Cinnamon in the Prevention of Type II Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
The FDA would like you to think that no nutrient can prevent any disease. The US Department of Agriculture1 would like you to know that cinnamon, especially water-soluble extracts, “may be important in the alleviation and prevention of the signs and symptoms of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular and related diseases.”
While the FDA is still arguing the Earth is flat the USDA says cinnamon can help numerous problems associated with the metabolic syndrome including: insulin resistance, elevated glucose and lipids, inflammation, blood pressure, decreased antioxidant activity, increased weight gain, and increased glycation of proteins. They also say cinnamon may be helpful in Alzheimer’s disease, reducing the damage of a stroke, and helping to prevent cancer cells from spreading.
When we have a society rapidly moving in the direction of an epidemic of metabolic syndrome, with devastating loss of quality of health and astronomical health care costs, shouldn’t the people be informed by public health officials of natural options with science showing they can help. The USDA seems to think so. The FDA is on some other planet – looking out for the profits of Big Pharma toxins like Avandia.
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