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A teaspoon of Cinnamon a day…

31/05/2012

nutritionist fulham

Keep insulin resistance away!

Numerous studies (1, 2, 3) have demonstrated that the use of this delicious spice in our food may help to improve our ability too handle sugar and carbohydrates better.

Now that sounds easy, why not add it to your breakfast? Great on oats, muesli or fruit yoghurt and flaxseeds.

It adds a sweetness without the sugar response, perfect. Of course there are always going to be studies that don’t’ agree with these findings, but at the cost of a box of cinnamon its worth a go!

It’s also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

Please note, not suitable for those suffering with highblood pressure, kidney or liver disease and those taking blood thining medication. Always seek advice from a professional before making drastic changes to your diet and lifestyle.

1. Qin et al., Cinnamon Extract Prevents the Insulin Resistance Induced by High Fructose diet. Horm Metab Res 2004; 36(2): 119-125
2. Kirkham, S., Akilen, R., Sharma, S. and Tsiami, A. (2009), The potential of cinnamon to reduce blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, 11: 1100–1113. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1326.2009.01094.x
3. Karalee J, Jarvill et al., A Hydroxychalcone Derived from Cinnamon Functions as a Mimetic for Insulin in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes. J Am Coll Nutr August 2001 vol. 20 no. 4 327-336

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