Superman May Need Cinnamon For His Heart
Never A Dull Moment In This Farm Family….
In my never ending research on how to lose weight, I was reading on the way to church about the value of cinnamon. I had mentioned to my family that cinnamon has the potential for age longevity because of its potential as a blood purifier. My husband, spitting image of an older Superman, decided to joke with me that I was slowly killing him because I didn’t serve him enough cinnamon sugar toast for breakfast. He even went as far as writing a prayer request at church for his wife’s denial of cinnamon in his diet is reducing his life span. I’m so thankful that our lead Pastor has great sense of humor. Someday, I fear that my Superman will accidentally throw his prankster prayer request in the bucket.
My husband doesn’t mind being called Superman. Just don’t call him Batman. He hasn’t gotten over the change from Christian Bale to Ben Affleck. Like Superman, my husband does have his genetic weakness. Superman has kryptonite; my husband has genetic heart disease in his family blood line.
Not Just For Toast….
For thousands of years, Cinnamon is a spice found from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Back in Ancient Egypt, Cinnamon was considered a very valuable and rare spice used for trade for its ability to fight illnesses. It has a sweet, warm, fragrant smell that is used for a variety of flavorings. Depending up the ethnic foods you may have in your diet, cinnamon goes well with everything from fruit and deserts to vegetables and meat dishes. Dishes with cinnamon can vary from the origin of the recipe whether it is from the Middle East, India, Mexico, South America, Europe, or even in the United States! Our daughter’s favorite stand-by for breakfast is old fashioned oats with cinnamon and honey. To each his own!
Balancing Your Sugar Correlates To Heart Health
The list of health benefits for cinnamon contains many. You may recall cinnamon’s favorite health benefit is how it can control blood sugar. A little known secret is that cinnamon also helps with heart health. It has the capability to decrease common factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Research also shows that cinnamon is also beneficial in helping to form blood clots. In a 2003 research study, “results of this study demonstrate that intake of 1, 3, or 6 g[rams] of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.” It appears from this study that the balance of sugar in your body has a direct relation to your glucose and cholesterol levels. The better your levels of these; the more healthy your heart can be.
Here Is How Much You Can Safely Take:
Good news. Cinnamon is very easy to incorporate into your diet. You can add cinnamon in your culinary seasoning to your meals. But, you can also take cinnamon capsules. You can safely take 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon a day for up to four months. One teaspoon equals about 4.75 grams of cinnamon. This dosage is also safe for type 1 or type 2 diabetes patients. Cinnamon might lower blood glucose levels so be careful when using with other herbs and spices that also lower glucose levels. Because of the ability to lower blood sugar, you may have interactions with current conditions or medicines in the areas of diabetes, liver, or if you have a pending surgery. As usual, please consult your doctor before you start any new herbs and spices medicinally.
A great idea is to fill a salt or pepper shaker full of cinnamon. Sit it by your salt and pepper shaker. It can be a great natural replacement for sugar.
Blessings, Herbal Farmwife
DISCLAIMER: This information should not be considered to be healthcare advice, medical diagnosis, or treatment. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals. Always consult a healthcare professional first before trying any herbs, spices, vitamins, or minerals mentioned in this posting. This information is merely a discussion of “thoughts” among friends. Please note that none of these statements have been evaluated by the USA’s Food and Drug Administration.
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