More than 11 years ago I first publicized how cinnamon could help people with type 2 diabetes to control their insulin resistance. Since that time more studies have come out. Some of them indicated that cinnamon might not help, and I wrote here five years ago that I had second thoughts about it. Now, I have third thoughts. A meta-analysis published yesterday shows that cinnamon -- especially cinnamon extract -- produces a modest but statistically signification reduction of fasting blood glucose. The study, “Cinnamon Intake Lowers Fasting Blood Glucose: Meta-Analysis,” appears in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food , and the abstract is online . The authors are Paul A. Davis of the Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis, and Wallace Yokoyama of the Western Regional Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Davis kindly sent me the full-text of the study on my request. Several of the earlier studies didn’t “discretely...
Cinnamon has always been known as a healing spice, which scientific studies are now beginning to prove. For instance, an Israeli researcher discovered its anti-viral properties after seeing it mentioned in the bible as part of a holy oil prepared during animal sacrifices to potentially prevent the spread of infectious agents.  It is even said that it may have saved cinnamon factory workers during the 1918 flu outbreak, who seemed to be immune to the virus during that time.
Cinnamon has also been used in Ayurvedic medicine, which is over 5,000 years old for digestive, respiratory and reproductive system conditions. It is typically recommended for Kapha and Vata types, but not Pitta types due to its heating effect, which can be aggravating for their already warm body constitution. However, due to these same properties, it has been recommended in traditional Chinese medicine for colds and other respiratory infections. 
The two most common varieties of cinnamon are...
I’m sitting here with a bag of tart fall apples that I will never make any headway with, one apple at a time. I could bake them up in an apple pie, but butter is like a loaded gun to me. Double crust apple pies typically call for three or four sticks of butter, which translates to somewhere around 12 to 15 grams of saturated fat per slice, about the same as a McDonalds quarter pounder with cheese, and we haven’t even gotten around to the mandatory scoop of ice cream.
I’ve heard of innocent people being terrorized by apple pie-wielding street gangs.
Fortunately, there’s an elegant and simple solution. If you know how to turn the oven on, you’re in business.
McMan’s Safe Cinnamon Apple Crisp
Peel, core, and slice about six tart apples. For those who regard food prep as a chore, this is by far the toughest part of the recipe. In the right frame of mind, however, a bit of tedium and monotony translates into restful Zen quiet. To prevent the apple slices from browning, I stick them in...
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.