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Type 2, or adult onset, diabetes is caused by insulin receptor problems that make it difficult to move sugar from the blood into the cells. Obesity, diets high in saturated fats and simple sugars, and lack of exercise promote insulin resistance. Cinnamon decreases insulin resistance and promotes normal blood sugar metabolism. Researchers from Pakistan found that people who ate one gram of cinnamon per day - about half a teaspoon - for 40 days showed reduced blood sugar, triglycerides (blood fats), LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and total cholesterol.

Including cinnamon in the diet might reduce risk factors linked to heart disease and diabetes. Cinnamon contains a chemical that helps the cells recognize and respond to insulin. A company called PhytoMedical Technologies identified several chemicals in cinnamon called polyphenols that in preliminary studies stimulated insulin receptors, reduced body fat, increased muscle mass and lowered cholesterol. Include a teaspoon of cinnamon in a cup of tea, coffee, or juice every day- it might help you lose body fat and improve carbohydrate and fat metabolism.




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