Cinnamon, a staple in most kitchen cabinets, is considered one of
The Spice that Supports Blood Glucose
Recent research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides welcome news about everyones favorite spice: Cinnamon may help maintain healthy blood glucose levels already in the normal range. In this study, the researchers compared the effect on blood sugar of eating a serving of rice pudding with or without cinnamon (about three teaspoons) in 14 healthy people. The result? The cinnamon-spiced pudding option resulted in significantly better blood glucose levels with benefits lasting up to two hours after eating an indication that blood sugar was moving more efficiently into cells, where its used.
These findings support original research in 2003 showing that consuming as little as one gram (about one-fourth of a teaspoon) of cinnamon daily for six weeks provided a significant benefit in terms of keeping blood glucose in a healthy range.
Cinnamon offers an additional bonus of natural antioxidant protection. Recently, USDA researchers noted that cinnamon topped the list of spices when it comes to antioxidant capacity. Other researchers have documented the ability of cinnamon to enhance the antioxidant defense system in animals regularly fed the spice.
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