Sprinkle on this spice to slash blood sugar!



How would you like to control your blood sugar and cholesterol with a spice that’s probably in your pantry right now? Cinnamon can help regulate your blood sugar, cut triglycerides, and lower total cholesterol, according to some studies. Plus, it relieves indigestion and fights food poisoning.

Historians will tell you that in the ancient world, people were dying for cinnamon — literally. Considered more precious than gold, Egyptians used it to preserve bodies after death. Cinnamon comes from a bushy evergreen tree whose inner bark is dried and used as a spice.

It turns out cinnamon’s active ingredient, a polyphenol compound called methylhydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP), mimics the action of insulin in your body and helps control blood sugar levels.

Many people with diabetes have higher blood levels of fats called triglycerides and LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol. Insulin partly controls these as well as your blood sugar, and studies showed cinnamon helped lower unhealthy levels of fat and cholesterol.

You don’t need mass quantities of cinnamon to reap its benefits, either. Just 1 gram, or about one-half teaspoon, each day will do the trick. In fact, even smaller amounts probably help.

To learn even more about the hidden powers of spices, turn to page 108 in The Complete Sugar Control Strategy Guide: Easy Steps to Melt Away Belly Fat, Clear Your Arteries, and Control Your Blood Sugar Without Dangerous Drugs.


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  • FC&A Staff Writer