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Beat Sugar Cravings!

Take a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily by adding to cereal, yoghurt or porridge as the best natural sweetener. Cinnamon tells the brain that it has received something sweet without creating a damaging sugar surge in the bloodstream, which leads to those draining highs and lows throughout the day.

This tip is especially good for diabetics, who need to regulate their blood sugar constantly and great for everyone else too, as sugar surges damage our tissues and DNA and cause inflammation. This helps avoid giving in to refined sugar cravings, which in turn accelerate the ageing process!

Cinnamon contains MHCP (methylhydroxychalcone polymer) which mimics the hormone insulin and actively helps prevent diabetes by reducing circulating blood sugar. MHCP also stimulates glycogen production, the form of sugar that we store in muscles and the liver for peak energy needs, thus reducing cravings for ‘instant fixes.

“Cinnamon is a fantastic weight management tool, used both to stem cravings and as a superior, natural sweetener for food and flavouring for sweets and desserts.” Cinnamon is widely available. Buy it as sticks or the ground spice. It has a sweet smell for as long as it is fresh. The sticks keep for longer but the powder is stronger.

“Cinnamon really is an amazing therapeutic food, A teaspoon of cinnamon has the same antioxidant power as 1/2 cup of blueberries or a cup of pomegranate juice! It has anti-bacterial properties that kill microbes and yeasts that upset digestion and immunity, and when added to hot honey and lemon tea it helps relieve colds and flu. Simply smelling cinnamon has been shown to improve brain reactions and memory…and it’s reputed to be an aphrodisiac.