Control Carbohydrates with Cinnamon and Chromium

You are what you eat. Carbohydrates play large roles in most diets around the world. In countries where people are less active, these carbohydrates may lead to many averse health conditions, including obesity and diabetes. Carbohydrates are addictive. It’s very hard to eliminate use every day. Are there ways to control carbohydrates that are easy and effective?

Among the problems of today’s American diet are the necessity to focus on processed grain-based foods, such as breads, noodles, and pastas. These are rich in carbohydrates. Your body, through the pancreas, releases insulin to metabolize them. Most of these processed foods are full of simple sugars and starches that help boost energy quickly. Consequently, if you start sitting or doing relatively inactive work, the remaining carbs turn to fat. There are two mediators for this process and are available as supplements – Cinnamon and Chromium. These two haven been proven to be helpful to control carbohydrates in normal diets.

According to research, keeping blood sugar in check does everything from enhancing weight and fat loss and decreasing appetite to warding off several chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, etc. In contrast, foods that are rapidly digested and quickly released into the blood promote overeating, obesity, insulin resistance, and other metabolic disturbances contributing to disease. Nutritional Chromium is a carbohydrate stabilizer but many do not get enough from foods. Fortunately, most multiple vitamins may include Chromium as an essential mineral. The big surprise is that Cinnamon (sticks or powder), a spice found in most grocery supermarkets, is also effective with metabolizing carbohydrates.

A review of studies cite varied evidence that cinnamon may play a role with certain forms of sugar metabolic diseases, particularly diabetes.

Ironically, cinnamon offers about 8 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon serving. Somehow, though, it is an effective method to control carbohydrates.

Cinnamon is a common spice, often used in baking, cereal. coffee, and other foods as a flavoring. It has a semi-sweet taste. Taking a cinnamon supplement can help speed up the metabolism of carbohydrates and moderate your craving for more throughout the day. Cinnamon (according to nutrition belief) may be beneficial for stabilizing your blood sugar; also helpful with suppressing fatigue by giving you energy. Cinnamon increases the stabilizing effect of insulin while reducing insulin resistance. It does this by:

1) Activating the enzymes to stimulate insulin receptors.

2) Helps with blood sugar is by enhancing the effects of insulin-signaling pathways in your skeletal muscle tissue.

3) Cinnamon contains natural flavonoids antioxidants which enhance insulin sensitivity. This makes more of your blood glucose enter the cells where it belongs; helping your levels to stabilize which in turn stops inflammation and ends your carbohydrate cravings.

Use of Chromium also aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates. According to research, chromium studies cite evidence that it may even be beneficial in controlling type-2 diabetes that is becoming more common in the USA.

Key functions of chromium:
1) Helps insulin facilitate the entrance of glucose into your cells and is a requirement for energy.

2) May influence cholesterol levels by improving its metabolism.

3) Is crucial to blood sugar and cholesterol metabolism and has become popular in weight loss programs. You can use chromium to support glucose metabolism if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

As an alternative approach to dealing with hyperglycemia and e3levated cholesterol issues, chromium picolinate and GTF chromium may play supportive roles in treatment of certain diabetes cases. If you are diabetic, and you are concerned with chronic use of traditional medications, you are advised to consult with your doctor or a certified nutritionist before following a chromium regimen that may require higher doses. Supplemental chromium may definitively aid those who want to control carbohydrates on a routine basis.

There are several types of chromium supplements available, such as chromium chloride, chromium polynicotinate (GTF Chromium) and chromium picolinate. Chromium picolinate is remarkably stable and remains intact for several hours in synthetic gastric juice. The comparative data results of chromium picolinate versus other forms of chromium demonstrated that it is the most effective form to facilitate glucose control. It was also observed that chromium picolinate is better absorbed physiologically (2.5%) than chromium chloride (0.5-1%) and chromium acetate (0.8%); chromium oxide is not absorbed at all (0.001%). Effective doses seem to be in the range of 200 to 600 micrograms (0.2 to 0.6 mg) but, again, please consult your physician or certified nutritionist prior to beginning a routine supplement regimen.

Cinnamon, or rather one of the constituents of cinnamon, has been shown to be helpful at controlling the onset of Alzheimer Disease, a rising neuro-cognitive condition. Most of these cinnamon Alzheimer studies are in the animal phase.

Controlled doses of cinnamon has been shown to have some positive effect on menstrual cycles among some women suffering with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). So…in addition to cinnamon’s ways to control carbohydrates, it is seen as a possible wonder drug in other diseases and conditions. It’s possible that early alchemists used cinnamon medicinally.

Cinnamon has been used as a flavor enhancing spice for thousands of years. People sprinkle cinnamon in coffee, tea, and cereals. Cinnamon is found in cookies and cakes. The amounts of cinnamon used in recipes are generally small. No negative side effects were ever reported. Therapeutic doses of cinnamon are much higher. These higher doses of cinnamon in capsule form have not really been tested for effects by scientific scrutiny.

One of the flavonoids found in cinnamon is Coumarin. High doses of Coumarin have been shown to negatively effect the liver with chronic use. Many sources of cinnamon have low levels of Coumarin but one form, Cassia cinnamon, has higher levels. It’s important to find the source of the cinnamon when used for therapy.

Subsequently, a recent study in Finland has provided evidence that Coumarin has possible anti-inflammatory effects when used as an ingredient. Consequently, the anti-coagulant properties of Coumarin are used in blood-thinning drugs that can have serious side effects. Taking huge doses of Cassia cinnamon may be beneficial in some ways and dangerous in others. So when you want to control carbohydrates in your diet, it is very advisable to discuss capsule dosages with a certified nutritionist.

Among exercisers, Chromium is the essential element that helps promote endurance and is included in relatively high doses in performance supplements. Chromium is believed to control carbohydrates by aiding protein to build muscle mass, though there is little scientific support for Chromium as an ergogenic. At best, Chromium might help regulate the carbohydrate stream to muscles, allowing for a stream of continued energy through a workout.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, Chromium is a major and essential aspect to control carbohydrates in the metabolism of sugar. He also believes that Chromium may help raise HDL (good cholesterol) levels and improve heart health. He estimates that up to 50% of people in the United States may be deficient in Chromium and can account to higher development of diabetes and certain metabolic syndromes that people complain about. Chromium is found in small quantities in foods such as brewer’s yeast, calf liver, whole grains, processed meats and cheese. Supplementation is recommended.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “As many as 90% of American diets are low in chromium, but it’s rare to be truly deficient in chromium. The elderly, people who do a lot of strenuous exercise, those who eat a lot of sugary foods, and pregnant women are most likely to be deficient in chromium. Low chromium levels can increase blood sugar, triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood), cholesterol levels, and increase the risk for a number of conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.” As a possible side effect, overdosing on Chromium may There are some reports that chromium may make depression and anxiety or schizophrenia worse, although other reports suggest it helps depression. As with all supplements in the United States, further research is necessary.

Dietary intakes of chromium cannot be reliably determined because the content of the mineral in foods is substantially affected by agricultural and manufacturing processes. Based on supplement absorption through capsules, the general opinion is that 200 micrograms of Chromium per day is considered safe for most non-diabetic people.

WebMD indicates “that taking excessive chromium supplements can lead to stomach problems and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Too much chromium from supplements can also damage the liver, kidneys, and nerves, and it may cause irregular heart rhythm. But side effects from taking chromium supplements are rare.” Antacids inhibit Chromium absorption.

Cinnamon and Chromium help control carbohydrates. When used responsibly, they may provide many health promoting results. Keep in mind that high-dosing either of these in lieu of following a responsible, balanced diet will confound your dietary goals and ambitions. Research is expanding on Chromium and Cinnamon and their association with controlling and treating other diseases. Common and inexpensive, these two supplements may be perfect for the low-to-moderate carb addicts that comprise most people in the USA. Because cinnamon is a common food additive, adding and using it in healthy recipes may help curb that addiction.

Call it isogenics or isagenix

There are many self-improvement books and ideas. Socially, people realize that others are attracted by appearance. That is why diet systems prevail. Isagenix or Isogenics is another dietary method that works to cleanse and nourish your body. It works by eliminating impurities from the body, while, at the same time, supplying the body with the super nutrients it needs for optimum health. Isogenics and Isagenix are synonymous and based on the Isagenix brand.

Body cleansing programs are found in 48-hour, 7-day, 9-day, and 30-day programs. The idea is to shy away from processed foods and shift to whole foods that also supply natural fiber and enzymes to promote digestion. Under normal circumstances, weight loss can be seen. The key point here is normal and, before pursuing an isogenics or Isagenix diet, seek advice from your doctor.

People prone to constipation may be less sensitive to dietary fiber found in most foods or have a health condition. For those people who may not need to make a bowel movement for days, a laxative might be recommended. Within a few days, 2 to 5 pounds weight loss occurs. Unless, though, you nourish yourself wisely and drink plenty of water, you’ll experience exhaustion.

It is somewhat similar to the cleansing prior to a colonoscopy. Regular weight returns in a few days.

Some people suffer from bulimia, an affective and addictive disorder. Bulimics tend to exhibit depression and anxiety about body appearance. They regularly use products such as self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives, dieting, or fasting. These methods are not what cleansing is all about.

Including these foods in your diet aid in cleansing your system:
•Dark green, leafy lettuce (romaine, red leaf, green leaf)
•Red beets (one or two will last a week)
•Bell peppers
•Yukon gold or new potatoes
•Sweet potatoes or yams
•Acorn or butternut squash
•Oranges and grapefruit
•Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, goji berries, and other berries

Avoiding these foods are supportive:

•Sugar and other sweeteners

Some people with thyroid conditions such as hupothyroidism or those using blood thinners may be advised to avoid:
Brussels Sprouts
Mustard Greens
Soy-Based Foods

that may irritate their conditions.

Isagenix is a discipline, as with any approach to dietary goals. It requires motivation and endurance, plus recommended exercise in routine moderation.
Isagenix works best for people who are about 10% to 30% overweight. Do not expect overnight miracles and do not practice going off and on the diet. It works, used as directed, if repeated routinely and with proper food intake. Isagenix is a supplement, not FDA approved, designed to help you along your desired path.

I studies a group of extremely overweight people in one of my internships of addictive disorders. These were candidates for and patients that had bariatric surgery to decrease stomach capacity and curb eating habits. Ironically, few of the two hundred people followed had actually lost and continued loss to more normal weight. Bariatric surgery is a tool. It isn’t a cure.

Isagenix is a tool. Isagenix isn’t meant to be a cure. Isagenix is a cleansing process and it may send you the bathroom more often. It is milder than laxatives and works over a longer time frame to eliminate toxins.

Isagenix is a supplement that aids cleansing. Your body is designed to constantly gather up and remove toxins from your cells. Most of the toxins that are stirred up from your cells are broken down in your liver, and then eliminated from your body via your kidneys, colon, skin, lungs, and mucus linings in your nose and ears. While some toxins may be necessary to cell maintenance, Isagenix needs to be used in either 9-day or 30-day frames to help you reach and stabilize goals.

Used as a weight loss tool, the Isagenix products may be fine as part of a routine. As a cure for chronic pains and conditions you may need to consult your physician. Many chronic health challenges take years to develop, so it’s unrealistic to expect such challenges to fully heal within months, even if you fully support your cleansing mechanisms. Isagenix must be used wisely and, if you take medications, your doctor should be advised of your Isagenix routine.

People come in all shapes and sizes. Genetic predisposition may be a prime factor. Isagenix doesn’t claim to rid cellulite or hip sizes. Isagenix may help you follow an enduring path with weight loss maintenance. Isagenix is only a tool to help modify tour lifestyle. The results are, ultimately, up to you.

Isagenix has a program, similar to Avon, to help you spread the word. For me, this reeks of scam. Yet, if you believe that Isagenix is that good for you, then spread the word and make money. This part, however, I’m sort of uncomfortable with. I guess this is why Isagenix or Isogenics came up in many conversations.

Detox has been discussed by many health practitioners and there are many products to help you detox. Is Isagenix the best product? I don’t know. The idea is once you choose to begin a detox cleanse program you should check with your doctor. If it’s okay, start and set it as a routine lifestyle.