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Cinnamon Benefits for Healthy Blood Sugar, Microbial Balance and the Immune System. Cinnamon. The word alone can drum up the unmistakable pleasing aroma of this spice.
Hailing from a tropical, evergreen tree that can grow up to 45 feet high, cinnamon has a highly fragrant bark as well as leaves and flowers. And while it’s a warming scent and seasoning, cinnamon is also known to offer support in a variety of ways, including supporting already-healthy blood sugar levels, immune system health, brain health, healthy digestion, heart health and more.
Likewise, cinnamon and its constituent cinnamaldehyde can offer cardiovascular support, healthy microbial balance, immune health support and overall healthy metabolic function.
But there’s even more goodness in Fermented Cinnamon!
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Cinnamon also contains ashwagandha in the form of Organic Ashwagandha Extract (Root and Leaf). Often hailed for its stress-relieving effects, Ashwagandha truly has a long list of benefits. But ashwagandha is also a healthy blood sugar supporter. In fact, while more studies need to be done, a number of studies indicate ashwagandha’s blood sugar-balancing effects. Ashwagandha is also a powerful immune supporter and microbial balancer.
In addition to the healthy blood sugar benefits, plus immune-supporting and microbial-balancing benefits of ashwagandha, it can:
Combined with the bioavailability-boosting, nutrient-absorbing, digestion-supporting, and healthy circulation, metabolism and energy benefits of the Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend PLUS the digestion- and liver-supporting and bioavailability-boosting benefits of the Organic Fermented Botanical Blend AND the power of clinically studied Ashwagandha, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Cinnamon is a top pick for promoting healthy blood sugar (already in the normal range) and microbial balance.
Here’s the deal: Healthy blood sugar levels are tied to a healthy body and mind, while unhealthy blood sugar levels can lead to problems.
That’s why there’s Ancient Apothecary Fermented Cinnamon—to keep blood sugar levels healthy, to support microbial balance, while also supporting immune system health.
We hear a lot about blood sugar, and its role in the body reaches systemically, which is why it’s important to have healthy levels of blood sugar in the normal range. High levels can be a problem, as can low levels.
The term blood sugar, or blood glucose level, is the amount of glucose present in the blood of humans (or animals)—and is a tightly regulated biochemical parameter in the blood that is essential for metabolic homeostasis, or equilibrium at the body’s metabolic level. That’s a big deal, too, since our metabolic health determines how well food/fuel is converted to energy for proper cellular processes, how it’s used as building blocks for proteins, lipids, nucleic acids and more, and how well the body can eliminate nitrogenous wastes.
Likewise, the brain depends on glucose as its primary energy producer, and glucose is absorbed from the intestines and reaches the liver and body cells through the bloodstream to provide the primary source of energy for the body’s cells. Generally, glucose levels rise after meals for an hour or two by a few grams, and are typically lowest in the morning prior to the first meal of the day.
If the body fails to maintain normal blood sugar levels, problems can arise. Sustained high blood sugar levels can damage organs such as the kidneys, retina and arteries, while sustained low blood sugar levels can cause weakness, drowsiness, irritability, or even loss of consciousness or brain damage. In short, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels that are already in the normal range is important for optimal physical and mental health.
What Sets Ancient Apothecary Herbals Apart? Live Fermentation, Essential Oils Infusion, Organic Herbs & Spices, and a delivery system of Warming Botanicals and Digestive Bitters.
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs are powered by fermentation—our own proprietary, patent-pending, dual-stage, live fermentation process.
What is fermentation and why is it important?
Fermentation is an ancient process used to break down food into more absorbable components. During the fermentation process, microorganisms use aerobic and anaerobic metabolism to convert food compounds into powerful metabolites.
Here are some key benefits of fermentation:
Each Ancient Apothecary Herbal formula is infused with Organic Essential Oils and CO2 extracts to provide lipo-soluble phytonutrients with powerful antioxidant properties.
The Power of Essential Oils: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way for Health
Essential oils are often referred to as the “life blood and immune system” of plants and trees. They are the concentrated oils of herbs, plants and trees—approximately 50 times more potent than the plants they come from!
For example, it takes approximately 3,000 lemons to make one kilo of lemon essential oil, while one 15mL bottom of lemon essential oil takes about 75 lemons! To go deeper, there are nearly 300 drops in a 15mL bottle, so 1 drop of lemon essential oil is made by using ¼ of a whole lemon!
Likewise, 150 pounds of lavender is necessary for just one pound of pure lavender essential oil, while one 15mL bottle of lavender oil requires 27 square feet of lavender plants. With approximately 300 drops of lavender oil in a 15mL bottle, one drop equals nearly .09 square feet of lavender plants.
The bottom line: here’s a whole lot of beneficial plant life in essential oils. These precious oils can be distilled or extracted using CO2 and bottled, and when steam distilled, essential oils keep the “frequency” that they had when they resided in the plant. Additionally, essential oils provide lipo-soluble fractions of plants. Since plants contain both water- and fat- soluble active compounds, we believe it important to consume a full spectrum of beneficial compounds. Fats and oils are required for the effective delivery of key antioxidant compounds.
Therefore, essential oils infused into herbal formulas can serve as a delivery system for these powerful botanicals.
Here’s the takeaway: Essential oils are some of Nature’s wonders, in that they serve to bring the body back into balance, thereby supporting overall health. In fact, they are extremely potent and can provide support for every bodily system.
That’s why you’ll find essential oils in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs.
The Importance of Organic Herbs
It’s no secret that in conventionally grown foods and herbs, farmers use a variety of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides synthetic fertilizers and many other "processing agents' which often remain in and on the food or herbs. Even washing these foods or herbs can’t get many of these off the produce.
Why? Because nearly 20 percent of the 17,000 (or more) pesticides in use today are known as systemic pesticides—those which reside inside the plant via its root system and have permeated the plant. That’s means they’re everywhere within the plants themselves and can’t be washed off.
Many studies and reports point to the adverse health effects of these chemicals in and on our food, which is why many choose to go organic. That reason alone is enough to make going organic is all the rage these days.
But another important benefit of organic food and herbs is that, because they’re grown organically, these plants are able to produce their own natural defenses against pests. As a result, these plants are more resilient and defense-supporting by nature (literally) and have some of the very compounds and natural defenses that we can and often should include in our diet. For example, the resilient antioxidants and beneficial compounds found in plants are beneficial and even necessary for our bodies so that we can keep our own defenses strong.
That’s why you’ll find these health-supporting organic herbs in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs.
PLUS, each Ancient Apothecary Herbal formula contains an Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend of black pepper, ginger, long pepper and sprouted cumin to support healthy digestion, bioavailability of nutrients, healthy circulation, metabolism and overall energy.
In Ayurveda, black pepper, long pepper and ginger are used for supporting healthy digestion, circulation, nutrient assimilation and metabolism. It is tied to the Sanskrit word trikatu, meaning three spices or three peppers. Trikatu is an Ayurvedic blend of the fruits of black pepper, long pepper and the rhizomes of ginger.
Each Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbal formula also contains an Organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend of milk thistle, dandelion and peppermint to support healthy digestion and liver function as well as bioavailability of nutrients.
Bitter botanicals or "bitters" are regarded for their ability to support healthy liver function, while also supporting healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. Additionally, bitters can help support nervous system health and a healthy immune system as well as promoting healthy energy levels.
By combining the benefits of organic fermented botanicals, whole organic herbs and spices, hot water herbal extracts and lipo-soluble fractions, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbal formulas provide a full-spectrum infusion of the best that Nature has to offer!