(Ivanhoe Newswire) — In the past, ancient civilizations valued spices and herbs for their mythical medicinal power. Now, new science is emerging about the protective properties of spices and herbs, and how you can turn your health around with a simple dash of seasoning to your meal.
“Taste is still the number one, it’s not a surprise, the number one influencer on why we choose what we choose to eat,” Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients, told Ivanhoe. Because spices add flavor that common dishes usually lack, it’s an easy way to not only step up a meal, but increase lifespan as well. Recent studies exemplify how different spices can make your food and health come alive.
Cinnamon is commonly found in sweet treats, but it can actually have beneficial effects on blood sugar and metabolism according to recent research in the U.K. “Cinnamon contains many biologically active substances,” Bazilian said.
A randomized, double-blind clinical trial was conducted to determine the blood glucose lowering effect of cinnamon on HbA1c, blood pressure and lipid profiles in people with type 2 diabetes. 58 type 2 diabetic patients who were treated only with hypoglycemic agents and with an HbA1c participated in the study, and more than 7% were randomly assigned to receive either 2g of cinnamon or placebo daily for 12 weeks. The study found that cinnamon supplementation in people with Type 2 diabetes showed significant decreases in fasting blood glucose, HbA1c, BMI, and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
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