Cinnamon reduces insulin resistance parameters in polycystic ovary syndrome. - GreenMedInfo Summary
The effect of cinnamon extract on insulin resistance parameters in polycystic ovary syndrome: a pilot study.
Nutrition. 2001 Apr;17(4):315-21. PMID: 17296187
Cinnamon extract has been shown to reduce insulin resistance in in vitro and in vivo studies by increasing phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase activity in the insulin signaling pathway and thus potentiating insulin action. Fifteen women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were randomized to daily oral cinnamon and placebo for 8 weeks. Comparisons of post-treatment to baseline insulin sensitivity indices using fasting and 2-hour oral glucose tolerance tests showed significant reductions in insulin resistance in the cinnamon group but not in the placebo group. A larger trial is needed to confirm the findings of this pilot study and to evaluate the effect of cinnamon extract on menstrual cyclicity.