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April 26, 2007



Hi everyone, I came across some information about cinnamon that is relevant to PCOS and insulin resistance. A pilot study at Columbia University showed that consumption of cinnamon reduced insulin resistance in fifteen PCOS women. It sounds like taking cinnamon extract may be a good idea, according to Dr. Nancy Dunne.

Richard Petty

Dear Lynn,

Thank you so much for your comment.

The cinnamon story has been going round for almost twenty years since it was first reported that Ayurvedic physicians had been using it for treating diabetes.

Some studies like the one that you mentioned have been positive and there is also some animal work to suggest that it may help both insulin resistance and hypertension. Unfortunately other studies have failed to find that it helps, at least in Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon is one of half a dozen unorthodox approaches that we have looked at in diabetes, insulin resistance and PCOS, and so far I've not been impressed. But one snag with many studies of herbs and nutraceuticals is that it can be hard to ensure that you have a batch that contains the right mixture of active ingredients. That's often been why different studies produce different results. It is also important for people to know if they want to try a herb or supplement: make sure that you get one that has been made by a reputable manufacturer.

I have listed a few of the manufacturers that I like on the left hand side of this blog. I don't have ties with any of them, I have just been very pleased with their products. I shall continue to enlarge the list as I check out other manufacturers.

Kind regards,


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