Thursday, October 02, 2014

Cinnamon



Cinnamon comes from the bark of a small tree thast grows in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam and Egypt.  Recent studies have found that cinnamon may have a

beneficial effect on blood sugar.  One of the first human studies was published in 2003 in a medical journal  called Diabetes Care. Sixty people with type 2 diabetes took 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon in pill form daily, an amount roughly equivalent to one quarter of a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.  After 40 days, all 3 amounts of cinnamon reduced fasting blood glucose by 18 to 29%, triglycerides by 23 to 30%, LDL cholesterol by 7 to 27%, and total cholesterol by 12 to 26%.

Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties.  Some studies have showed that even smelling cinnamon can increase your memory and brain functioning on a number of tasks.

Cinnamon falls second in Total Antioxidant Count, at 267,536, second only to Cloves.

Ciinnamon tea is a good, delicious way to get more cinnamon into your diet.  I personally throw a couple of cinnamon sticks into a small pan of water, simmer for ten minutes, remove the cinnamon sticks, pour the cinnamon water into cups, add a Celestial Seasonings Tangerine Orange Zinger teabag, and steep for five minutes.  Add some Stevia or Xylitol to taste.  Yum!

These values can be found in the document "Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of Selected Foods - 2007" USDA



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