Is there anything that a little bit of cinnamon can't improve? Not that we can think of: pasta or peanut butter, sea food or salad, bananas or blood pudding, cinnamon is good on pretty much everything, and new research suggests that a little cinnamon every day may help control blood sugar levels as well.
A new study by Swedish researchers published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that ingesting cinnamon reduces blood insulin levels, the property responsible for regulating blood sugar levels. This adds to other recent investigations which have highlighted the potential of cinnamon for individuals afflicted with diabetes.
Cinnamon trees grow in tropical areas of India, China, Madagascar, and Brazil, and the common substances which we are all familiar with, cinnamon oil, powder, and sticks, are manufactured from the bark of the trees. Historically, medicinal cinnamon use dates back over four millennia, and has a wide range of applications across the world, treating
rheumatism, food poisoning, diarrhea, and menstrual
disorders in turn.
While much research is yet to be done to decode cinnamon's further uses, and to define its relationship with insulin, blood sugar, and diabetes, this is not a tough recommendation to make: sprinkle a little cinnamon on it. Any it.
Karugapatta, pattai, lavangappattai, kurundu, korunda, tvak, dārusitā, dalchini, alseni, taj, or qerfa. However you say it, from the Song of Solomon to this morning's waffles, cinnamon is a lovely, natural gift.
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