Nu Naturals Cinnamon Extract Pure Liquid - 2 oz. (59ml)
NuNaturals Cinnamon Extract Pure Liquid is nutritional support for anyone who wants to control the effects of sugar in their diet. Recent studies have determined that consuming as little as one-half teaspoon (1 gram) of Cinnamon each day may reduce blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels by as much as 20%.
NuNaturals uses an extract that has been extracted only with water. This eliminates the toxins that are produced when cinnamon is extracted using alcohol. While alcohol extraction is the preferred method for most herbs, Cinnnamon needs to be extracted in this way to maintain the purity of the extract. Alcohol is added to the final liquid product as a preservative. This is a highly concentrated extract and should not be confused with less potent tinctures. It is a 10:1 extract. One dropperful or 20 drops are equal to 1 gram of the powdered herb. This was the amount used successfully in studies. Suggested serving is twenty drops taken with meals. Because it is in a liquid form, it will get into the bloodstream very quickly and so it will get to work faster than tablets or capsules.
History of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices used. It was mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt not only as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent. Cinnamon is mention in one of the earliest books on Chinese botanical medicine. This book was in print as early as 2,700 B.C.
Cinnamon was widely used in Medieval Europe. It became a highly traded commodity traded between the Near East and Europe. Ceylon cinnamon is produced in Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Brazil and the Caribbean. Cassia is mainly produced in the Asian countries of China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Cinnamon Compounds Increase Insulin Sensitivity
Several compounds isolated from cinnamon may be one of the key natural ingredients for lowering blood sugar levels. US Agricultural Research Service scientists have studied cinnamon bark extracts. In test tube assays, the compounds, called polyphenolic polymers, increased sugar metabolism in fat cells twenty fold. The extracted compounds increase insulin sensitivity by activating key enzymes that stimulate insulin receptors, while inhibiting enzymes that deactivate the receptors. The compounds also have antioxidant effects, which may provide synergistic benefits to people. These water-soluble compounds can be separated from nearly all the fat-soluble, potentially toxic components found in cinnamon bark.
Human & Animal Studies
An animal study focusing on cinnamon's beneficial effects on insulin activity appeared in the December 2003 issue of Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. Rats were given a daily dose of cinnamon (300 mg per kilogram of body weight) for a 3 week period, their skeletal muscle was able to absorb 17% more blood sugar per minute compared to that of control rats, which had not received cinnamon. Researchers attributed these results to cinnamon's enhancement of the muscle cells' insulin-signaling pathway.
In humans with type 2 diabetes, consuming as little as 1 gram (about 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon) of cinnamon per day was found to reduce blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol, in a study published in the December 2003 issue of Diabetes Care. The placebo-controlled study evaluated 60 people with type 2 diabetes (30 men and 30 women ranging in age from 44 to 58 years). They were divided into 6 groups. Groups 1, 2, and 3 were given 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon daily, while groups 4, 5, and 6 received 1, 3 or 6 grams of placebo. After 40 days, all three levels of cinnamon reduced blood sugar levels by 18-29%, triglycerides 23-30%, LDL cholesterol 7-27%, and total cholesterol 12-26%, while no significant changes were seen in those groups receiving placebo. The researchers found that including cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will help reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.