As I sit there getting all of the amazing tea benefits offered by green tea, I started thinking about other natural sources of food that have fantastic, yet very underrated, healing powers.
And while most hardcore bodybuilding and research folks are quick to brush them off in favor of the latest high priced supplement combination, there is a certain beauty in simplicity. Nutrients that have been used forever to heal and improve health. The best part is when some of them are actually backed up by new school research.
Listen, I’ll be the first one to talk about various herbs that lower cortisol and stress but many of those herbs don’t have much scientific backing. Cinnamon and its relationship to diabetes does. As a matter of fact it is one of the most highly researched supplements or drugs in the world for managing blood sugar.
Why Bodybuilders Care About Diabetes
One of the main Jimmy Smith Training Physique Principles is to keep blood sugar stable and low throughout the course of the day. After all, if you allow your blood sugar to go crazy during the course of the day by eating bad carbs, your muscle building hormones will be low and your fat adding hormones will be high.
As a result, we always want a keep a eye on diabetes research to find out the latest natural foods or supplements that we can take to lose fat.
The relationship between cinnamon and diabetes is well established and that means great things for our physiques.
Isn’t Cinnamon A Sugar?
I was asked this the other day when I was discussing the benefits of cinnamon with a friend and the answer is yes and no. Most commercially sold cinnamon products are cinnamon sugar, which is not helpful to people try to lose weight or control diabetes. As a matter of fact, it can be very detrimental.
The cinnamon that you want to look at is “ground cinnamon”. It’s calorie free and if you look at the food label it clearly states that ground cinnamon is “not a significant source or sugar”. And the FDA don’t play that lying game, you feel me?
The Accident Of Cinnamon
Hard to believe that the cinnamon revolution was started by accident. A test was done in the Maryland USDA center. The researchers were testing certain foods and the effects on patients blood sugar. They took a typical blood sugar skyrocketing culprit, apple pie and fed it to patients. The result was a fast decline in blood sugar.
You should know that pie makes you fat right? Well what the researchers didn’t account for was the the pie was covered in ground cinnamon. These findings were then taken and tested on group of 60 patients and reported in the journal of Diabetes Care. All patients had type 2 diabetes (which means they ate awful for a long time) but they were not on insulin yet.
The subjects were given as little as a quarter teaspoon or 2 teaspoons for 40 days.
Not only did their blood sugar decrease but their natural insulin production (remember people with diabetes can’t make their own insulin) increased but their cholesterol was lowered significantly as well. In addition, these effects were seen for upwards of 20 days post test.
How To Get More Cinnamon In Your Diet
While you can purchase cinnamon supplements (NOW Foods makes a excellent tri-chromium and cinnamon product), I’d recommend that you do any of the three options below.
- Add a stick or two of ground cinnamon into your favorite tea twice a day.
- Add a few teaspoons to your morning oatmeal ( I love it!)
- Add some to your morning toast.
Either way, make sure you get your cinnamon.
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