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CINNAMON VERSES DIABETES AND CANCER
It's been well documented that cinnamon can help normalize blood sugar and prevent diabetes type 2, but what about cancer?
Cinnamaldehyde (chemical bond picture below) is the organic compound that gives cinnamon its pungent smell and its flavor. It's actually an essential oil and comes in the form of a viscous liquid that can also be used as a fungicide.
The University of Arizona recently completed a study in which they proved that adding cinnamaldehyde to the diet of mice protected the mice against colorectal cancer. In response to cinnamaldehyde, the animals' cells had acquired the ability to protect themselves against exposure to a carcinogen through detoxification and repair. Here's the boring white paper on it: 2015 American Association for Cancer Research
Here's another study on cinnamon and cancer research and about 1/2 way down, more on cinnamon and type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon Research. Cinnamon has shown to stop the spread of cancer cells by stopping their cell dividing so they can't grow. Leukemia and Lymphoma seemed to be halted as well by cinnamon.
The study also goes on to show that cinnamon, in the form of a water-soluble extract of cinnamon bark, contains certain compounds that are strongly insulin-mimetic, i.e., they mimic the action of insulin in the body, thereby helping to control type 2 diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels. That's way better than insulin pills and a funky diet.
"According to world-renowned cancer authority Bruce Ames, of the University of California, Berkeley, the three main causes of cancer are: (1) smoking; (2) dietary imbalances (excess fat and calories, and inadequate fruits, vegetables, fiber, and calcium); and (3) chronic infections leading to chronic inflammation (e.g., hepatitis B and C viruses, Helicobacter pylori infection, and schistosomiasis).5 All three of these factors can produce or exacerbate a pro-oxidant environment in our cells, and the reactive oxygen species (including free radicals) that are the defining feature of this condition are strongly implicated in the development of cancer.
Scientific evidence continues to mount in support of the health benefits of plant polyphenols found in a variety of foods, herbs, and spices (such as cinnamon). The research points to their antioxidant actions and, increasingly, to other biochemical actions as well to explain how they help us ward off disease and stay healthy."
Caution: If you have diabetes, do not take any supplement that may affect your blood sugar levels without first consulting your physician. Diabetes is a serious disease requiring careful professional management.
More on the benefits of cinnamon in the video by Dr. Axe:
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