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Originally published August 13 2015

Top 10 ways cinnamon improves health: regulates blood sugar, boosts circulation, prevents disease and more!

by Natural News Staff

(NaturalNews) Cinnamon conjures memories of hot teas, gingerbread cookies and spiced foods that are so closely tied to the long and cold winter months. But even in the heat of summer, "warming" cinnamon can be used for a multitude of health benefits.

Historically, cinnamon has been used in perfume, as a holy anointing oil and as incense. Legend has it that the notorious Emperor Nero burned an entire year's worth of Rome's cinnamon supply at his wife's funeral pyre (Ravindran, 2004).

Today, cinnamon is used less frequently in funeral pyres, but its usefulness in the modern world is undeniable. You will typically find commercial cinnamon in the form of Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. Studies and home remedies have proven the many benefits of cinnamon for our health.

Heart health

Cinnamon contains a surprising amount of fiber and calcium which are good for the heart. Specifically, ground cinnamon contains about 4 grams of fiber and 78 milligrams of calcium per tablespoon. Fiber and calcium help transfer bile salts out of the body. Bile salts can cause damage to colon cells, which in turn can lead to colon cancer. In this way, the fiber from cinnamon is a good cancer preventative. Also, when the bile salts are removed, the body breaks down more cholesterol to create new bile. This process may lower cholesterol levels, and lowering your total cholesterol may also lessen the chance of developing heart disease.

Blood sugar regulation

A 2007 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that taking 6 grams of cinnamon with rice pudding reduced postprandial (after meal) glucose. The cinnamon also delayed the rate at which the stomach emptied the pudding from the digestive tract, which reduced the rise of blood sugar levels after eating. Interestingly, this may help diabetics by normalizing their blood sugar levels. Also, a study published in a 2003 issue of Diabetes Care found that type 2 diabetics who consumed just 1 gram of cinnamon a day had reduced blood sugar, LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol.

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