Cinnamon Intake Lowers Fasting Blood Glucose: Meta-Analysis

Department of Nutrition, University of California-Davis, Davis, California 95616, USA.
Journal of medicinal food (Impact Factor: 1.7). 04/2011; 14(9):884-9. DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2010.0180
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ABSTRACT Cinnamon, the dry bark and twig of Cinnamomum spp., is a rich botanical source of polyphenolics that has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine and has been shown to affect blood glucose and insulin signaling. Cinnamon's effects on blood glucose have been the subject of many clinical and animal studies; however, the issue of cinnamon intake's effect on fasting blood glucose (FBG) in people with type 2 diabetes and/or prediabetes still remains unclear. A meta-analysis of clinical studies of the effect of cinnamon intake on people with type 2 diabetes and/or prediabetes that included three new clinical trials along with five trials used in previous meta-analyses was done to assess cinnamon's effectiveness in lowering FBG. The eight clinical studies were identified using a literature search (Pub Med and Biosis through May 2010) of randomized, placebo-controlled trials reporting data on cinnamon and/or cinnamon extract and FBG. Comprehensive Meta-Analysis (Biostat Inc., Englewood, NJ, USA) was performed on the identified data for both cinnamon and cinnamon extract intake using a random-effects model that determined the standardized mean difference ([i.e., Change 1(control) - Change 2(cinnamon)] divided by the pooled SD of the post scores). Cinnamon intake, either as whole cinnamon or as cinnamon extract, results in a statistically significant lowering in FBG (-0.49±0.2 mmol/L; n=8, P=.025) and intake of cinnamon extract only also lowered FBG (-0.48 mmol/L±0.17; n=5, P=.008). Thus cinnamon extract and/or cinnamon improves FBG in people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.

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    • "Incubation of blueberry-DSF at 4, 25 and 37 °C for 22 weeks showed no change in concentration of total polyphenols extracted from the matrix (Roopchand et al., 2012). Assessment of randomised, placebo controlled clinical trials with aqueous cinnamon extracts that measured FBG, showed significant effects on lowering FBG (Davis & Yokoyama, 2011). The use of an aqueous extract may provide a higher dose and/or increased bioavailability of bioactive components. "
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    • "This suggests that perturbed glucose/insulin metabolism may be directly or indirectly involved, at least to some extent, in some forms of hypertension. Furthermore, recent meta-analysis also demonstrated that cinnamon intake lowers FPG [18] [19]. We have already demonstrated the effect of cinnamon and its cellular mechanism on blood glucose and BP regulation in patients with T2DM [6] [20]. "
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    • "However, meta-analysis of cinnamon clinical studies 60 limited to randomized, placebo controlled trials that measured fasting blood glucose (FBG), showed overall significant effects on lowering FBG (Davis & Yokoyama, 2011). Furthermore, 62 evaluation of human trials that used only aqueous cinnamon extracts showed a greater level of significance for lowering blood glucose (Davis & Yokoyama, 2011). Thus, the form in which 64 cinnamon is administered may be important since extracts (aqueous and/or organic solvent extraction) and powders (pulverized bark material) would provide different compositions of 66 phytochemicals with different levels of bioavailability. "
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