The Benefits of Cinnamon
11th June 2013
By Ameer Rosic RHN, FDN
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
As you age the breakdown of
your collagenous networks results in physical changes in your skin. In a
recent study Cinnamon was shown to help in the reformation of
Cinnamaldehyde which is the active component, has been shown to stimulate IGF
and therefore increase the production of Collagen biosynthesis. The end
results of the study suggested that cinnamon extract is useful in
antiaging treatment of the skin.(1)
The next time someone asks you, what your secret is for looking so young and vibrant, just tell them to Spice up their life !
Blood Sugar Control
Cinnamon, is a rich botanical source of polyphenolics
that has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine, the Chinese were
way ahead of the game. Cinnamon has been shown to affect blood glucose
and insulin signalling. Cinnamon extract and/or cinnamon improves
fasting blood glucose level in people with type 2 diabetes or
According to previous
studies, cinnamon may have a positive effect on the glycemic control and
the lipid profile in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2.
The following study was conducted with a total of 79 patients with
diagnosed diabetes mellitus type 2 not on insulin therapy but treated
with oral anti-diabetics diets, that were randomly assigned to take
either a cinnamon extract or a placebo capsule three times a day for 4
months in a double-blind study. The amount of aqueous cinnamon extract
corresponded to 3 g of cinnamon powder per day.
The results of the study were very impressive, there was a significantly higher reduction in the cinnamon group (10.3%) than in the placebo group (3.4%).
The decrease in plasma glucose correlated significantly with the
baseline concentrations, indicating that subjects with a higher initial
plasma glucose level may benefit more from cinnamon intake. No adverse
effects were observed. (3)
This comes as significant information, as the rate of type 2 diabetes raises. You need to counteract with an ancestral diet
and natural remedies to rebalance your natural homeostasis. You must
not let the “drug” companies win, and remember Type 2 Diabetes is a life
style issue, its not as if you woke up one day and just got T2D, No !
It was a cascading domino effect that eventually got you to your final
destination of destruction.
Boosts Brain Function
Okay….. so cinnamon may make you look younger and control your blood sugar, what more do you want! How about boost brain power.
Research led by Dr. P.
Zoladz and presented April 24, 2004, at the annual meeting of the
Association for Chemoreception Sciences, in Sarasota, FL, found that
chewing cinnamon flavored gum, or just smelling cinnamon enhanced study
participants’ cognitive processing.
( This is not what I would like you to do, always eat the most natural form possible )
improved participants’ scores on tasks related to attentional processes,
virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual-motor speed
while working on a computer-based program. Participants were exposed to
four odorant conditions: no odor, peppermint odor, jasmine, and
cinnamon, with cinnamon emerging the clear winner in producing positive
effects on brain function.
Encouraged by the results of
these studies, researchers will be evaluating cinnamon’s potential for
enhancing cognition in the elderly, individuals with test-anxiety, and
possibly even patients with diseases that lead to cognitive decline.
(May 9, 2004)
Another fascinating study
was conducted on Cinnamon polyphenols. They investigated the protective
effects of cinnamon polyphenol extract (CPE) that has many anti-oxidant
and insulin-potentiating effects on cell swelling. Mitochondrial
dysfunction, a key component of ischemic injury, contributes to cell
swelling. OGD ( oxygen-glucose deprivation ) induced a 39% decline in
DeltaPsi(m) ( electrical potential gradient across the mitochondrial
membrane) big fancy word for movement, even I really don’t understand.
This decline was blocked by
CPE as well as insulin. What this means is the Cinnamon extract helps
increase oxygen to the cell and reduce swelling. The conclusion to their
study states. Our results show that CPE reduces OGD-induced cell
swelling as well as the decline in DeltaPsi(m) in cultures and some of
its protective effects may be through inhibiting the mPT.(4)
By adding some sweet
Cinnamon to your diet, you may increase your longevity, health of your
skin and increase cognitive function. Talk about a super food, so listen
up, go spice up your life and enjoy the many benefits Cinnamon holds
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About the author:
Ameer Rosic is a Registered Holistic
Nutritionist, Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and Functional Medicine
practitioner. As a leading expert in nutrition, optimal-aging,
methylation, fitness and wellness, Ameer is consulted worldwide and
gives lectures, seminars and certification workshops around the world.
He is your guide to living optimally.
In 2012, Ameer won The Canadian
Kettlebell Biathlon Championship. He is the author of “The Kettlebell
Advantage” (ISBN: 9781465875594) and is currently finishing his second
book titled “Diagnostic testing and Functional Medicine.” His unique
approach to fitness and wellness is now the feature of the TV Show,
“Shape up with Ameer: Kettlebell Conditioning.” Helpful advice can also
be found on “Optimal Health Show,” a feature on his YouTube channel and
his weekly Experts panel with top doctors.
Ameer endorses and teaches the martial
arts philosophy of life-balance and believes in the ancient teachings of
Hippocrates: “Let Food be Thy Medicine.”
Respect your body, it’s your temple.
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