Control Blood Sugar and Arthritis Using Your Spice Rack?

By Lee Bellinger / November 12, 2013

Cinnamon Lets You Beat High Blood Sugar and Arthritis for Pennies a Day

Is it possible that the medicine your body needs most to fight high blood sugar and arthritis pain is simply hiding in your pantry?
The evidence is in, and the answer may be a resounding “yes.”
The wonderful thing about turning to food to help treat medical conditions is that you don’t have to endure side effects that come with prescription drugs. And, foods are much more affordable, too.
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Now, we’re not necessarily advocating replacing your prescription drugs with food. But, if you’re working to control a disease as serious as diabetes, for example, or the even pre-diabetes, we do believe in doing everything you can… especially when you can find an effective remedy in your pantry that will cost you just pennies per day to use.
If you haven’t guessed, we’re talking about cinnamon. Cinnamon is a tasty, inexpensive spice that packs a big punch when it comes to health benefits.

Cinnamon Controls Blood Sugar

Perhaps the best known health benefit of cinnamon is its effect on blood sugar.
In studies, taking just a small amount of cinnamon a day helped patients with type-2 diabetes to better control their blood sugar. In less than two months of taking 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon each day, patients saw up to a 29 percent reduction in their fasting blood sugar.
That’s an impressive improvement for such a small amount of cinnamon. For people with high-normal levels of blood sugar – a precursor to full-blown diabetes and troubling health issue on its own – that may be enough to restore you to normal blood-sugar levels and stave off further problems.

Cinnamon Lowers Cholesterol Levels, Too.

In the same study, patients taking a daily dose of cinnamon also enjoyed a significant improvement in their cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In the cinnamon group, triglyceride levels dropped by up to 30 percent, on average, and LDL cholesterol levels dropped by up to 27 percent. Patients taking a placebo saw no change in their cholesterol or blood sugar levels.
People with type-2 diabetes are at higher risk of heart disease, so the fact that cinnamon helps improve your cholesterol levels is important to know.

Getting a Daily Boost at Essentially No Cost

Cinnamon isn’t just for people with diabetes. It also provides everyday health benefits.
For example, did you know that cinnamon can give you an afternoon energy boost? In a study conducted at Wheeling Jesuit University, researchers found that participants who indulged in a cinnamon-spiced treat or who even just smelled cinnamon did better on tests that demanded attention and cognitive ability.

Relief from Pain

Another everyday benefit of cinnamon is relief from arthritis pain. Arthritis sufferers who consumed a half-teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with a tablespoon of honey experienced significant relief from arthritis pain within one week of daily use. Within 40 days, they enjoyed significant improvements in overall function and could walk without pain.

Six Ways to Enjoy Cinnamon
without Getting Bored

Just a half-teaspoon of cinnamon a day provides numerous health benefits, and it’s tasty, too. But, anything taken on a daily basis can get old. That’s why we wanted to share our six favorite ways to add cinnamon to your daily diet. With a little variety, it’s easy to get enough cinnamon every day to enjoy its full health benefits.
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  1. Cinnamon Tea: Sipping a mug of cinnamon tea is a relaxing way to take your cinnamon. You can use expensive cinnamon tea bags, or you can just buy cinnamon sticks. Put a single cinnamon stick in a mug, pour hot water over the top, allow it to steep for five minutes, and enjoy. You can save even more by purchasing cinnamon in bulk and using a tea ball. Just make sure you pick a tea ball with very fine mesh or the cinnamon powder will get into your tea and make it gritty.
  2. Cinnamon Coffee: For a refreshing morning brew, add a tablespoon of cinnamon to your coffee grounds before brewing. You’ll get your daily dose of cinnamon, and spiced coffee is a tasty treat.
  3. Sprinkle It over Oatmeal: Mix a half teaspoon of cinnamon with a tablespoon of honey and drizzle it over oatmeal for a fiber-rich, healthy breakfast.
  4. Add It to Fresh Fruit: Sliced apples, peaches, or bananas are all delicious with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a splash of milk or cream.
  5. Top a Sweet Potato: A baked sweet potato topped with a pat of butter and a dusting of cinnamon makes a healthy afternoon snack or side dish for dinner.
  6. Enjoy It on Your Toast: Of course, a tried-and-true favorite is to eat cinnamon on your toast. For this, we recommend whole-wheat toast with a little butter and honey. A lot of people like to mix their cinnamon with sugar, but you’ll get better health benefits if you choose honey instead.
When it comes to natural remedies and general health benefits, few things provide the depth and breadth of benefits that you’ll get from cinnamon. At just a half-teaspoon a day, you can gain better control of your blood sugar, lower your triglyceride and cholesterol levels, improve your energy and cognitive abilities, and relieve chronic pain.
Using such simple and inexpensive remedies as this help you improve your overall health and increase your levels of self-sufficiency. After all, if you can reduce your reliance on diabetes medication or put an end to your chronic pain without drugs that spells fewer trips to the doctor and less money that you have to fork over for drugs.