Cinnamon is an excellent natural remedy that helps reduce glucose and cholesterol levels. It can be used liberally, as it’s absolutely chemical-free.
How does cinnamon affect glucose levels?
A common spice, it can be found in kitchens worldwide. You’ll see it in baked goods, cakes and even some smoothies. It is also widely used in natural medicine for different health treatments.
A study of 70 people with type 2 diabetes showed that adding 6 grams of cinnamon to their daily diet for 40 days reduced glucose levels by 29% in every single patient.
Cinnamon and cholesterol levels: what’s the connection?
Cinnamon’s quite effective in fighting “bad” cholesterol. This knock-on effect was proven in the same study that was carried out on the diabetics. The same study was conducted on people who had high cholesterol and cinnamon helped to achieve anywhere from a 7 to a 27% reduction in cholesterol levels.
How to include cinnamon in your diet
Cinnamon is a spice, but is versatile enough to be consumed in many different ways. Add it to cakes and drinks or make a delicious infusion and drink it as you would a cup of tea.
To make a tea, boil one cup of water and add whole sticks or 1 tablesppon of ground cinnamon. Cover the liquid and let it steep for a few minutes. Sweeten with a bit of agave nectar before drinking.
Add a healthy dose of spice to your morning wake up coffee. Just put a dash of the powder in your cup of caffeine. You can spice up juices, cereal or just about any other drink you fancy – and you can do it throughout your day. Anything you bake – cookies, biscuits, cakes, puddings – will benefit from the addition of cinnamon.
Two beautiful things about cinnamon are its low cost and its ubiquitousness. It’s so easy to find, so there’s no excuse not to have some in your cupboard. If possible, always try to source whole cinnamon sticks rather than ground cinnamon. The reason for this is that the sticks have a much higher concentration of the active compounds.
Bear in mind, though, that even though cinnamon is an effective spice that will help you attain or maintain your ideal weigh – and for controlling glucose and cholesterol levels – you should never stop taking any medications prescribed by your GP. Cinnamon simply makes an excellent complement to your medical treatment.