Studies show that cinnamon has insulin mimicking properties (source). Great news for those looking for a natural alternative for diabetes. I always love to hear that there are medical folks out there who understand the science behind our wonderful herbs. "Researchers at the US Dept. of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland, studied the effect in various food substances including cinnamon on blood sugar. They found that a water-soluble polyphenol compound called MHCP which is abundant in Cinnamon synergistically acted with insulin and helped in the better utilization of insulin; so patients diagnosed with type two diabetes use less insulin. Insulin properties are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cinnamon.
The health benefits of cinnamon sticks and are numerous. Here are 19 of them!
Friendly to the pancreas (regulates blood sugar as seen in study above)
Inhibits Yeast growth
Boosts Memory and Cognitive Function
Natural Food Preservative
Improves Colon Health
Clears out chest congestion
Don't eat the stick! Too much of anything is never a good thing. And high doses of cinnamon could be toxic.
**Warning: Ancient Chinese Secret: cinnamon stimulates cramping, so not a great idea for pregnant women until time for labor.
I had a great visit with a friend of mine recently who is from Venezuela. She grew up using all kinds of home remedies. Eating real food. Living the way our ancestors did. She moved to America in her twenties and adopted an American diet. That has left her discouraged with her health. She is determined to change that however and is migrating back to her roots.
She shared with us yesterday a tea that she uses in hopes of lowering her blood pressure. I was amazed at how simple and delicious it was.
Cinnamon "Kool Aid:"