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Cinnamon Superspice

Cinnamon Superspice | Mr Vitamins
Cinnamon is a well known and much loved spice – sprinkled on lattes, over pancakes and included in a many cakes and pastries. However, not many people realise how good Cinnamon is for their health. In many cultures, the bark of the Cinnamon tree is used as a traditional remedy for a many different ailments.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon for Blood Sugar

Several studies have shown significant health benefits of Cinnamon when it comes to stabilising blood sugar levels. It also has antibiotic and antiinflammatory properties. Cinnamon’s main benefit is in the effect it has on A1C levels in the blood (Blood sugar levels.) It is thought that Cinnamon works by increasing insulin action and so helps to lower blood sugar levels in those suffering from poorly controlled Type 2 Diabetes. For those with Insulin Resistance (just one step away from Diabetes), Cinnamon can help to control blood sugar to the extent that Diabetes is averted. Because of its impact on insulin, Cinnamon can also help those with Insulin Resistance to lose weight.

Cinnamon for Colds and Flu

Add a teaspoon to a cup of hot green tea and a dash of lemon juice for a warming drink to help you combat colds and flu. Drink up to three times a day.

Cinnamon as a Stimulant

Cinnamon can help with weak digestion. A teaspoon of Cinnamon in boiling water, drunk after a meal can help with indigestion. Another of the health benefits of Cinnamon is that it stimulates the mind – drink a cup of cinnamon tea when you need a mental boost.

How much Cinnamon do you need?

Those who have been diagnosed as having developed Insulin Resistance or full-blown Type 2 Diabetes can take 500mg of Cinnamon 3 times daily with meals, to enjoy the full health benefits of Cinnamon. Blood sugar levels should be carefully monitored to ensure that they do not dip too low.

Cinnamon on Your Food

When it comes to the Cinnamon that you find in the shops, you need to make sure that it is Cassia Cinnamon and not Ceylon Cinnamon. (Ceylon Cinnamon is not as effective when it comes to diabetes.) Overall, capsules are your best bet to make sure you are getting the right quantities. That being said, Cinnamon can help flavour foods in place of sugar. Cinnamon sprinkled over your morning oats takes your oats from mundane to great. Add a handful of almonds and you have a complete meal that will keep you going through until lunch-time. Sprinkling Cinnamon over air popped popcorn, makes a tasty and healthy snack. If you are using Cinnamon on your food, half a teaspoon two to three times a day will allow you to enjoy the health benefits of Cinnamon.

Safety Info

Cinnamon is fairly safe if used normally. Despite its many health benefits,  it can be toxic in high doses. Use only the recommended amounts. ‘Ask a Naturopath’ if you are unsure. Cinnamon can also irritate the skin so do NOT apply it directly to the skin. It can also cause irritation of the membranes of the mouth if taken in large quantities. As mentioned before, Cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels so if you are on blood sugar medication, you need to monitor your sugar levels carefully and may need to have your doctor adjust your medicine accordingly. Cinnamon can also increase the blood’s anti-coagulant properties so do not take before surgery and be careful if you have a blood disorder.