Cinnamon (or Dalchini, in Hindi) has been an integral part of traditional Indian cooking. A recent study published in journal Lipids in Health and Disease had tried to study the benefits of cinnamon in managing metabolic syndrome, one of the major factors responsible for Diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood sugar levels and increased body weight and fat. These conditions are associated with a high risk of heart attack and stroke. The study has found that cinnamon contains many health properties that build and restore immunity, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and improve digestion.
The study was conducted in New Delhi on men and women with a high waist circumference and low HDL-C level. The group was administered with cinnamon pills after lunch breakfast and dinner. Long term consumption of cinnamon in this group showed significant decrease in their waist-to-hip ratio, lowered blood pressure, lowered cholesterol levels and improved blood sugar levels. The study has also found that cinnamon lowers high LDL-C (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride level in people with Type 2 Diabetes.
The study tried to find the properties of cinnamon that are responsible for metabolic improvement. Cinnamon was found to contain components like cinnamaldehyde and cinamic acid and water soluble polyphenol compounds. These components contain antioxidant properties and also contain insulin restoring properties.
This research study from India has found that consuming 2-3 gm of cinnamon every day may provide a better health outcome. However it is recommended that children below the age of 18 years, people on blood thinning medication, pregnant and lactating women should avoid consuming cinnamon.