Amazing Cinnamon

Sure it tastes great in schnapps and on toast and in big oozy buns sold at airports, but cinnamon has some surprising properties you may not have heard about. Research indicates that cinnamon can play an important role in combatting insulin resistance:
...[C]ompounds found in cinnamon have insulin-potentiating properties and may be involved in the alleviation of the signs and symptoms of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases related to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, when compared to herbs, spices, and medicinal extracts for insulin-like or insulin-potentiating activity in an in vitro model, aqueous cinnamon extracts (CE) potentiated insulin activity more than 20-fold, higher than any other compound tested at comparable dilutions. 
For those unfamiliar with the term, insulin resistance is a metabolic disorder that leads to weight gain, elevated blood pressure and triglyceride levels, lowered HDL (good cholesterol) levels, and type 2 diabetes. Per Gary Taubes in his book Why We Get Fat, we get fat because of insulin resistance. And we become insulin resistant because of too much carbohydrate in our diets. (This is distinct from the revered calories- in-calories-out model, which seems to work better for some folks than others.)

So when people go on low-carb diets and the related intermittent fasting regimens, they are working on making their bodies more responsive to insulin.

Now we learn that as little as a teaspoon of cinnamon a day can make a real difference in how our bodies deal with insulin. As preventative health measures go, eating a little cinnamon every day seems pretty doable.

Sam Mugraby, Photos8.com


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