Tis the season of holiday spices.
And while nutmeg, clove, peppermint, and many other spices are prominent in holiday foods, there’s one spice that may be the best one at improving health by a long shot.
Cinnamon is one of the most well-researched spices in the world. And every time researchers study cinnamon they’re led to conclude it’s a great spice to get in your diet… or supplement with.
Here are 3 of the best reasons to include cinnamon in your supplement regimen,
3 Big Time Benefits Of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is amazing at affecting health positively.
There are numerous studies showing people who take cinnamon supplements have a better chance of reversing diabetes, protecting their brain and improving heart health.
Here’s what makes cinnamon so powerful at changing your health for the better.
1 – Cinnamon Improves Blood Sugar:
One of the main reason to include cinnamon in your diet, especially as a supplement, is because it has the proven effect of improving blood sugar.
This is especially helpful for those with type 2 Diabetes.
Multiple studies show how cinnamon can bring blood sugar down fast.
One way is by decreasing how much glucose enters your bloodstream right after a meal.
Cinnamon has an effect on digestive enzymes and how has the metabolize carbohydrates. It actually slows down how fast carbs break down which extends the amount of time it takes to for them to get into your digestive system and then into your blood.
Another way cinnamon improves blood sugar is by mimicking insulin. A compound in cinnamon appears to be insulin (according to your cell) which causes the cells to absorb more glucose out of the bloodstream.
These mechanisms are why several studies confirmed that cinnamon is a powerful antidiabetic.
2 – Cinnamon Can Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk:
The same effect cinnamon has on blood sugar that may reduce problems associated with Diabetes is the same effect cinnamon can have on cardiovascular disease risk.
Elevated blood sugar levels are closely tied to an increased risk in cardiovascular disease.
When blood sugar is improved, generally cholesterol levels improve as well as high blood sugar is associated with obesity, and obesity is inextricably linked to higher cholesterol levels.
Studies have shown just a few hundred milligrams of cinnamon can reduce how much, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides are in your blood while helping to improve the stability of your “good” HDL cholesterol.
3 – It May Protect Against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease:
Diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s generally happen when brain cells either lose their normal function or are damaged by the buildup of certain proteins.
Cinnamon has been shown to ameliorate the damage caused by these rogue proteins and may help to preserve brain function.
“Two compounds found in cinnamon appear to inhibit the buildup of a protein called tau in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (21, 22, 23).
In a study in mice with Parkinson’s disease, cinnamon helped protect neurons, normalized neurotransmitter levels and improved motor function.”