A Spoonful of Cinnamon Makes the Medicine Go Down … By Mrs Vera West

     I did not know before reading this, how good for you simple cinnamon is, the stuff not impregnated with sugar, just pure and natural, organic if possible:

“In 2003, the journal Diabetes Care described a study in which researchers gave different amounts of cinnamon to diabetes patients, while a control group was given a placebo. After forty days, the researchers found the patients who had been consuming cinnamon had lower glucose, triglycerides, and low-density lipoprotein (bad) cholesterol. By contrast, the cinnamon had no to little effect on patients high-density lipoprotein (good) cholesterol. The researchers concluded adding cinnamon to the diets of patients with type 2 diabetes would reduce risk factors linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Ten years later, the Annals of Family Medicine described a study in which researchers reviewed several different medical trials. They found cinnamon actually increased participants high-density lipoprotein cholesterol while reducing their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, glucose, and triglycerides. In 2014, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine described an analysis of various studies of cinnamon’s medical benefits. The scientists found cinnamon, in addition to reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and glucose, could also lower blood pressure by reducing constriction of the blood vessels. All of these effects can cut down the risk of heart disease.”

     One of the surprising benefits of cinnamon is that it can help diabetes, as cinnamon is a good source of antioxidants called polyphenols, which improve insulin sensitivity. Cinnamon can also lower blood sugar levels. That is a lot coming from a herb which you can buy from the supermarket for less that $2 a bottle, and which can be generously sprinkled over your morning breakfast of blueberries and nuts and seeds, all of which also have heart health benefits.



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