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A Spice May Help Manage Blood Sugar

By Tom Herrin

Protecting health can be a pretty big challenge. It requires us to do everything possible to stay current on our health numbers. We should try to be aware of our weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar. The numbers we see from any of these can tell a story. If we are really concerned, we take this information and find ways to improve these numbers. Apparently, some spices can positively impact those numbers. If simply using these spices can do that, why not sign up?

Cinnamon Has Shown to Lower Blood Sugar

Many of us are familiar with cinnamon and have had it with some kind of pastry. Cinnamon rolls are pretty popular. As a kid, I always enjoyed cinnamon toast. This spice is known to have antioxidant properties that can help to fight inflammation. More than that, studies have indicated that cinnamon may help to lower blood sugar. Some studies have found that it may lower blood sugar by a whopping 10-29 percent in people who are diabetic. That is a pretty significant number and something worth watching.

Garlic May Help Blood Pressure

People have long considered garlic to have some kinds of health benefits. Some used it to keep away things that could cause illness. It has been used a bit more successfully to help fight common sicknesses. The most effective use for it, however, may be to support heart and circulatory health. Studies have shown it to have the ability to lower cholesterol as well as blood pressure. According to one study, garlic was as effective as medication in treating blood pressure. While some may steer away from garlic because of the odor, some work around this by taking odor-free supplements. My family likes preparing some foods with just a touch of garlic, and that may be all that is needed.

Peppermint May Help with Digestive Issues

Many of us have probably used some kind of product containing peppermint to settle the stomach. Whether it is in the form of candy or tea, peppermint is known to help. Studies have even indicated that it can help irritable bowel syndrome. Of course, some people use it for sore throats. It is also considered to be effective when used in aromatherapy. I usually keep some soft peppermint sticks of chunks around in case something doesn't seem quite right with my stomach.

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