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This is what happens if you take a gram of cinnamon with every meal
Not too fit individuals who want to improve their lifestyle become significantly healthier if they take a gram of cinnamon with every meal. Their blood pressure and cholesterol and glucose balance improve, their waist circumference decreases.
All subjects were given information about healthy food and exercise, which they actually used to improve their lifestyle.
Half of the subjects took two capsules three times a day, with each meal, each containing half a gram of cinnamon - with Cinnamonum zeylanicum, to be precise. The subjects therefore took one gram of cinnamon with each meal, and 3 grams daily. The other half of the subjects used a placebo.
According to fundamental research, cinnamon can positively change glucose metabolism through multiple mechanisms. Phenolic phytochemicals in cinnamon inhibit enzymes that convert starch into carbohydrates and enhance the action of insulin and the insulin receptor.
Of all the herbs and spices we use in cooking, cinnamon may be the best source of phenols. [Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 5(25), pp. 6067-6075, 9 November, 2011.]
Cinnamon supplementation also caused a significant increase in HDL levels. This was a scientific novelty.
"While the results of this investigation are promising, they should be tested in a larger sample over longer period of time."