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December 13, 2003

Cinnamon beneficial for diabetics

People with diabetes can help keep their bodies healthy by simply adding a dash of spice to their diet, new research reports.

In a study, diabetics who incorporated one gram -- equivalent to less than one-quarter teaspoon -- of cinnamon per day for 40 days into their normal diets experienced a decrease in levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood fats.
Diabetics could add a dash of cinnamon to their morning servings of coffee, orange juice or cereal. You can also make a cinnamon tea by simply boiling water with stick cinnamon.

Cinnamon contains some substances that can be toxic in high amounts, so people should be sure
not to get too much of a good thing. However, a gram per day is not considered a high amount.