1. Cinnamon can fight damage of fatty foods

    Boost your metabolism with this spicy secret

    Autumn might be four long and steamy months away, but there's one part of the season we should keep around all year long.

    Cinnamon isn't just for pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, and hot drinks on cool nights.

    It also packs a powerful punch when it comes to your health.

    Studies show it can keep your brain sharp and your blood sugar under control... and it can even help with cholesterol.

    Now, the latest research shows one more way this potent spice can give you a lift -- even if you're among the tens of millions of Americans who've struggled to eat a healthy diet over the years.

    It can actually help UNDO the damaging effects of too much fat in your food and even STOP it from turning into fat inside your body!

    In the new study, rats were given a diet that mimicked the high-fat foods most Americans eat these days.

    Some also were given cinnamon, and some weren't.

    After just 12 weeks, the rats that got the cinnamon had healthier blood glucose levels and better control over their insulin. They also saw improvements in their cholesterol levels.

    Sound good? Hold onto your cinnamon sticks... because that's not even the best part of this.

    Despite eating a lousy diet, these rats actually weighed LESS than the ones who had the same foods but no cinnamon and fewer of the molecules linked to fat storage.

    Even better, they had less of the dangerous abdominal fat that leads to metabolic syndrome, which in turn can lead to diabetes and heart disease.

    And to top it all off, they had higher levels of age-fighting, disease-beating antioxidants and lower levels of damaging inflammation.

    All from a little cinnamon!

    Of course, the lesson here isn't to eat a lousy high-fat diet and try to offset the damage by sprinkling a little cinnamon on everything.

    That won't get you very far.

    But if you haven't exactly had a perfect diet over the years -- and really, who has? -- cinnamon can help you get the upper hand and bring it all back under control, especially if you also commit to eating better overall.

    In addition to helping undo the damage of oxidative stress and inflammation, cinnamon can help with your blood sugar levels, especially if you have diabetes or are at risk for the disease.

    Cinnamon is available in supplement form, both on its own and as part of glucose control formulas. As always, look for a quality blend from a maker you trust.

  2. Cinnamon boosts brainpower

    Thanksgiving spice packs powerful benefits

    It's the day even the most disciplined eater lets loose and makes a little extra room -- because who can resist the temptation of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and of course the pumpkin pie?

    Thanksgiving might seem like one of the least healthy days of the year.

    And if you overeat, it certainly is.

    But it doesn't have to be. In fact, it's possible to have your pumpkin pie and eat it, too -- because some of the Thanksgiving staples are perfectly healthy in moderation.

    Turkey, for example, is an excellent protein, especially if you stick to the white meat. We'd probably all be a little healthier if we ate it more often the rest of the year instead of red meat.

    Side dishes such Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower -- broiled or sautéed with herbs and olive oil -- can help prevent heart disease, fight cancer, and reduce the damage caused by oxidative stress.

    But the most powerful ingredient in your Thanksgiving dinner is the one that gets almost no attention at all, despite the fact that it's in nearly every course.

    It's in the sweet potatoes... the pumpkin pie... and maybe even in the coffee.

    It's cinnamon -- and it's time to give the spice its due, because if you limit your consumption of it to just one day a year, you're doing it wrong.

    Let me give you three BIG reasons to make cinnamon part of your regular diet:

    1. It can boost your brain: A study this summer found cinnamon speeds the learning process. In experiments on mice, the rodents were able to find their way through mazes quicker after a dose of cinnamon.You're no mouse, but human studies have shown that cinnamon can give your gray matter a charge, too. In fact, just the SMELL of cinnamon is enough to get your brain cells fired up!
    2. It can help digestion: Another recent study found cinnamon can lower the temperature in your gut by 3.6 degrees -- a change that allows the bacteria in there to work more efficiently so you get the nutrients you need from your food.
    3. It can cut blood sugar: Cinnamon is so powerful at blood sugar control that smart diabetics use supplements to help reduce their dependence on medication.

    Of course, cinnamon isn't going to help much if it's mixed in with sugar, which is how it's often served.

    Whether they're in coffee, pie, or sweet potatoes, it seems cinnamon and sugar are practically married!

    It's time to give them a divorce.

    Ditch the sugar, but hang onto the cinnamon. It's terrific in hot beverages even when they haven't been sweetened.

    You can probably do without the potatoes, but if you want some pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, I won't stand in your way -- just be sure that slice of pie is an occasional treat and not part of a pattern.

    For some tips on how to make it through the season's feasts without having to shop for looser-fitting pants, check out this free report from my House Calls archives.

    PS: Speaking of getting healthier for the holidays, did you know that you can REVERSE all the major symptoms of diabetes in just ONE MONTH? That's right... get started today, and you can give yourself the gift of a NEW YOU for Christmas! Learn more about this groundbreaking science-backed approach to beating diabetes right here.

  3. Slash your diabetes risk with this simple vitamin

    It's so easy it seems unreal: A key weapon in the fight against diabetes might be hovering right outside your window, right now. It's the sun -- the primary source of vitamin D, and a new study shows how this pancreas-boosting super nutrient can help stop the disease before it starts.
  4. A tasty way to lower BP

    It sounds too delicious to be true: You can beat hypertension and even eliminate blood pressure drugs by simply enjoying a little oatmeal every day. But it is true--because a new study confirms again that the healthiest whole grains can dramatically lower your blood pressure levels. Scottish researchers randomly assigned more than 233 volunteers to eat three servings a day...
  5. Cinnamon improves BP, blood sugar

    The aromatic spice doesn't just taste great--it's also one of the best natural ways to lower your blood sugar levels, and a new double-blind placebo-controlled study confirms it.

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