Tip: Add Cinnamon to Your Meals

A simple trick to increase insulin sensitivity. Here's how it works and how much to consume.

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Make your body more sensitive to the insulin it naturally releases when you eat. That way you can take advantage of the muscle-building effects of insulin and avoid the fat-gaining effects of producing too much insulin (being insulin resistant). This will help.

Consume More Cinnamon

Beyond spicing up your pumpkin pie, you probably never give cinnamon a second thought. However, the simple addition of cinnamon to your diet has been shown in several studies to…

  • Delay gastric emptying
  • Lower blood glucose levels following a meal
  • Reduce fasting insulin
  • Make up for temporary insulin resistance due to lack of sleep

To reap the glucose-controlling benefits of cinnamon you’ll need to use 3-6 grams (approx 2-3 teaspoons). Adding a couple teaspoons of cinnamon to your breakfast is a no-brainer, so you have no excuse not to add this to your dietary arsenal.


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