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Chalcone Polymers & Methylhydroxy Chalcone Polymer (MHCP)



Cinnamon and Chalone Polymers

  • Researchers at the USDA have identified phytochemicals in cinnamon called chalcone polymers the most active of which is —methylhydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP)— that can increase cellular glucose metabolism by 20 times or more!69.
  • Chalcones are aromatic polymers that show anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial and antitumor properties and are also powerful antioxidants.
  • MHCP functions as an ‘insulin mimic’70 increasing uptake of glucose into cells. The improvement in insulin sensitivity is so effective that the US Agricultural Research Service [ARS] have sought a patent on compounds extracted from cinnamon69
  • None of the 50 or more plant compounds tested came anywhere near MHCP’s effect on glucose metabolism.
  • Cinnamon can also decrease not only blood glucose levels but also triglycerides, cholesterol and LDL [the ‘bad’ cholesterol]. Intakes as low as 1 gram per day may be of significant benefit to those with insulin resistance or Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus [T2DM]71.
  • Whole cinnamon may be very beneficial72
  • Whole cinnamon may add not only the chalcone polymers but other compounds that act synergistically.
  • Products such as Cinnulin-PF contain water-soluble extracts of cinnamon which contain standardized amounts of the bioactive polyphenol polymers found in whole cinnamon.

Cinnamon, a Carminative [gas reliever]

  • Cinnamon is known as a carminative i.e. a ‘gas reliever’. So if abdominal bloating and discomfort is a problem for you, then cinnamon may help73,74.

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