OK. Yes, I named this post after the cinnamon challenge. If you are aware of the YouTube viral videos of people eating cinnamon then you know that I am kidding around a bit. If you haven’t seen the video and want to laugh at some (let’s call them adventurous) people then here’s a quick video of people taking the cinnamon challenge on YouTube. I absolutely don’t recommend doing it but it will probably make you laugh…unless you get grossed out easily. 🙂 It seems that there is a connection between diabetes, high blood pressure and carcinoid tumors. So, this is my effort to take the cinnamon challenge as part of my Detox Part 3.
The Cinnamon Challenge As Part Of My Detox Part 3
OK, back to business. Here’s what’s going on. Part 3 of my detox is eliminating as many toxins (including pharmaceuticals) as possible. I just saw a video about the benefits of cinnamon on your blood sugar levels and I have decided to incorporate it into my diet. I know that for many people with Neuroendocrine Tumors blood sugar and blood pressure can be affected. For me, it seems that there is some sort of connection. Also, I have been reading about a number of clinical trials and it seems that there are quite a number of them that do not accept you if you have diabetes. So, I’ve decided work on these prolems as much as possible in addition to fighting my cancer.
Rather than take tons of meds for the rest of my life I have decided to try “The Cinnamon Challenge”. This video is much more informative and a lot less silly.
Well, it seems that everything has it’s drawbacks. It looks like too much of this cinnamon is toxic to the liver which for me is a big thing since my liver has tumors in it. The good news is that recent studies have shown that 1 tbsp. of cinnamon helps control blood sugars. What’s even more interesting is that there are other natural remedies as well. Check this out.
Recent studies have revealed that many foods have blood sugar-stabilizing effects. Here are seven of them:
Cinnamon – We all recognize this happy, holiday spice, but did you know that cinnamon can regulate blood sugar in people with diabetes? A study published by the American Diabetes Association’s journal, Diabetes Care (3), showed that, after 40 days of use, cinnamon lowered blood sugar levels in the test participants by as much as 26 percent.
Fenugreek seeds – Fenugreek is a tangy spice that some people say tastes a bit like licorice. Toasted and added to salads or cereal, or taken in powdered form, fenugreek can lower blood glucose levels. Fenugreek is also a blood thinner, so care should be taken if you also use blood-thinning medications like warfarin or aspirin.
Ginseng – American ginseng, as reported in the eCAM-published study “Ginseng on Hyperglycemia: Effects and Mechanisms,” (4) can lower both fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. How ginseng works is not completely clear, but early studies suggest that the herb increases insulin production and slows the death of pancreatic beta-cells. The ginseng root can be taken as a supplement, or it can be added to the diet as tea. Also a blood thinner, ginseng should be taken with care by people on blood-thinning medications or those with autoimmune disease.
Broccoli – Chromium has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar, and with a single serving of broccoli packing, according to the World’s Healthiest Foods (5), 53 percent of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) of chromium, it’s one of the best natural sources. Broccoli is also high in fiber, which makes it a win-win for people trying to reverse diabetes.
Oatmeal – Fiber is high on the list of natural blood-glucose stabilizing substances, and whole oats pack 16 grams of fiber into a single cup. Oats are also high in magnesium. A dry quarter of a cup has over 17 percent of the DRI.
Peanuts – Peanuts and peanut butter have been proven to lower blood sugar levels. Stabilizing your blood sugar protects the pancreas from being overworked and also staves off hunger. Other nuts have the same effect, but peanuts are easy to add to your diet. Toss some over your cereal in the morning or have a PB&J on whole wheat for lunch.
So for now, I’m using cinnamon in my cottage cheese, my oatmeal, my breakfast risotto etc. As far as the liver toxicity goes I am drinking broccoli juice coupled with broccoli sprouts which is a known liver cleanser and cancer fighter. Read More
If you would like to read the other posts about my detox you can read:
- Detox – The Forest From the Trees – which is about trying to understand hype from fact when it comes to naturally detoxing your body.
- Natural Cancer Cures Here’s My Worry – this post is about what I consider a deceptive trend among a number of bloggers who claim to have “beat cancer” with natural methods when in reality, after you research their story, they used traditional methods like chemo or surgery WITH natural methods to “beat” cancer. My problem is that they never present it this way but instead act like they beat cancer with ONLY natural methods. I think this is unfair and dangerous to people who trust them.
- My Detox Part Two, Get The Fat Out – it turns out that certain types of fat are actually considered part of the endocrine system and can increase your chances of cancer. This article is about my effort to lose weight as part of my cancer battle.
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