Turmeric and cinnamon, two wonderful spices, help normalise insulin and triglycerides levels after a meal. This means they can contribute to preventing diabetes type 2, caused by high blood sugar, and heart disease, caused by high levels of cholesterol.
High levels of glucose and high levels of insulin play a role in developing diabetes type 2. Diabetes is infamous for its late consequences – it is one of the leading causes of kidney failure and blindness in the world. By helping regulate blood sugar fluctuations after a meal, cinnamon can help prevent diabetes. Choose foods that are low on sugar, and try to eat them combined with cinnamon if you are worried about your blood sugar levels. Additionally, regular exercise has been shown to be an effective factor in normalising blood sugar levels.
Triglycerides, cholesterol and high blood pressure play an essential role in developing heart disease, because they are the enemies of healthy blood vessels and healthy heart function. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in USA. The high amount of salt in the Western diet is largely responsible for a high prevalence of high blood pressure, but there is still something you can (other than cutting down on salt) to further improve the health of your blood vessels. Turmeric is spice that has been shown to normalise triglyceride levels in blood, thereby helping you regulate one of the factors contributing to heart disease. Turmeric is a yellow spice that will also add a nice yellow/organge colour to your dishes. Turmeric does not have a strong flavour, which makes it easy to use in many savoury dishes! You can use fresh turmeric root instead of the dry spice for more natural turmeric benefits.