The Benefits of Cinnamon!
We have known for some time that the inexpensive (and tasty) spice, cinnamon is of benefit in blood sugar management. A new study highlights this!
“A Swedish research team has again confirmed previous studies from 2000 and 2004, showing the positive effect of
cinnamon in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. This new study found a meaningful decrease in blood sugar in patients who consumed 6 grams of cinnamon with their rice pudding, versus those who ate their’s plain. They were also seeking to find whether cinnamon had any effect on satiety, but the results were negligible at best. Cinnamon has previously been indicated as a potential insulin substitute for those with type 2 diabetes — researchers have found that cinnamon contains a bioactive component with “insulin-like” effects. It has also been determined that this inexpensive spice increases glucose metabolism 20-fold.”
This is a great post from Dr. Mercola’s blog on the study:
“Previous studies found that half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It also reduces triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels among this group.
Cinnamon’s other benefits include:
* Supporting digestive function
* Relieving congestion
* Relieving pain and stiffness of muscles and joints
* Anti-inflammatory compounds that may relieve arthritis
* Helping to prevent urinary tract infections, tooth decay and gum disease
* It’s a powerful anti-microbial agent that can kill E. coli and other bacteria”