Today I was reminded about cinnamon’s incredible health benefits when reading a newly released study about cinnamon’s effect on blood glucose in diabetics. People with diabetes have trouble controlling their blood sugar levels so using insulin helps reduce the blood sugar and the insulin spike. Research has shown that cinnamon imparts multiple health benefits (as do just about all spices).
A few of cinnamon’s health benefits include:
- Reduces LDL in people with Type II diabetes
- Reduces free radical damage that can cause cardiovascular disease
- Lowers blood sugar even in healthy subjects. (so great to add on sweets!)
I believe there is a reason some things taste good together. For example, tomatoes are not a good source of calcium, but adding cheese to tomatoes can boost the calcium content. Spices such as sage and rosemary are added to meats and not only taste good together but help preserve the meat. Indian spices act as a preservative as well as having multiple health benefits for us. Oreo cookies and milk…well OK not everything that tastes good together is good for you.
But back to cinnamon and sweets…this holiday season think about adding if you are baking something sweet consider adding some cinnamon. Cinnamon sticks in the apple cider, cinnamon in an apple pie, cinnamon on baked winter squash, even cinnamon in brownies! The cinnamon will help reduce blood sugar and thereby reduce your insulin level rise. Also cinnamon has a warming effect on the body so during the winter months is the most common time to use it. Your kitchen pantry is a medicine cabinet!
Yours In Health,
George Mandler LDN LicAc
Acupuncture, Nutrition & Herbal Medicine