Cinnamon improved triglyceride and cholesterol levels in women with PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a metabolic and reproductive condition that includes irregular periods and ovulation, a higher level of male—androgenic—hormones, unbalanced lipid profiles, and high blood pressure.

In this study, 84 overweight or obese women with PCOS, aged 20 to 38, took a placebo or three 500 mg capsules of cinnamon per day. After eight weeks, those taking cinnamon saw triglyceride levels decrease from 117.74 to 96.1 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) compared to placebo which decreased from 131.76 to 124.62.

Levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, also significantly decreased for cinnamon while not changing for placebo. HDL, the “good” cholesterol, increased for cinnamon while decreasing for placebo. Total antioxidant capacity improved by 9 percent for cinnamon, and a biomarker for oxidative stress decreased 8 percent.

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