Rev Up Your Metabolism with Cinnamon

November 19, 2014

I love cinnamon - not only for its spicy taste and comforting, warm scent, but also for its incredible health benefits.

Did you know cinnamon holds medical power for diabetics?

A study in Diabetic Medicine showed that cinnamon is a powerful natural agent for stabilizing blood sugar by controlling blood glucose. Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day has been shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Combined with proper nutrition and exercise, cinnamon can help diabetics improve their health.



Here are five ways cinnamon can boost your metabolism:

  • Cinnamon improves the effectiveness of your body’s insulin while slowing the stomach’s emptying of food, thereby reducing sharp spikes in blood sugar following meals.
  • Cinnamon includes a bioflavonoid called proanthocyanidin that may alter fat cells’ insulin-signaling activity. Cinnamon also has “insulin-like effects” thanks to a bioactive compound, making it a potential natural substitute.
  • Cinnamon improves blood sugar regulation by increasing glucose metabolism by 20.
  • Cinnamon enhances antioxidant defences. According to a 2009 study, polyphenols from cinnamon might act as both insulin sensitizers and antioxidants, making them of special interest to overweight individuals with impaired fasting glucose.
  • Cinnamon also supports digestive function, stimulates circulation with blood-thinning compounds, and relieves pain and stiffness in muscles and joints, among other health benefits.

Adding cinnamon to your diet is a cheap, healthy and flavorful way to prevent or combat type 2 diabetes. Holding diabetes at bay never tasted so good!

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The Nurses Shift
The Nurses Shift

November 25, 2014

It gives us more reasons to use it!

amanda
amanda

November 21, 2014

i love cinnamon! didn’t know it had ALL these benefits

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