The Power of Cinnamon

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Not only does cinnamon taste good, it has some great health benefits for diabetic patients (and for non-diabetics too).  Several small studies and a few anecdotal reports show that cinnamon may help decrease blood sugar levels.  Researchers are not exactly sure how the cinnamon helps improve blood sugar levels, but one thought is that it may slow the digestion rate from the stomach, which improves insulin sensitivity.  Several small studies also report reductions in cholesterol levels with daily cinnamon intake. The studies that showed the positive health benefits used ground cinnamon, not cinnamon pills.  There was one small study that stated there was no change in blood sugar levels in post-menopausal women using cinnamon pills.

So, we recommend a daily intake of 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon daily.  Sprinkle it in your coffee, cereal, oatmeal, and yogurt or on an apple (to make it taste like apple pie).  Enjoy the health benefits of this tasty spice!

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3 Responses to The Power of Cinnamon

  1. Brian says:

    This is very stangely cool post in that it’s so timely with what I’ve been giving thought to recently. I actually just posted a list of 11 ways to reduce insulin resistance and control blood sugar better and without drugs and of all eleven ways this was one method I hadn’t identifed.

    If you don’t mind I’m going to update my post with this method and credit this post as inspiration. Thanks and keep up the quality posts.

  2. Richard Painter says:

    Can you reference the studies? Trials?
    Were they properly controlled/blinded?

  3. I add cinnamon to all my green smoothies.

    Feel free to post this with links back here at http://greensmoothies.ning.com/

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