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The wonders of Cinnamon

We have all enjoyed an aromatic morning breakfast of cinnamon rolls or a bowl of oatmeal with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Cinnamon smells wonderful, but did you know it also does wonders for your body ?

There are 2 types of cinnamon, the thin variety which is the sweet cinnamon and the thick variety that is also called Cassia. Sweet cinnamon is usually from Sri Lanka and has a milder flavor, while Cassia is typically from China and has a stronger flavor.

There are several benefits to including cinnamon in your diet, but, we will focus on a couple of important reasons here...

Studies have shown that cinnamon helps improve insulin sensitivity. Many individuals have a genetic predisposition to insulin resistance. Hence they need more insulin to do the job of glucose regulation. The increased levels of insulin can then cause hormonal irregularities, heart problems and even fatty liver. Include some cinnamon powder in your smoothies, boil a small stick of cinnamon in water or soak a stick of cinnamon in water overnight and drink, and see your blood sugar control improve!

Cinnamon also possesses excellent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties Gargle with warm salt water and a pinch of cinnamon powder to help that scratchy throat. It’s a better option than reaching for those lozenges or cough drops!

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