Archive for the ‘Cinnamon’ Category

Put A Little Spice in Your Life

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Do you know that adding spices to your food makes it more flavorful without adding any fat, salt or sugar. Many spices also contain various disease-fighting phytonutrients.

For example allspice, cinnamon, and cloves have much more antioxidant power than blueberries. Researchers at the University of Georgia found after analyzing 24 spices that most of them neutralized inflammatory substances that may lead to heart disease.

TUMERIC

May control or prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer.

SAGE

May improve brain performance

CINNAMON

May help manage or prevent diabetes. Just a half-teaspoon a day for 40 days may reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels by 25 percent.

CHILI PEPPER

Possibly help with weight control by boosting metabolism and suppressing appetite.

From Consumer Reports on Health

Spices

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Many times spices add flavor and zest to our food yet Americans are not use to so many of these spices.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.)

Cinnamon is a great hit in the East and used as sweets in the West.

While experts don’t know if true cinnamon (Ceylon, or C. zeylanicum) is more medicinally potent that cassia, herbalists generally prefer it.

Research shows that both Ceylon and cassia cinnamon lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. One-half to 1 teaspoon per day benefits blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

From Dr. Andrew Weil’s September 2009 Newsletter