The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    How might cinnamon lower blood sugar levels?

    The results of studies using cinnamon are inconsistent, but researchers from Sweden wanted to find out how cinnamon might lower blood sugar levels.

    To do this, they measured the time for a serving of rice pudding (with and without cinnamon) to empty from the stomach into the intestines.

    The details.

    • 14 healthy volunteers ate 300 grams (a little more than a cup) of rice pudding with and without 6 grams (about a teaspoonful) of cinnamon added.
    • Hmm, tasty.

    And the results.

    • Adding cinnamon to the rice pudding significantly delayed gastric emptying and lowered the postprandial (post meal levels of blood sugar) response.
    • There was no difference in satiety.

    The researchers concluded, “Inclusion of cinnamon in the diet lowers the postprandial glucose response, a change that is at least partially explained by a delayed GER [gastric emptying rate].”

    6/7/07 22:52 JR

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