Ah, cinnamon. Cinnamon rolls, spiced tea and hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick.
Cinnamon is an old-school comfort food, but it has awesome health benefits. Especially for your blood sugar.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory benefits. It has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and blood sugar levels.
The key why cinnamon works so well is its oil – cinnamaldehyde. The spice’s oils are why most all essential oils work so well.
Cinnamon is a spice that comes from the inner bark of trees known as Cinnamomum – a true cinnamon tree called the Ceylon cinnamon tree – a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka.
Cassia cinnamon, also known as Saigon cinnamon, is the more common variety of cinnamon mainly because it is less expensive, but Ceylon contains more antioxidants and lower amounts of courmarin, which has been shown to stress the liver.
Courmarin is found in many plants as a sweet smelling, bitter chemical that is a defense against predators. Buy Ceylon.
Cinnamon can reduce insulin resistance by stimulating insulin-like activity, and helps glucose metabolize in your liver. So, cinnamon helps both the pancreas and the liver.
If you leave cinnamon in a glass with coffee, for example, after several hours, the cinnamon will congeal and coagulate with the sugar in the coffee.
The cinnamon will form this jelly-like blob in your coffee cup.
Apparently, the cinnamon scavenges for glucose, encases it, and hence, lowers your insulin levels.
A 2005 study showed that 60 people with Type 2 diabetes consumed up to 6 grams of cinnamon per day between 40 days and 4 months. They had lower serum glucose, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and total cholesterol.
Improving Fungal Infections
Cinnamon oil may help treat some types of fungal infections.
A 2016 laboratory study found that cinnamon oil was effective against Candida.
How Much Is Too Much?
There is no established dose on how much is too much.
Some recommend 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2-4 grams) of powdered cinnamon daily. Some studies have used between 1 gram and 6 grams of cinnamon daily in their studies, but like everything else, always start anything new in moderation.
And remember that consistency is the key. Once your body gets used to a healthy tool, provide it on a regular basis.
Enjoy a cup of hot cinnamon tea before bed tonight.
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