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Botanical Spotlight: Cinnamon!

Since learning about cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum & Cinnamomum cassia), this commonly used household spice has furthered my love for plants and their power.  The inner bark of the cinnamon tree is used for its medicinal properties.  Cinnamon doesn’t just smell good and taste delicious in desserts, it actually has several other actions:

  • Carminative: aid with abdominal bloating after eating
  • Spasmolytic: reduce spasms
  • Styptic: stop bleeding
  • Circulatory stimulant
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Diaphoretic: cause or increase perspiration, great for colds/flu
  • Insulin sensitizer!!!!

Type II Diabetes and Cinnamon:
Several studies have been done to show how cinnamon in addition to other diabetes treatments can help people with the condition. Constituents of cinnamon have been shown to have insulin-like activity, meaning that it can help to reduce blood sugar levels. Other key constituents have been shown to have antioxidant activity and help against damage caused by the accumulation of sugar in blood vessels and other abnormal areas of the body. Small studies have shown that 3 groups taking 1, 3 or 6g of cinnamon daily for 40 days noticed decreases in their blood sugar levels, triglycerides and total cholesterol levels. Another study involving 79 patients on insulin therapy took 3g of cinnamon daily also had decreases in their blood sugar levels.

Best in Health,
Khadija

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