I am really intrigued by the health benefits of spices.  Starting with cinnamon I am going to dive into as many of the delicious, spicy, hot, aromatic, spices.

What is cinnamon?  Where does it come from?  What are the medicinal benefits?  How many kinds are there?  If you already know the answers to these questions- Great! you’re ahead of me.  I, on the other hand, do not know the answers.  Let’s dive in!

Check this site out for more info on cinnamon:

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-cinnamon

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http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1002.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22749176?dopt=Abstract

Both of these links go to the US National Library of Medicine- fascinating! This is a snip from the second link:

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I love credible sources 🙂

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20854384?dopt=Abstract    Here’s another abstract 🙂

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There are mixed reports on the effects of cinnamon on both type 1 and 2 diabetes.  I would be interested in a study on people without diabetes and a study on the 2 different kinds of cinnamon.

My own experience tells me that it does lower blood glucose and does curb appetite.  Last month I did a 21 day experiment and I figured out that, for me, the effects of cinnamon are real!

Also, check out this article from NPR

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/12/30/255778250/cinnamon-can-help-lower-blood-sugar-but-one-variety-may-be-best

What will the next spice be on my road of knowledge?  Good question and I am not sure- if you have any suggestions I am open 🙂

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