Amazing Health Benefits Of Cinnamon And Honey

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Make Sure Your Honey Is The Real Thing

Before antibiotics, honey was used to treat bacterial wound infections. Bee propolis has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In vitro laboratory studies have shown activity against TB, H. pylori, skin ulcers, and colitis.  Honey contains B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.

Be careful where you get your honey if you want to experience its famous health benefits. Much of the honey being sold in grocery stores, big box stores, drug stores and in individual packets cannot legally be called honey. The amounts of illegal honey from those sources ranges from 76% to 100%.  All honey is required by the food safety divisions of the World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others to contain pollen.

The only way to eliminate pollen from honey is to subject it to a treatment called ultra filtering.  This is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen.  Once treated by ultra filtering, the source of the honey can no longer be identified. Labeling ultra filtered honey as “honey” is prohibited by the US Food and Drug Administration.  The FDA says that any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey.

This process is illegal for honey world wide because many sources of honey are contaminated with antibiotics and heavy metals and have been dumped on the world market with the pollen removed so it can’t be traced back to its country of origin.  All of the honey samples purchased at farmers markets, co-ops and “natural” stores like PCC and Trader Joe’s had the full, anticipated, amount of pollen.  See the Food Safety News report here.

 

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Common “Cinnamon” Is Not The Famous Health Giving Spice

Cinnamon is rich in bioactive compounds that help regulate blood sugar levels. This isn’t the cinnamon you’d use to flavor your cappuccino, by the way. It’s a related species called Cinnamomum cassia—and scientists around the world are now discovering its glucose-lowering  and other health giving powers.  Ceylon cinnamon is the common name for this variety.

Ceylon cinnamon is fine for use as a home remedy and spice.  Even the smell of cinnamon can help in an unexpected way – it makes you more lively! Try adding Ceylon cinnamon to your diet in some way today. Whether whole or ground, this small spice can ultimately make a big difference.

The problem with long-term, higher dose cinnamon use is the presence of highly reactive aldehyde compounds. These toxic fat-soluble compounds accumulate in the body over time. The good news is that a novel water-based extract of cinnamon has been identified and it delivers cinnamon’s beneficial water-soluble nutrients while removing fat-soluble toxins. So if you are using cinnamon for more serious health issues such as blood sugar regulation, use properly prepared extracts.  Life Extension Cinsulin Vegetarian Capsules, 90-Count is a professional quality cinnamon extract from Cinnamomum cassia.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been studying the amazing health effects of cinnamon extracts on blood glucose for over a decade. USDA scientists have identified special substances in cinnamon bark that increase in vitro sugar metabolism “20-fold”.  Here are some of the latest study results:

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