Cinnamon: More Precious Than Gold?

August 2, 2022

Cinnamon is among the oldest spices in the world, used in Chinese medicine since 2700 BC. Historically, cinnamon was so highly regarded, it was known to be more precious than gold! It ranks #1 as the most popular spice in the world.

  1. In health care terms, cinnamon is known for its ability to improve blood sugar levels. 1 teaspoon daily is enough to decrease fasting blood sugar by 18-29% making it an easy way to lose weight and improve blood sugar levels, reducing the risk for diabetes.
  2. Powerful antioxidants relieve inflammation, which can lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia and many other diseases. Due to the anti-inflammatory benefits, it can be beneficial in pain management as well.
  3. Cinnamon has also been shown to reduce many of the most common risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, (bad) LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
  4. Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants that reduce free radicals and slow the aging process. Research has identified at least 41 different protectant factors within the spice.
  5. Preserves brain function, helping defend against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. In-vitro studies show it helps block protein build-up and protects neurons against oxidative stress to reduce inflammation and cell damage.
  6. Because of the antioxidant properties, cinnamon protects against DNA damage, and tumor growth while killing off cancer cells, especially in the colon.
  7. Fights infections and viruses, and protects against certain strains of bacteria that cause oral tooth decay, cavities, mouth infections and bad breath, all without chemicals.

How to use:

Add a pinch to meat dishes, drinks, rubs and sauces or desserts, offsetting the risk of blood sugar spikes after eating. Cinnamon can also be purchased in capsule form for diabetes or pre-diabetes control. Look for organic, “true” cinnamon, sourced from Ceylon. Much of the inexpensive commercial cinnamon is nothing but cinnamon dust, mixed with fillers.

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