Supplementing with cinnamonhas been found to reduce blood pressure in pre-diabetic and diabetic people. Cinnamon in combination with magnesium, improved diet and lifestyle, created changes that can lead to overall reductions in blood pressure by 25 mm Hg, a smaller reduction than any medicine for hypertension can achieve …but without side effects.
Cinnamon doesn’t just reduce blood pressure
Valued in antiquity as currency and once was considered more precious than gold, cinnamon – one of the known and oldest spices in the world – has one of the highest values of antioxidants of all foods and in natural medicine is used from everything from nausea to menstruation issues, energy and for diabetes.
“Cinnamon itself has insulin-like activity and can also potentiate the activity of insulin. The latter could be very important in the treatment of people with type 2 diabetes Cinnamon has a bioactive component that we believe has the potential to prevent or overcome diabetes, “said researcher Don Graves in a statement.
When it comes to the highest ORAC antioxidant values on the scale (ability to absorb oxygen radicals), cinnamon is in third place just behind the clove and sumac (Sumac). ORAC units or “ORAC score” were developed by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While the exact relationship between the ORAC value of a food and health benefit has not been established, it is believed that the foods highest in ORAC scale more effectively in neutralizing free radicals. According to the free radical theory of aging, this slows oxidative processes and free radical damage may contribute to age-related degeneration and disease.
Studies behind the discovery of how cinnamon reduced blood pressure
Numerous studies have reported that cinnamon and compounds containing it can improve the parameters associated with diabetes. The meta-analysis by scientists at the University of Toronto (Canada), the University of West London (UK) and London South Bank University (UK) is said to be the first to evaluate the effects of cinnamon and blood pressure in diabetic.
Cinnamon without any change in diet or lifestyle is associated with reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure of 5.39 mmHg and 2.6, according to a scientific report in Nutrition.
Commenting on the possible mechanisms of action, Dr. Akilen and coworkers, said a recent review had “confirmed that;
“cinnamon and components thereof have beneficial effects on factors associated with metabolic syndrome, including sensitivity insulin, glucose, lipids, antioxidants, inflammation, blood pressure, and body weight “.
In short, this meta-analysis of three RCTs indicates that consumption of cinnamon (short term) is associated with a significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with prediabetes and [type 2 diabetes], “they wrote.