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Better weight, less fat, lower blood sugar and pressure with cinnamon

Metabolic syndrome includes excess fat around the waist, high blood pressure and sugar, high levels of triglycerides and low levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol.

In this study, 116 people with metabolic syndrome took 1,000 mg of cinnamon capsules three times per day with meals, or placebo pills. After 16 weeks, while the placebo group had not improved, those taking cinnamon had lost an average of 7.7 pounds of body weight, 2.2 inches in waist circumference, 1.5 percent of body fat, and lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 13.6 and 8.1 mmHg, respectively.

Compared to placebo, fasting blood sugar levels were lower by 5.4 mg per deciliter of blood (mg/dL), total cholesterol by 16.24 mg/dL, and triglycerides by 17.7 mg/dL. HDL, the “good” cholesterol, increased by 1.9 mg/dL. Overall, 34.5 percent of those in the cinnamon group were no longer classified as having metabolic syndrome compared to 5.4 percent for placebo.

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