OK, a show of hands…
Who still has the Christmas decorations up? We’ll finish taking ours down this weekend. Or maybe next weekend. Or the one after that. You know how it is.
But there’s ONE part of the holidays that you should never put away again. In fact, it should be a permanent “decoration” in your home all year round. And it’s the one that delivers one of the season’s most distinctive scents and flavors.
I’m talking about delicious, fragrant CINNAMON, of course. And the latest science shows how this spice, which adds an instantly recognizable flavor to everything from rich, savory pork roast to tongue-tingling tea, could also help restore your blood sugar levels.
But the benefits don’t end there. Cinnamon could also help block a full-blown case of diabetes in the future.
And a new study shows it works BEST in the very folks who need help the MOST.
Dodge prediabetes with a common kitchen spice
It’s downright impressive when you think about it. Just a PINCH of spice can completely alter the flavor of a meal. A dash of cayenne… a turn or two on a pepper mill… or just a sprinkle of turmeric… can be enough to transform a ho-hum dish into a stand-out star of the dining table.
But really, that’s just a small hint of what certain spices can do. Each of those kitchen helpers is also a natural anti-inflammatory, for example. And they can have powerful effects on your health and wellbeing.
And that cinnamon I mentioned a little earlier? It might be the best of the bunch.
In some cases, cinnamon can help control blood sugar so effectively that folks battling diabetes take a supplement of it daily. But new research now confirms it could also help make sure you never get the disease in the first place. And that’s especially true if you’re among the 88 million Americans living with prediabetes.
That’s when your blood sugar levels are rising and stay a bit too high even between meals. And while you don’t quite have diabetes yet, you’re certainly on your way there.
A little cinnamon, however, could help turn the tide.
How cinnamon helps keep blood sugar in check
Scientists put cinnamon supplements up against a placebo in a double-blind study. That’s the best kind when neither the doctors nor the patients know who’s getting what.
It’s the “gold standard” of research or the same kind of study used to approve drugs. Except this wasn’t a drug. It was cinnamon – and it did what no prescription medicine in the world so far has proven to do, and that’s help stop prediabetes cold.
Over 12 weeks, the folks on the placebo saw their blood sugar levels continue to rise, just as expected. Which means they were still on a collision course with diabetes. But the participants given the cinnamon didn’t have any increase in blood sugar levels at all.
They essentially put a freeze on the disease. Which could buy folks the time they need to block the BIG D for good.
Of course, the study volunteers didn’t get their cinnamon from pies or sugary flavored coffee drinks. They were given the cinnamon in a supplement, taking 500 mg three times a day.
If you’re planning to give it a shot yourself, look for a water-based extract for maximum effectiveness. And if you combine that with some basic, common-sense changes to your diet, such as giving up processed foods and lowering your carbs, you may never have to worry about diabetes again.