Sunday, January 13, 2013

What's in your kitchen to help pain: Cinnamon

We hear about the benefits of this one day and then the next we hear that it can harm us.  I'm sure we've all heard:  Hair dryers cause cancer, red M&M's cause cancer...the list goes on and one.  One thing that has stayed consistent are a few foods (or spices) we can eat that has many benefits.

Cinnamon.  I LOVE cinnamon.  Cinnamon rolls, cinnamon in my hot chocolate, anything with cinnamon is my friend.

Besides enjoying cinnamon, what are the health benefits?  (This information is provided by health diaries)
  1. Prevents cancer:  So I'm thinking I eat cinnamon rolls each time I blow dry my hair and I am good, right?  In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
  2. Lowers Cholesterol:  Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.  (The bad cholesterol)
  3. Blood Sugar Regulation:  Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
  4. E. Coli Fighter:  Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
  5. Anti-Bacterial: When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
  6. Anti-Clotting:  It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  7. Yeast Infection Help:  In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
  8. Arthritis Relief:  In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
  9. High in Nutrients:  It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
  10. Brain Health:  One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
So I look at this list and think that if one thing can help with all this I'm going to have to add it to my diet every day.  

This information is not intended to take the place of medical treatment.  It is for your information and should you choose to add cinnamon to your diet please consult you Doctor as there are side effects that we will discuss next time.

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