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Cinnamon

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:21 PM
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Cinnamon: the blood sugar stabilizer



Cinnamon is one of the most anti-oxidant rich herbs on the planet. It has been revered by nearly every culture for centuries for its sweet taste and pleasant aroma. Cinnamon has been shown to have remarkable medicinal qualities that enhance blood sugar signaling, reduce inflammation, stimulate immunity and promote neurological health.

Cinnamon is naturally attained from the inner bark of a specialized family of trees with the genus name Cinnamomum. It is primarily grown in South East Asia regions with Sri Lanka being the major producer at 80-90 percent of the world's supply.

Cinnamon is one of the oldest and most revered spices in the world. It was mentioned in the Bible several times as a component Moses used in anointing oil and it is in the perfume in the Song of Solomon among other areas. Cinnamon was so highly esteemed that it was considered more precious than gold.
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frndlyfn
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM

An anti-Oxidant powerhouse

Cinnamon has the 2nd highest ranked anti-oxidant rich spice with an incredible ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) score of 267,536. Cinnamon's powerful essential oils are known for their "anti-microbial" factors. Studies have shown this spice to be highly effective at halting the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida.

Cinnamon also helps to balance blood sugar by stimulating insulin receptors, giving them a stronger affinity for the blood-sugar lowering hormone. In response, the body needs to produce less insulin in order to create the desired effect. This creates less pancreatic stress, improved metabolic rate, and decreased inflammation.

Cinnamon has three major oils that contain active components called cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate and cinnamyl alcohol. Cinnamaldehyde have been studied to block the release of inflammatory agents on the cell membrane.

If this isn't enough, the mere scent of cinnamon has been shown to powerfully stimulate regions of the brain allowing for greater attention span & memory. Sprinkle lots of this amazing spice on sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, fruit, pastries, ice cream, egg nog and more.

Cinnamon should be kept in a cool, dark area with a tight seal to reduce oxidation of its powerful nutrients. Ground cinnamon will stay good for six months in the proper conditions while cinnamon sticks will last about a year. Refrigeration helps extend this lifespan. If the cinnamon does not smell sweet than it is no longer fresh and should be thrown away. Old cinnamon smells somewhat rusty and has a reduced aromatic component.
frndlyfn
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Types of cinnamon

Two major types of cinnamon commonly found on the market include Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia. These are from the same family but only the Ceylon variety is considered true cinnamon. Ceylon is more expensive and nutrient dense but also harder to come by. Both types have been shown to have powerful anti-microbial, anti-iflammatory and blood sugar regulating abilities.

The major difference between the two is the coumarin content. Coumarins are blood thinning agents that are found in many different plants. High intake of these coumarins can cause too low of a blood thinning affect. Cassia cinnamon has much higher levels of coumarins and therefore must be used in moderation in comparison to the Ceylon.

The challenge of the consumer is that the different types are most often not clearly labeled. The powders look and smell the same. It is best for individuals to use this spice in moderation unless they know for sure it is the Ceylon type. A half teaspoon daily is plenty to derive the benefits of this super herb.

MixedCooke
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 1:43 AM

also helps with balancing your blood sugar/insulin levels aka helps people with diabetes, also helps to speed metabolism

frndlyfn
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 1:46 AM


Quoting MixedCooke:

also helps with balancing your blood sugar/insulin levels aka helps people with diabetes, also helps to speed metabolism


Cinnamon also helps to balance blood sugar by stimulating insulin receptors, giving them a stronger affinity for the blood-sugar lowering hormone. In response, the body needs to produce less insulin in order to create the desired effect. This creates less pancreatic stress, improved metabolic rate, and decreased inflammation.

katzmeow726
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

And now I'm craving me some fried apples with brown sugar and cinnamon...which I am sure completely un does any health benefit, because I fry them in butter :-D

MistressMinerva
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Thanks for sharing.

boomom1973
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I have a friend that started using cinnamon, along with diet and exercise and was able to go off her oral meds. She said it really helped her blood sugar.

4kidz916
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Thanks!  I love cinnamon.

frndlyfn
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 8:25 PM


Quoting katzmeow726:

And now I'm craving me some fried apples with brown sugar and cinnamon...which I am sure completely un does any health benefit, because I fry them in butter :-D

Butter = calcium and a tad of butter is ok for a healthy diet.

katzmeow726
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 8:45 PM

LOL I'm talking Paula Deen amounts of butter here :-D

Quoting frndlyfn:


Quoting katzmeow726:

And now I'm craving me some fried apples with brown sugar and cinnamon...which I am sure completely un does any health benefit, because I fry them in butter :-D

Butter = calcium and a tad of butter is ok for a healthy diet.


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