Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cinnamon and Blueberry's very Healthful!!

Reasons to love Cinnamon:
1. Is believed to help lower blood sugar levels. A specific chemical (MHCP) found in cinnamon
mimics the action of insulin in your body and helps control blood sugar levels.

2. In studies Cinnamon has been shown to help reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol.

3. Peps up digestion. Adding some cinnamon to your meals could help relieve frequent

You don't need large quantities of cinnamon to get it's benefits. About 1/2 tsp a day will be enough.

You want to try not adding it with alot of sugar. I know the recipe I posted is for a sweat treat, but hey we all need them sometimes. Just sprinkle it on your toast in the morning, on your cereal, in your yogurt, on some meats. Be creative.

Benefits of Blueberry's

Antioxidants are thought to help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals and the chronic diseases associated with the aging process. Fresh fruits, including blueberries, and vegetables contain many of these naturally occurring antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E. Blueberries contain 14 mg of Vitamin C and 0.8 mg Vitamin E per 1 cup of blueberries. In addition, blueberries contain anthocyanins and phenolics that can also act as antioxidants. Based on data from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (Boston, MA), blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity. Using a test called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), researchers have shown that a serving of fresh blueberries provides more antioxidant activity than many other fresh fruits and vegetables.

This article is from US Highbush Blueberries Council web page

The health benefits associated with blueberries include improved eyesight, stronger blood vessels,reduced risk of heart disease, reduced risk of urinary tract infections, better memory performance.
Blueberries are also great for reaching and maintaining a healthy weight level. They are considered low calerie.

These are all things I have read and learned over the years. Adding these types of food to your diet is very healthy and can help you. However this is not medical advice! If you have any condition adding these foods with your doctor's permission can help, not replace what you are currently doing. Of course if you don't have any medical condition, being aware of what you eat could help keep you from developing one. Again I am just a stay at home mom. I have been reading about nutrition for years. I believe very much in homeopathic remedies. These are just my beliefs. Yes I know this little note is sort of like caution coffee is hot and may burn you! But you know how it is now a days!

No comments: