Published : 12/20/2018
What makes your christmas taste buds go wild? Cinnamon is the spice that is able to transmit the magical spirit of Christmas. And if mixed with almonds and raisins, like in our eat Cinnamon “Taler”, it finds its perfect match.
But cinnamon harbours much more than its delicious taste. Cinnamon is an ancient natural remedy, used over centuries by indigenous populations to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, stimulate the metabolism and boost the immune system. In modern days, it is even recommended as a cancer-preventing food ingredient due to its potent antioxidant potentials. Cinnamon is obtained from the bark of the tropical cinnamon tree. During the cinnamon harvest the tree’s twigs are removed, hollowed-out and dried to ultimately yield the highly sought-after cinnamon sticks. Once these are grinded, one obtains the familiar powdered cinnamon.
Today’s studies can confirm the antimicrobial effects that had been associated with cinnamon over centuries. The most fascinating finding has been that cinnamon is able to regulate our blood sugar level and therefore bears potentials to alleviate and even reverse insulin resistance for people suffering from prediabetes and the metabolic syndrome. Both diseases are considered to be a preliminary stage of diabetes, a disease that affects 350 million people worldwide. This health claim was based on a 2003 study that was published in the medical journal diabetes care. It included 60 patients diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, who were given varying amounts of cinnamon over a period of 40 days. In contrast to those who were given a placebo, the “cinnamon group” experienced a significant drop in their blood sugar level, especially amongst those who were given the maximum dose of 6 grams of cinnamon per day. A reduced insulin level also leads our fat cells to activate their fat reserves to supply the necessary energy, which lowers the overall share of body fat. Therefore, cinnamon may stimulate our bodies fat metabolism.
A heart-warming spice that stimulates our metabolism, reduces our blood sugar level and carries a wealth of good-for-you secondary plant metabolites – captured in our eat cinnamon “Taler”. Christmas is all around us.