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Health Tip: Cinnamon

When my father died, I was privileged to be there. And over the course of the following weeks I stayed with my mother helping through that exceedingly difficult time. During that time, I did a lot of sorting for my mom and stumbled across this incredible information about the healing power of cinnamon.

According to HealthDiaries.com:
  • Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.
  • Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes. (I am a borderline diabetic and have had no blood sugar spikes and drops since taking Cinnamon on a daily basis.)
  • In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
  • In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
  • It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  • In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
  • When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
  • One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
  • Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
  • It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
I asked my mother if she knew about this and she replied in the affirmative. I asked a couple of friends and again, they replied in the affirmative. Sheesh people! Share! I've been struggling with blood sugar spikes and drops my entire life!

Fast forward 16 months. I have been taking two capsules of cinnamon every day for the last year and have found that my blood sugar has indeed been stabilized. I don't have spikes and dips anymore, unless I eat or drink a little too much "sugar." At any rate, I've had good success with cinnamon.

So first, make sure to pick up a good quality cinnamon. I prefer to buy all my supplements from SwansonVitamins.com -- great quality, great prices.

Second, make an appointment with your doctor and discuss the studies with him. My doctor is great at helping me to understand portions of studies that are incomprehensible to me.


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Health Tip: Cinnamon Health Tip: Cinnamon Reviewed by Candace Salima on Friday, July 25, 2008 Rating: 5