It's undeniable that when it comes to living a long and healthy life, everyone wants to know the magical secret. Much emphasis is put on one's diet and foods, however, according to studies, a certain spice may help to boost your longevity.
Cinnamon is known as being a super spice and bears its name well.
The spice is said to be extremely rich in antioxidants, modulates oxidative stress, reduces inflammatory and allergic reactions and reduces circulating lipids, thus protecting our cardiovascular system.
It also seems to have a role as an adjuvant to anti-diabetic treatments.
In a recent study from Penn State, researchers found that a diet rich in spices, like cinnamon, helped curb the damaging effects of consuming a fatty meal on the body.
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The study found that after eating a high-fat meal, levels of fats in the blood known as triglycerides rise, and chronically high triglycerides raise the risk of heart disease.
In this small study which involved six overweight but otherwise healthy men between 30 and 65 the results of adding spices were significant.
On two separate days, volunteers added two tablespoons of spices, including cinnamon, to a fatty meal, which was tested against an identical control meal without spices.
Blood samples drawn after meals revealed that in addition to 13 percent higher blood antioxidant levels, the spices reduce triglycerides by about 30 percent.DON'T MISSDementia warning: Does this describe your sleeping pattern? You may be at a higher risk [INSIGHT]High cholesterol warning: Do your eyes look like this? Subtle sign of heart attack risk [SYMPTOMS]
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Results from a clinical study published in the Diabetes Care journal in 2003 suggest that cassia cinnamon (cinnamon bark) improves blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes and may reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, said Diabetes.co.uk
The health site continued: "A daily intake of just one, three, or six grams was shown to reduce serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL or bad cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days among 60 middle-aged diabetics.
"Another study reported in the July 2000 edition of Agricultural Research Magazine found that consuming just one gram of cinnamon per day can increase insulin sensitivity and help manage or reverse type 2 diabetes."
Research has also indicated that by simply smelling cinnamon the cognitive processing was enhanced, however by also consuming the spice also significantly boosted brain function.
Scientists at Wheeling Jesuit University asked volunteers to complete computer-based tasks while chewing no gum, plain gum, or gum flavoured with cinnamon, peppermint, or jasmine.
Cognitive processing was boosted the most in those given cinnamon, which sped up visual-motor responses and improved attention scores.
The aromatic spice may also help the brain heal as one study from scientists at the Agricultural Research Service found that cinnamon extract helped prevent brain cells from swelling in the ways typically seen after a traumatic brain injury or stroke.
Cinnamon is a great source of fibre, manganese, and calcium.
Cinnamon has been shown to act as a powerful antioxidant.
In a study, cinnamon beat out more than two dozen other foods in terms of antioxidant capacity.
Studies have also indicated that cinnamon's multiple flavonoid compounds have anti-inflammatory activities helping to reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases and cancers helping to boost longevity.