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The Magic and Weight Loss Benefits of Cinnamon

February Health IQ Question

What spice is known to help regulate blood sugar, aid digestion, improve circulation, decrease triglycerides, decrease total cholesterol and decrease LDL cholesterol?

Answer: Cinnamon!

History & Usage

For centuries, cinnamon has been used for medicinal purposes by many cultures across the globe.

Perhaps one of the most popular spices to be used for the highest variety of ailments, cinnamon, a natural antioxidant, has been consumed to treat a multitude of common ailments, ranging from digestive disorders like diarrhea and gas, to morning sickness and even the common cold! Records indicate that medieval physicians used cinnamon in medicines to treat coughing, hoarseness and sore throats. Cinnamon has also been used to treat toothaches and even bad breath!

Current Research

And it only gets better!

Recent research has shown a strong correlation between cinnamon intake and lower levels of fasting glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol; and these results were seen after only 40 days of ingestion!

Cinnamon is thought to help control blood sugar by enhancing the ability of insulin to metabolize glucose. Great news for diabetics or those of you with vicious carb-cravings! Many diabetics report favorable results by adding 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon per day to their daily diet.

Keep Away Mosquitos!

That’s right! Cinnamon has even been reported as an effective insect repellant and it has antiseptic and astringent properties, and can even aid in food preservation due to its antimicrobial properties.

Ideas for Use

So go ahead and liberally enjoy the wonderfully sweet and warm flavor of cinnamon. Add to tea, orange juice, oatmeal, coffee before brewing, hot chocolate, toast, protein shakes, cereal, any baked goods or even on salads and meats. The active components are not destroyed by heat.

 

 

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