According to Chet Day's, 'Health and Beyond,' New scientific evidence has shown that cinnamon might be a treatment for type 2 diabetes.
A recent study in the Diabetes Care journal revealed eating a half teaspoon a day daily reduced the level of blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes. In addition, the same study found that cinnamon was able to reduce triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in the same study participants.
Other health benefits thought to stem from cinnamon include:
Improved digestion - Cinnamon and other related spices have long been used as a digestive aid, and those who suffer from stomach cramps, IBS, and other common stomach disorders often find that adding cinnamon to their favorite dish aids digestion.
Toning of tissues - Considerable anecdotal evidence exists to suggest that cinnamon may have the ability to tone and constrict tissues in the body.
Relief from congestion - Cinnamon and other spices have long been consumed to relieve congestion that comes from colds, allergies, and other common conditions.
Muscle and joint pain relief- Those who eat cinnamon on a regular basis often report that their muscle and joint pain, as well as stiffness, is reduced or even eliminated.
Relief from menstrual cramping and other feminine discomfort - Cinnamon has long been used to treat the discomfort that accompanies menstruation, and many women report that a daily amount of cinnamon greatly reduces cramping, pain, and other common menstrual complaints.
Thinning of the blood and better circulation - Like garlic, cinnamon is a blood thinning agent. Though not as powerful as garlic, cinnamon also acts to increase circulation.
Relief from arthritis pain - Recent studies have suggested that cinnamon may contain anti-inflammatory compounds which may be useful in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
Prevention of urinary tract infections - Many who eat cinnamon on a regular basis report a lower incidence of urinary tract infections.
Prevention of tooth decay and gum disease - There is much anecdotal evidence that cinnamon may be helpful in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease.
Killing harmful bacteria - Cinnamon has been shown to be a powerful antimicrobial agent, one that has the ability to kill germs as E. coli and other harmful bacteria.
This author's personal experience with cinnamon is proving to be beneficial. My research, including the information here is proving that spices can do more than enhance the quality of a meal.
Ms. McCauley is not a medical professional and recommends readers always check with their health care provider before making any changes in their lifestyle or medical routines.
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