Submitted to: Agro-Food Industry Hi-Tech
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/7/2008
Publication Date: 12/15/2008
Citation: Cao, H., Qin, B., Panickar, K.S., Anderson, R.A. 2008. Tea and cinnamon polyphenols improve the metabolic syndrome. Agro-Food Industry Hi-Tech. 19(6):14-17. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The metabolic syndrome is often a precursor of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease. Since the metabolic syndrome is multi-factorial, strategies for reducing its incidence and consequences must also be multi-factorial. Green tea and cinnamon polyphenols improve glucose, insulin, lipids, and related variables; and are anti-inflammatory, function as antioxidants and decrease neurodegeneration. In vitro, animal and human studies support the beneficial roles of cinnamon and tea polyphenols on the metabolic syndrome and risk factors associated with it.