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Cinnamon and Clove for Diabetes, Cholesterol and Arthritis?

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Sounds like a good reason to swallow your edible Thieves Mouthwash and Toothpaste

A study made big news this week showing that cinnamon and clove show promise for helping with diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

DUH! While these guys continue to try and figure out how to homogenize, pasteurize, crystallize and patent a pill around these findings--and eventually discredit the natural stuff--you can start enjoying the many health benefits of cinnamon and clove right now by integrating Thieves products into your life.

The big question for me is if I am going to commit the specifics to memory and add more complexity and two more pills to my life? I certainly won’t. I’ll simply continue using my non-deadly toothpaste, my non-poison mouthwash, my non-Alzheimer’s deodorant, my soap that’s not made with the fat of roadkill (OK...maybe just slaughterhouse leftovers), my non-toxic household cleaner and more.

Of course I’m referring to Thieves products which have always contained cinnamon and clove. Even if we knew nothing of the health benefits shown in this study, we know these products are having a positive impact on our health simply by eliminating from our lives the poisons found in the everyday products they replace. (Read the poison warning labels on standard, store-bought toothpastes, mouthwashes, deodorants, cleaners, etc.)

Thieves underarm deodorant?! Absolutely! It’s called Dentarome or Dentarome Plus. That’s right...the toothpastes. It’s super how you can get creative with products that are completely safe and natural. Before Young Living created the AromaGuard deodorants, many of us started using the Dentarome toothpastes for this purpose. And we love it so much that we won’t switch to anything else. If you’d like to try, put about a half-pea size amount into the palm of your hand and rub into your armpit. The original Dentarome and Dentarome Plus are the best consistency for this, although some use the new Ultra and like it too. Warning: Be sure your armpits are dry first...the heat of the Thieves oil can get pretty intense otherwise.

Side Benefit 1: I travel easier and lighter because I bring my multi-use toothpaste.

Side Benefit 2: The Dentaromes also work well on Poison Ivy. My hands and fingers are coated with it as I type this. (Yard work last week.)

Side Benefit 3: I swallow my toothpaste and mouthwash after brushing and rinsing. Again, this is natural stuff that is seriously good for need to spit it down the drain as we’ve become accustomed to doing with the poison marketed to us in TV ads. When using the Dentarome toothpastes or the Fresh Essence Mouthwash, swallow it so it can do its best work from the inside out by creating an unfriendly environment for candida and, as indicated in this week’s news articles, boost insulin function, lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. And consider all the sore throats that never were because the strep bacteria never had a chance to take hold. At the same time, consider all the sore throats that others have suffered because the TV-marketed poisons they use create perfect environments for the germs to thrive. Think Dentarome toothpaste is expensive? When you factor in a doctor visit or two, an antibiotic prescription, a couple missed-days of work, and multiply that by a few hundred million people, Colgate becomes a huge drag on the nation’s economy.

Improve your family’s health, IQ, and financial status--switch to Thieves products!

Caleb Eaton
YLEO Independent Distributor #110712
I AM NOT A DOCTOR and therefore have no interest in the maintenance of sickness. I DO have a passion for learning about health and wellness and, understanding that teaching a subject is the best way to learn it, am thankful that you’ve joined with me on this adventure.

The information shared herein is given by faith in a higher power over that of man.

Consult your health care professional about any serious disease or injury. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances such as essential oils for serious health conditions that require professional attention.


Cinnamon, Cloves May Spice Up Health
By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter
Apr 5, 2006

WEDNESDAY, April 5 (HealthDay News) -- Help against diabetes and heart disease may be as close as your kitchen cabinets.

Two new studies suggest that cinnamon and cloves boost insulin function while lowering cholesterol. The reports were presented Tuesday at the Experimental Biology meeting, in San Francisco.

One study reinforced previous research indicating that as little as a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon extract, taken two times a day, can stimulate insulin-like activity while lowering triglycerides, cholesterol and glucose levels by 10 percent to 30 percent.

And this new research found that the same amount of cinnamon may also alleviate inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

The second study revealed that a few grams of cloves per day delivers a similar therapeutic effect.

Either spice might help both pre-diabetic and diabetic patients alike, researchers contended.

"If you can improve insulin function the cholesterol goes down, triglycerides go down, glucose goes down, and all this goes towards the alleviation of type 2 diabetes," said Richard A. Anderson, a research chemist with the nutrient requirements and functions laboratory at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md.

In the lab, Anderson and his team studied the effect of consuming one to six grams of cinnamon extract a day. One gram is the equivalent of about a half a teaspoon.

They found that cinnamon increases levels of three important proteins crucial to promoting normal insulin-signaling processes, a healthy inflammatory response, and efficient glucose transportation throughout the body.

Human trials are now underway to further understand cinnamon's effect.

The clove study involved 36 men and women diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Three groups of patients consumed either one, two or three grams of cloves for 30 days in capsule form, while a fourth consumed none of the spice.

At the end of the study, regardless of the amount of cloves consumed, all those who ingested cloves showed a drop in glucose, triglycerides and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels. Blood levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol were not affected among the clove eaters. Those who did not ingest cloves experienced no changes.

"The people who would benefit the most are those who have impairments in their blood sugar," said Anderson. "These are the 40 million people with metabolic syndrome who are pre-diabetic, people with type 2 diabetes, and even the severely diabetic and the severely overweight -- although they may not benefit as much because the impairments in their insulin are much, much worse."

Anderson cautioned, however, that consumers should not simply start dousing their food with cloves and cinnamon. He noted, for example, that cinnamon in powder form is rendered ineffective by contact with saliva, and its lack of solubility in water can result in an unwanted build up of the spice in the body.

"But I certainly think there are things people can do," he added. "We recommend you add cinnamon to your coffee before you grind it, as this eliminates, in essence, the toxic components of cinnamon. Or you can use cinnamon sticks to make tea in hot water, which does the same thing. Or you can buy the cinnamon capsules in the store with the water-soluble extract in the equivalent of 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons twice a day.

Cathy Nonas, director of the obesity and diabetes program at North General Hospital in New York City, expressed reserved enthusiasm for the food studies.

She stressed that more large-scale studies need to be conducted to identify the best way to use the spices, as well as any long-term side effects.

"The findings are terrific," she noted, "but they don't take away from important food and lifestyle issues -- from the need to do all the difficult things like make correct food choices and exercise. So this alone is not the solution, and it's important for people to understand that. Unfortunately, we can't now just all go out and have cinnamon Danishes and cinnamon ice cream."


Similar article from New Scientist, Nov 23, 2003

Cinnamon spice produces healthier blood

Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in diabetics, a new study has found. The effect, which can be produced even by soaking a cinnamon stick your tea, could also benefit millions of non-diabetics who have blood sugar problem but are unaware of it.

The discovery was initially made by accident, by Richard Anderson at the US Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland.

"We were looking at the effects of common foods on blood sugar," he told New Scientist. One was the American favourite, apple pie, which is usually spiced with cinnamon. "We expected it to be bad. But it helped," he says.

Sugars and starches in food are broken down into glucose, which then circulates in the blood. The hormone insulin makes cells take in the glucose, to be used for energy or made into fat.

But people with Type 1 diabetes do not produce enough insulin. Those with Type 2 diabetes produce it, but have lost sensitivity to it. Even apparently healthy people, especially if they are overweight, sedentary or over 25, lose sensitivity to insulin. Having too much glucose in the blood can cause serious long-term damage to eyes, kidneys, nerves and other organs.

Molecular mimic

The active ingredient in cinnamon turned out to be a water-soluble polyphenol compound called MHCP. In test tube experiments, MHCP mimics insulin, activates its receptor, and works synergistically with insulin in cells.

To see if it would work in people, Alam Khan, who was a postdoctoral fellow in Anderson's lab, organised a study in Pakistan. Volunteers with Type 2 diabetes were given one, three or six grams of cinnamon powder a day, in capsules after meals.

All responded within weeks, with blood sugar levels that were on average 20 per cent lower than a control group. Some even achieved normal blood sugar levels. Tellingly, blood sugar started creeping up again after the diabetics stopped taking cinnamon.

The cinnamon has additional benefits. In the volunteers, it lowered blood levels of fats and "bad" cholesterol, which are also partly controlled by insulin. And in test tube experiments it neutralised free radicals, damaging chemicals which are elevated in diabetics.

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