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Heart Beat: Spicy medicine, or just spice?

Updated: November 01, 2006

Heart Beat

Spicy medicine, or just spice?

An announcement in 2003 by Pakistani and American researchers certainly added some spice to controlling cholesterol and blood sugar. Their study of 60 people with type 2 diabetes showed that taking capsules of powdered cinnamon lowered blood sugar, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglycerides. This trio is a common problem for people with diabetes.

That was all it took to jump start a mini-industry in cinnamon-containing supplements and extracts.

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