Drop Your Glucose Level With This Spice

If “variety is the spice of life”, then let’s get creative and have fun!  Getting healthy doesn’t have to be dull or boring, so let’s take a new look at a titan in the spice world past Grannie’s pumpkin pie.  Today we’ll look at this superhero of healing:  cinnamon.

This dry bark and twig of Cinnamomum is a rich botanical source of polyphenolics that has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine and has been shown to affect blood glucose and insulin signaling. Cinnamon has a long history of uses as flavoring agents, preservatives, and pharmacological agents. In this study1 Dr. Khan reported that subjects with type 2 diabetes given 1, 3 or 6 g of ground cinnamon per day for 40 days showed significant reductions in fasting serum glucose (18–29%), triglycerides (23–30%), LDL cholesterol (7–27%), and total cholesterol (12–26%) with no significant changes in the placebo group. Several follow-up human studies have also reported beneficial effects of cinnamon on people with varying degrees of glucose intolerance ranging from normal to type 2 diabetes.

It’s interesting to note the efficacy of cinnamon also on triglycerides, LDL and total cholesterols as well.2

There’s so many ways to enjoy this spice; sprinkle generously on applesauce, on sweet potatoes, even add to coffee grounds for a very fragrant satisfying and healing morning drink!

One gram of cinnamon, the lowest (and most effective) amount used in the study, is 1/4 teaspoon. Three grams is about ½ teaspoon, and 6 grams is a little more than a teaspoon. If, after checking with your health-care provider, you want to see for yourself if cinnamon might help, start with the smallest dose (1 gram)4.

RECIPE:  

Te de Canela is prepared very much like a normal tea, good particularly in the morning, after lunch (especially if you have had a heavy lunch and before bedtime. The smell and taste of Cinnamon has an earthy feel to it, comforting and soothing. (recipe courtesy of CinnamonVogue.com)

4.25 cups water

Three Mexican Cinnamon Sticks (3 inch length)

Into pot add water; break the Cinnamon sticks into small pieces. Bring the water to a slow boil. Set the heat setting to medium so it boils slowly. Boiling slowly allows the Cinnamon sticks to brew properly.  When the water starts bubbling remove from heat.  Let it steep/rest for additional 15 minutes, or to taste.  As the water cools you will see Cinnamon be released and become a lovely red color. Strain the tea through a very fine strainer,

Add four (4) teaspoons fresh lime juice. Do not use lemon juice as the taste will be different and sweetness of Cinnamon will not come out if you use lemon.

Serve immediately.

References

  1. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2225411015000449
  2. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/26/12/3215
  3. http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2010.0180
  4. http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/is-cinnamon-good-for-diabetes/

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