In my post entitled ” Balancing Blood Sugar” I talked about some ways to eat so that the absorption of sugar was more stable to prevent diabetes. Adding Cinnamon to your food helps you balance blood sugar by effecting the metabolism of sugar after it has been absorbed. Insulin is the hormone that your pancreas makes to help sugar get into your cells so it can be used by your body. Insulin is like the key that opens the doors to your cells to let sugar in. Cinnamon has been shown to help more “doors” open in response to the same amount of “keys” or insulin. This is called increasing insulin sensitivity. This action also effects the way fat is metabolized. Because of this, cinnamon also lowers your triglyceride levels and LDL cholesterol levels. All of these things reduce blood vessel inflammation and decrease your risk of stroke and heart attack. Eating at least 1/2 of a teaspoon of cinnamon a day will allow you to enjoy these benefits. Cinnamon also makes things taste sweet with out actually adding sugar. Try adding it to oatmeal, tea, fruit, milk, or granola.
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