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Experience the Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is becoming a popular supplement among diabetics for it’s components and their effect on blood glucose and cholesterol. Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, and an anti-clotting effect on the blood. Based on recent studies, cinnamon may lower blood glucose, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in people with Type 2 diabetes.

The results of a study from 2003 in Pakistan showed lower levels of fasting glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days with levels continuing to drop for 20 days after that. The study was made up of 60 people with Type 2 diabetes divided into 6 groups of 10. Three groups received cinnamon in the form of capsules totaling 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon a day. The other three groups received placebo capsules. The capsules were taken three times a day, after meals. All of the levels of cinnamon intake showed results, leading researchers to believe that as little as 1 gram a day of cinnamon may be especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon has many other health benefits in addition to supporting normal blood glucose and cholesterol. In Midevil times cinnamon was used to treat coughing, hoarseness and sore throats. This spice has also shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month. When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative. One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices. It is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

New research is currently being developed on the amazing effects of cinnamon. All of this information proves that cinnamon is an extremely beneficial herb for promoting overall wellness.

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Sources: Khan, MS, PHD, Alam, Safdar, MS, Mahpara, Ali Khan, MS, PHD, Mohammad Muzaffar, Khattak, MS, Khan Nawaz, and Anderson, PHD, Richard A.. “Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes.” Diabetes Care 26(2003): 3215-3218.

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The Potential of Pomegranate

Pomegranate is the most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits
It contains Potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects
Pomegranate Discourages platelet aggregation that could cause heart attacks, strokes and embolic disease
Lowers cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors
Lowers blood pressure

Additional medicinal benefits of pomegranates:

Atherosclerosis – Due to its richness of flavonoids and antioxidant vitamins C and E, pomegranates prevent atherosclerosis. In a recent study, patients who took a glass of pomegranate juice every day felt better after 10 days of start taking it.

Degenerative illnesses – Due to its content of antocianines (pigments of red and blue color known as flavonoids) and vitamins C and E, pomegranates stop the aging process and appearance of degenerative illnesses.

Blood purifier – A long treatment with pomegranate juice detoxifies and regenerates the blood. Pomegranates are known as “the queen” of naturopath geriatrics; they are excellent nutrition for old people as well as children.

Diabetes – Pomegranates are an excellent fruit for diabetics because they do not raise blood sugar. They protect them against atherosclerosis and hypertension, two major risks for diabetics.

Menopause – Due to their content of estrogens, pomegranates are recommended to prevent discomforts caused by menopause. Japanese women eat this fruit to prevent such discomforts.

Anti-anemia – Because of its richness in minerals, vitamin C and copper, pomegranate juice is well known for is anti-anemia effects. Pomegranates improve anemia cause by iron deficiency.

Chronic inflammations – Pomegranate juice, taken before breakfast and half hour before meals is quite effective to fight laryngitis, sinusitis, and ear inflammation with suppuration.

Pomegranates are fast becoming known as one of the healthiest foods we can eat, largely because of their beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. The benefit of supplementing with pomegranate extract (rather than drinking the juice or eating the fruit) is that the extract, unlike the juice, contains virtually no sugar or calories, and requires no refrigeration to maintain optimal quality.

**Pomegranate is considered a dietary supplement, so make sure you talk to your doctor before you start drinking it regularly. Pomegranate juice may interact with some prescription medications, such as certain high blood pressure medications and statins.

Using Vanadium – Vanadyl Sulfate to Control Blood Sugar

Vanadium, commonly taken as vanadyl sulfate, is another contested substance. There have been claims made about its effects of lowering insulin requirements and even preserving beta cell function, but skeptics say
side effects are harmful. Vanadium has been studied throughout the 1990s. In 1996 the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, published in May 1996 Diabetes, reported that vanadyl sulfate improved type 2 Diabetes’ insulin sensitivity.

As time went on, studies either verified or disputed this conclusion. One said it has no effect in type diabetes (December 1998 Diabetes Care). Another demonstrated that it “restored elevated blood glucose to normal” in diabetic rats.

John Walsh, PA, CDE, coauthor of “Stop the Rollercoaster,” wants more long-term, human studies done, because vanadyl sulfate in high doses has also shown toxic side effects in animals, including kidney damage and oxidation
of fats, leading to cardiovascular disease.

Walsh concludes, “Vanadium or one of its derivatives may someday help improve blood sugar…” but “too many unknowns surround this mineral today.”

Scientists are working on different formulations of vanadium besides vanadyl sulfate for dietary supplementation. Natural Health magazine says 5 to 25 milligrams per day is a safe amount.

Herbs for Diabetes – Gymnema Sylvestre

Gymnema Sylvestre contains Gurmenic acid which has structure similar to saccharose, (used in the making of certain sweetners). Extracts of Gymnema can curb sweet tooths and diabetic sweet cravings. Some people use the herb to fight sugar cravings, as it can reduce or dilute the taste of sugar when it is placed in the mouth. Extract from the leaves contains Gymnemic acids, which exhibit anti-sweet activity, the effect of this activity lasts for about 15 minutes.

Gymnema Sylvestre is currently being used in some countries as a natural medication for diabetes. Combined with other ingredients such as cinnamon, chromium, zinc, biotin, banaba, huckleberry and bitter melon, it has shown positive effects.

*In 2005, a study made by King’s College, London, United Kingdom, showed that a water-soluble extract of Gymnema Sylvestre, caused reversible increases in intracellular calcium and insulin secretion in mouse and human β-cells when used at a concentration (0.125 mg/ml) without compromising cell viability. Hence forth these data suggest that extracts derived from Gymnema Sylvestre may be useful as therapeutic agents for the stimulation of insulin secretion in individuals.