Multiple studies have shown that cinnamon is the single best natural form of blood sugar control. Cinnamon (the water based extract type appears to be most effective) helped lower blood sugar levels between 10 and 30 percent. Cinnamon alone won’t allow you to discontinue your prescriptions but it’s a big step in the right direction. Always consult with your health care provider before embarking on a new path. Low blood sugar can cause problems too.
Cinnamon has also been used for centuries to treat colds and influenza. Start with a saucepan, add two cups of water, a stick, or equivalent of powdered cinnamon or cinnamon extract, plus two drops of clove oil, or a few leaves of fresh clove leaves and slow boil for about three minutes. Remove from the heat and add some dark honey or molasses, one formula includes two tablespoons of good quality whiskey but that’s your choice. After the mixture has cooled sufficiently, so as not to destroy vitamin C, add two tablespoons of lemon juice. Drink half a cup every three to four hours.
If you don’t have a head cold or flu but do a fungal infection, cinnamon has anti-fungal properties both externally and when taken internally. A few drops of cinnamon oil can help if you have athlete’s foot and can fight internal fungus infections like the overpopulation of candida albicans (C. albicans), known as candidiasis or thrush, when taken as a tea.
C. albicans is a diploid fungus, meaning it’s a form of yeast, and is part of the normal gut flora. C. albicans lives in about 80% of the human population with no harmful effects, although an overgrowth can result in candidiasis. Diets high in sugars can cause an overgrowth of candida.
Candidiasis can range from superficial to systemic to potentially life-threatening. Immunocompromised, such as AIDS, cancer, organ and bone transfer recipients and chemotherapy patients are more susceptible to blood and other systemic fungal infections (fungemias).
My personal experience with candidiasis stemmed from a recommended high sugar diet while attending an Olympic training camp seminar. The diet contained large amounts of sugar, sugary foods at every meal and at least one large tablespoon of honey first thing in the morning. That diet put a person on a sugar rush and, in order to maintain it, you had to continue consuming lots of sugar. Everyone I knew on that type diet eventually burned out and had health problems of some sort from mild to life threatening.
Males aren’t supposed to get candidiasis, according to some authorities. I consulted with various doctors, including a sports specialist, and didn’t find out what the problem was until I read a book on the subject.
The doctor who wrote the book listed all the pharmaceuticals and their side effects. At the end of the book he mentioned, as and aside, that raw garlic did as well or better than any pharmaceutical and there were no medical side effects. The only side effect I experienced was people keeping more distance between me and them than usual. In some instances, that was fine with me. I hadn’t heard or read about cinnamon being an effective fungal fighter or I would have tried it first.
Garlic can be easily home grown outdoors during nice weather and indoors during the winter in pots.