Cinnamon and Cancer

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There has been a lot of talk these days about cinnamon.  Cinnamon is the dried aromatic inner bark of certain tropical Asian trees. It is highly recommended for heart and blood health. It contains methyhydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP), which boosts in vitro cellular glucose metabolism, making cinnamon one of the most-recommended natural supplements for healthy blood sugar levels. Recent research suggests that cinnamon may be helpful as a supplement to regular diabetes treatment in people with type 2 diabetes.

 So how might cinnamon prove to be beneficial for cancer patients? During my recovery from cancer, I was given the advice by my naturopath to follow an eating lifestyle similar to those diagnosed with diabetes; focusing on the glycemic index of the foods I ate.  This advice parallels the advice of the Alternative Medicine Research Foundation (non-profit research group).  According to The Alternative Medicine Research Foundation, the key here is to control the supply of cancer’s preferred fuel, glucose. Often times cancer patients lack nutritional advice.  Controlling one’s blood-glucose levels through diet, supplements, exercise, meditation and prescription drugs when necessary can be one of the most crucial components to a cancer recovery program.

So the next time you have a bowl of steel cut oats or a sliced apple, sprinkle them with some cinnamon.  Not only will this help with the glycemic index, it tastes really good.

 

Disclaimer

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. Don’t substitute cinnamon for prescription medication whose benefits are well established.  Please consult your physician.

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