Effect of Cinnamon Tea on Postprandial Glucose Concentration

J Diabetes Res. 2015;2015:913651. doi: 10.1155/2015/913651. Epub 2015 Jul 14.

Abstract

Glycaemic control, in particular at postprandial period, has a key role in prevention of different diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular events. Previous studies suggest that postprandial high blood glucose levels (BGL) can lead to an oxidative stress status, which is associated with metabolic alterations. Cinnamon powder has demonstrated a beneficial effect on postprandial glucose homeostasis in animals and human models. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of cinnamon tea (C. burmannii) on postprandial capillary blood glucose level on nondiabetic adults. Participants were given oral glucose tolerance test either with or without cinnamon tea in a randomized clinical trial. The data revealed that cinnamon tea administration slightly decreased postprandial BGL. Cinnamon tea ingestion also results in a significantly lower postprandial maximum glucose concentration and variation of maximum glucose concentration (p < 0.05). Chemical analysis showed that cinnamon tea has a high antioxidant capacity, which may be due to its polyphenol content. The present study provides evidence that cinnamon tea, obtained from C. burmannii, could be beneficial for controlling glucose metabolism in nondiabetic adults during postprandial period.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology*
  • Blood Glucose / drug effects*
  • Cinnamomum*
  • Female
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Male
  • Plant Bark*
  • Plant Preparations / pharmacology*
  • Postprandial Period
  • Teas, Herbal

Substances

  • Antioxidants
  • Blood Glucose
  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Plant Preparations
  • Teas, Herbal