This article was inspired by research and ran across this information that is worth looking into further.
What kind of amazing side effects can be realized, with supplementing cinnamon into your diet?
Honestly, I thought that cinnamon was a good addition to toast, rolls, and bakery items. But, required so much sugar to make it taste good that it was not good for you.
This spice has many properties that can be beneficial to your health! Minus the addition of sugar and there are no down sides to adding it to your diet.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, which protect the body from free radicals. This spice has as much antioxidant activity as many other super foods.
Anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon help the body to fight infections and repair tissue damage. This is something that can help to reduce the risk of disease, especially heart disease.
In animal studies cinnamon has shown signs of reducing the build up of a protein called tau in the brain, which is one of the indicators of Alzheimer’s disease.
These effects still need to be tested on humans, but it is an interesting find. Similarly, other test connects the use of cinnamon in the fight against cancer cells. But still in the early stages of testing.
Generally, the spice is a good at fighting various kinds of infections. There are studies that show cinnamon treating respiratory infections, the growth of Listeria and Salmonella, and other antimicrobial effects such as tooth decay.
What Effect Does Cinnamon Have on Blood Sugar?
The most interesting benefits to supplementing cinnamon to your diet if you are diabetic is the possible improvement to your sensitivity to the hormone Insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes is also known as insulin resistance, which means that your body does not respond to the hormone the way that it should, and the glucose in the blood cannot get to where it is needed.
Doctors who tend to give pharmaceutical prescriptions do not tell you about this spice or any other natural remedies that may work for you.
None of my Doctors, Nurses, or Dietitians has mentioned this information. Not going to hold that against them, they’re not trained with this option in the medical community.
I am striving to get off the medications and like the idea of supplementing with natural remedies when it is possible.
Cinnamon has properties that lowers the blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect:
- Decrease the amount of glucose that enters your bloodstream after a meal, by interfering with digestive enzymes and slowing the breakdown of carbs.
- Contains a component (hydroxychalcone) that works like insulin and greatly improves the glucose getting into the cells.
- Human studies confirm that anti-diabetic effects of cinnamon and show that fasting blood sugar levels can be reduced 10 to 30%
The typical dose to be effective is between .5 -2 teaspoons of cinnamon per day, that is not that much, considering the possible benefits to your health.
Combined Cinnamon & Honey Side Effects
There are some very good reasons to combine cinnamon and honey to your diet. The list of benefits is substantial:
- Natural Energy Booster
- Good for Diabetes
- Helps Strengthen Joints
- Treats Allergies
- Cures Sore Throats
- Treatment for Cough and Colds
- Boost Immunity
- Treat Skin Conditions
- Help to Reduce Bad Breath
- Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Those who are reading this and have not looked at the research before it is full of these and more health benefit claims.
Some of these things I have heard for about for years; but just dismissed, mainly because of the unreliable sources that presented the information.
Due to the changes in my life and the increased focus on health issues, proving out these claims has become a challenge that is turning out to be fun!
Thinking about how to check out this information for myself, the thought to investigate mixing the cinnamon in a drink that I started taking about a month ago.
This drink is for consuming at bedtime and here are the ingredients that I have been using:
- 8 ounces water.
- 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (unfiltered).
- 1 teaspoon of Erythritol sweetener.
- 2 teaspoon fresh squeezed Lemon juice.
- 1 teaspoon Honey.
- New adding 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
After drinking this drink, eat a regular small cucumber and go to bed. What I have noticed is extra energy and not needing as much sleep. It is puzzling and at this point I am unable to find a report of this in any of my research on the apple cider vinegar.
Really do not know why, but it is very noticeable. And I’m not complaining because it has helped to increase my productivity and the extra energy helps to maintain mental clarity as well.
Building on the Cinnamon Health Effects
When I first started was only using the Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Erythritol and it was hard to swallow.
The bedtime drink tastes improved measurable by adding honey.
But, adding the cinnamon to the mix; makes a pretty good tasting drink, it masks the vinegar and will be easier to maintain the ritual.
Now we are looking at all the ingredients of this drink and adding up all the benefits together it stacks up to be a great dietary supplement and has around 30 calories per drink.
With all the benefits already mentioned with the Cinnamon and Honey. The lemon increases many of the same benefits and adds additional benefits such as:
- Improving Hydration
- Good Source Vitamin C
- Supports Weight Loss
- Improves Skin Quality
- Aids in Digestion
- Freshens Breath
- Helps Prevent Kidney Stones
Apple Cider Vinegar Before Bed
Apple Cider Vinegar (unfiltered) has many health benefits that has been claimed in many ancient folk remedies.
Now there are scientific studies to support some health claims from the folk remedies.
If the Apple Cider Vinegar has not been filtered; it is murkier in appearance because of the “mother” or strands of proteins, enzymes and good bacteria that gives it the murky appearance.
Other benefits include killing many types of harmful bacteria, for thousands of years vinegar has been used to clean wounds and treat nail fungus, lice, warts, ear infections, etc.
Vinegar is used to preserve things because it inhibits bacteria from growing on food.
Apple Cider Vinegar also contributes to lowering blood sugar levels and fighting diabetes by reducing the fasting blood sugar level by about 2% per tablespoon taken a bedtime.
Studies show that people who take Apple Cider Vinegar before bed helps to reduce belly fat and aid in weight loss. It is a slow process but will add up over several months of use.
All these types of improvements to your system will lower your cholesterol and ultimately improve your overall here health.
In the pursuit to rid yourself of diabetes and trying any type of dietary changes requires more attention to your condition.
In my case watching my blood sugar levels is something that I must maintain to prevent going to low.
Making sure that you update your Doctors of the changes that you make will be helpful for them to diagnose your correctly.
Sometimes it can be frustrating to fill out all those forms but, in the end, you are the one who stand to benefits from its effort.
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