Cinnamon

Jul
2012
02

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Cinnamon – July 2 8pm – Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant. It is commonly used to lower blood sugar levels and is known to boost brain function.

About – Cinnamon, native to South East Asia, is a spice obtained from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree. It is commonly available as a tubular bark or as a powder. The two most popular varieties of cinnamon are Chinese and Ceylon, which have a similar flavor, but Ceylon has a slightly sweeter flavor and is harder to find. Cinnamon is one of the world’s oldest known spices and was considered at one time more valuable than gold.

Nutrition – Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese and a very good source of iron and calcium. However, the main nutritional benefit of cinnamon comes from three essential oils found in its bark: cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol, in addition to a wide range of other volatile substances. Its essential oils have various healing properties including, discourage blood platelets from clumping, providing smooth blood flow, being an anti-inflammatory and a anti-microbial agent. Studies have shown it to stop growth of bad bacteria and fungi, including candida Cinnamon is highly effective for blood sugar control; by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after meals it reduces the rise in blood sugar after eating. According to current studies one half teaspoon a day can curb blood sugar and benefit people with type 2 diabetes.

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