My wife's grandmother picked me up some vitamins. She swears by them. She says that they stopped diabetes in her husband and others. So I'm taking the pills. I decided to see what I could find on the subject though. It just sounded too good to be true. I think I was right. I found the study in an article of Diabetes Care, a journal for health care practitioners. The article was titled "Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes". Sounds promising right? The article was written by Alam Khan, MS, PHD, and co-written by others. Most of which seemed to be family members who wanted to be published and a Richard A. Anderson, PHD from Nutrients Requirements and Functions Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland. I'm sure he was called in to add credibility because the others and the study itself were located in Peshawar, Pakistan.
The article did try to give credibility to the title claim. But after going over the figures and data, it left me feeling that cinnamon has no effect.
The first thing that jumps out at me, was the claim that 1g gave the best results. 3g and 6g gave less improvement. Should they have had decreased improvement/g rather than just decreased improvement. Maybe the cinnamon ran out of available glucose and started attacking insulin. Sure, and I have this bridge in Brooklyn I'll sell you cheap. As the author says, it can't be explained.
So, lets go to the data, When you first look at the data it looks great. Till to get to the placebo section. If you normalize all the data, you'll see that the difference between the trial and the placebo is insignificant.
You can read this article yourself at diabetesjournals.org and make your own decision. As for me, right, like I'm going to go against Grandma Nancy's orders.