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Linda Harvey

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Cinnamon !
12/9/2007 8:55:04 PM

Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in diabetics, a new study has found. The effect, which can be produced even by soaking a cinnamon stick your tea, could also benefit millions of non-diabetics who have blood sugar problem but are unaware of it.

The discovery was initially made by accident, by Richard Anderson at the US Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland. "We were looking at the effects of common foods on blood sugar; one was the American favorite, apple pie, which is usually spiced with cinnamon. We expected it to be bad. But it helped," he says.

The active ingredient in cinnamon turned out to be a water-soluble polyphenol compound called MHCP. In test tube experiments, MHCP mimics insulin, activates its receptor, and works synergistically with insulin in cells.

To see if it would work in people, Alam Khan, who was a postdoctoral fellow in Anderson's lab, organized a study in Pakistan. Volunteers with Type 2 diabetes were given one, three or six grams of cinnamon powder a day, in capsules after meals.

All responded within weeks, with blood sugar levels that were on average 20 per cent lower than a control group. Some even achieved normal blood sugar levels. Tellingly, blood sugar started creeping up again after the diabetics stopped taking cinnamon.

In the volunteers, the Cinnamon also lowered blood levels of fats and "bad" cholesterol, which are also partly controlled by insulin. And in test tube experiments it neutralized free radicals, damaging chemicals which are elevated in diabetics. Cinnamon's essential oils also qualify it as an "anti-microbial" food, and cinnamon has been studied for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida.

Research led by Dr. P. Zoladz and presented April 24, 2004, at the annual meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, in Sarasota, FL, found that chewing cinnamon flavored gum or just smelling cinnamon enhanced study participants' cognitive processing. Specifically, cinnamon improved participants' scores on attention related processes, virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual-motor speed while working on a computer-based program.

(Hint: simmer a few cinnamon sticks in water while your kids are doing their homework - this will also serve as wonderful yet non-toxic air freshener for your home)

In addition to the active components in its essential oils and its nutrient composition, cinnamon has also been valued in energy-based medical systems, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, for its warming qualities. In these traditions, cinnamon has been used to provide relief when faced with the onset of a cold or flu, especially when mixed in a tea with some fresh ginger.

You will find Cinnamon used in many of your favorite Wholefood Farmacy foods including Phi Plus, DetoxiPhi, Joule and Cornaborealis.

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Leslie Combs

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Re: Cinnamon !
12/9/2007 9:19:40 PM
Linda Thanks for the information. I am diabetic so I will have to give that a try. Happy Holidays!! Leslie
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Re: Cinnamon !
12/9/2007 9:47:51 PM
Mmm..Apples & Cinnamon :)

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Re: Cinnamon !
12/10/2007 6:03:12 AM


Hi Linda,

Thanks for the info!

Take Care,



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Re: Cinnamon !
12/10/2007 11:21:10 AM
Hello Linda,

Thank you for the information. Great to know that
a spice I love is so good for us as I love cinnamon
and use powered for many different receipes.

When I use Graham cracker crumbs I add cinnamon
to give the base more flavour.  I buy the box of crumbs
and use them for many different receipes for slices
and have been making up my own receipes. They do
not last long in our house, James takes to work.

I make a hot cinnamon sauce to pour over hot puddings
especially my 'Plum Duff' during the winter or you can even pour over ice-cream or have it on its own and pour some milk over.

Here is the cinnamon sauce receipe for anyone

2 tablespoons corn starch (corn flour)
1 - 2 cups milk (depending how thick it becomes in
     different elevations
sugar to personal sweetness

In a saucepan add the corn starch, pour milk in a little
at a time and stir (corn starch has that funny consistancy when liquid added and if too much at one
time will lump up - it all needs to be wet and stirred well before you start to cook it)
Add cinnamon (I use about 2 teaspoons)

Place on the burner and stir the whole time. Just before
it starts to boil, take off the heat and stir quickly as
it starts to thicken very quickly and at this stage can
turn lumpy.  When the sauce has thickened (You can add more milk if too thick)
Add sugar to your taste.
Place back on lower heat on the burner and let it
simmer for a few minutes while still stirring to cook
it through.


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