NUTRITION HOW’S #18: HOW TO USE CINNAMON ? Another way to help control blood sugar is by adding Cinnamon spice to foods.

NUTRITION HOW’S #18: HOW TO USE CINNAMON ? Another way to help control blood sugar is by adding Cinnamon spice to foods. Cinnamon spice comes from the inner bark of several tree species and is used in many cuisines around the world. It’s flavor comes from cinnamaldehyde, which you smell as it evaporates into the air. There are about 80 different compounds in cinnamon including eugenol, a powerful antioxidant found in another spice – cloves. A typical serving is one teaspoon or 2.6 grams. In one study, volunteers consumed between 1 and 6 grams of cinnamon per day for 40 days. Blood sugar levels were reduced by 24%. In other studies, no effect was found. Cinnamon works by helping the hormone insulin work better in reducing blood sugar so that less hormone is needed. Unless a study selects people who have high blood sugar levels, no effect will be seen. A recent study in 66 women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a common cause of infertility with insulin resistance, 1.5 grams of cinnamon three times per day reduced insulin resistance significantly compared to placebo. A great way to get cinnamon is to add a teaspoon to your Protein-Rich Shake once or twice a day. It will add some flavor and may give your pancreas a break if you have insulin resistance associated with increased body fat. Don’t rely on spices to control blood sugar by themselves. Follow a daily exercise routine and Balanced Nutrition and avoid Trigger Foods including high fat/high sugar pastries even if they have added cinnamon (Cinnamon Rolls are a Trigger Food). Cinnamon is great on apples, squash, and other vegetables and you only need about two to three teaspoons per day to get the effects seen in these studies!! #drdavidheber #cinnamon #spices #insulinresistance #pcos #bloodsugar to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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