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Cinnamon and Cloves May Fight Diabetes

Wednesday, 05 April 2006 12:00 AM

Cinnamon and cloves may well be effective diabetes fighters according to interesting findings presented at the Experimental Biology meeting, in San Francisco.

The studies from the USDA nutrition lab in Beltsville, Md., show that the spices help reduce key metabolic conditions that can lead to or exacerbate diabetes.

One study demonstrated that just two daily quarter teaspoon of cinnamon lowers triglycerides, cholesterol and glucose levels by 10 to 30 percent, stimulates insulin-like activity, and also helps alleviate inflammatory conditions like arthritis.

A second study found that a few grams of cloves daily has similar effects.

"If you can improve insulin function the cholesterol goes down, triglycerides go down, glucose goes down, and all this goes towards the alleviation of type 2 diabetes," said Dr. Richard Anderson, the USDA nutritionist who headed the studies.

In the lab, Dr. Anderson and his team studied the effect of consuming one to six grams of cinnamon extract a day. One gram is the equivalent of about a half a teaspoon.

They found that cinnamon at all doses increased levels of three important proteins crucial to promoting normal insulin-signaling processes, a healthy inflammatory response, and efficient glucose transportation throughout the body.

The clove study involved 36 men and women diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The subjects consumed either one, two or three grams of cloves for 30 days.

All those who took the cloves showed a drop in glucose, triglycerides and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels. Those who did not have the cloves experienced no changes.

Dr. Anderson said the spices appear to be beneficial for most people.

"The people who would benefit the most are those who have impairments in their blood sugar," he said.

Dr. Anderson warned people against loading up their food with cloves and cinnamon. He said cinnamon in powdered form is rendered ineffective by contact with saliva, and its lack of solubility in water can result in an unwanted build up in the body.

Instead, he recommended grinding coffee and cinnamon together before brewing, using cinnamon sticks to make hot tea, or buying cinnamon capsules made from a water-soluble extract.

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