Cinnamon: Mr. Clean for Your Food

When you think of cinnamon don’t you think of spiced cider, a topping for hot chocolate, and a great baking ingredient? Cinnamon is all of those things, but it’s also an incredible substance that is a natural holistic source of health benefits. The kudos for cinnamon are many.

Did you know that cinnamon actually kills food-borne microbes like E-Coli? According to Phytotherapy Research (November 13, 1999) in laboratory tests, cinnamon proved to be a potent neutralizer of microbes, particularly of common food-borne microbes such as Escherichia coli (E. coli). How can you use it as a “Mr. Clean” for your food? Since cinnamon is a natural holistic spice, all you have to do is add it to your food. With whole foods you don’t have the same worries about dosage as you do with synthetic or inorganic products. Sprinkle cinnamon into your salads, mix it into ground beef or add it to vegetable curries to get all the benefits of cinnamon.

But research shows that cinnamon does even more. According to a study done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon defends against cancer by reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. One study even found that sniffing cinnamon can boost cognitive and memory functions. The benefits of cinnamon are pretty amazing, especially because most people consider it an “extra spice” to add to drinks and food.

I add a dash to cinnamon to my coffee every morning because some studies show that cinnamon can regulate blood sugar. I have noticed a definite improvement in my blood sugar levels (verified by my doctor and lab tests) just by adding cinnamon, a natural holistic whole food, to my coffee. Sometimes nature provides the best medicine for our ills in the form of whole foods.

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