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USDA Examines Diabetes Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon could soon be used in the battle against type 2 diabetes, according to United States Agricultural Department scientists.

Nutrition researchers from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service are evaluating the components of cinnamon and other spices to explore their beneficial effects on insulin levels. At least one study suggests that cinnamon could have a beneficial effect.

According to NutraIngredients:

“Volunteers were randomly assigned to supplement their diets with either water-soluble cinnamon extracts or a placebo for 12 weeks ... Volunteers who took the cinnamon extract ... showed significant decreases in fasting blood glucose and small increases in lean muscle mass compared with the placebo group.”

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