Cinnamon’s health effects
Harvested from the inner bark of a tropical evergreen plant, cinnamon has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat respiratory and digestive problems for centuries. Ancient Egyptians used cinnamon as a perfume during the embalming process, while Romans used it in funeral pyres to mask the stench of burning flesh.
There are two basic types of cinnamon: Ceylon, which is grown in Sri Lanka, and cassia, which is widely produced in China and Indonesia. Cassia has the stronger flavor and odor of the two and, due to its much lower cost, is what most of us buy in the store to sprinkle on our food.
Past research has linked cassia cinnamon to better blood sugar levels. A small study of 18 people with type 2 diabetes found cassia was more effective than diet alone in lowering blood glucose levels; It was even comparable to oral diabetes medications.
Another study of 60 people with type 2 diabetes found that small doses of cassia cinnamon reduced blood sugar levels while improving LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol.
Other studies, however, have failed to duplicate those findings. A 2012 review of 10 randomized controlled trials, for example, didn’t find sufficient evidence to support using cinnamon to control blood sugars.
Romeo believes part of the issue is that people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are likely on various medications that might interfere with study results.
So he and a group of researchers in South Korea decided to focus specifically on people with prediabetes who were not yet on medications. South Korea was included, Romeo said, because the rates of diabetes in East and South Asia have been rising at a particularly fast rate over the last three decades.
The small, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial gave study participants in Boston and South Korea a 500-milligram capsule of cassia cinnamon or a placebo three times a day over 12 weeks. The study used a very sensitive, fasting plasma glucose test to measure the response.
“The difference between the groups of patients was significant,” Romeo said. “Blood glucose levels of people on cinnamon would not go as high as the participants on placebo after meals and also would return to baseline much faster.”
What's the Cinnulin PF® in each serving of Swee2ooth?
Cinnulin PF® is a unique proprietary, patented 20:1 cinnamon extract, which is one of few cinnamon extracts that has research to support its functions including blood sugar, blood pressure and brain support. A new patent was issued in August, 2017 for Metabolic Syndrome including Body Composition and Blood Pressure Claims. Cinnamon has a long history of use for flavoring, as a spice or preservative, and for medicinal purposes. In 2007, a systemic review was performed on cinnamon’s safety and efficacy on various properties such as antioxidant, gastrointestinal and brain support and immune function (Dugoua, et al, 2007). After that time, further evaluation was done on cinnamon’s effects on blood sugar, insulin, and other functions. In an in vitro study with cinnamon’s doubly linked Type A polymers, glucose metabolism improved twenty fold (Anderson RA et al, 2004).
After years of investigation, Cinnulin PF® was developed as a water-soluble extract from the bark of the Cinnamomum Burmannii tree (also known as Indonesian Cassia) using a proprietary extraction process called Controlled Polymer Purification Technology (CPPT). This process allows the important, biologically active compounds to be isolated from the potential toxins from the whole cinnamon.