Wellness Pathway #223 Eat Cinnamon

Most of us have a powerful supplement in our kitchen pantries, with no known side effects and a host of health benefits. To consume this supplement we don’t have to swallow any pills or follow any exotic diets. We just have to eat at least one half teaspoon of cinnamon a day.

In a recent study, cinnamon has demonstrated benefits both for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It can lower cholesterol and triglycerides from 13 to 30 percent (that’s comparable to the benefits seen with statin drugs), it can reduce insulin resistance, which causes type 2 diabetes, and it can cut blood sugar levels by 20 to 30 percent. “Some people who were taking medication for diabetes,” notes Richard Anderson, Ph.D., the study author, “have been able to get off their medications and use cinnamon alone.”

Cinnamon’s other health benefits include improved digestive function, reduced congestion, relieved muscle stiffness and joint pain, thinner blood, reduced inflammation, and preventing gastro-intestinal and urinary tract infections.

Now that’s a powerful spice! With no known risks and negligible calories, I consume up to 1 Tablespoon per day, by adding it to fruit smoothies, cereals, and yogurt. One can also chew on a cinnamon stick (not the candy, but the actual spice) to receive the health benefits. If you don’t enjoy eating cinnamon on a regular basis, it can be taken in capsule form. 

Coaching Inquiries: Do you consume enough cinnamon on a daily basis to receive its health benefits? How could you increase your consumption of cinnamon and make it a regular part of your diet?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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