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Cinnamon and fertility
Cinnamon is such a tasty spice, and it can even help your fertility. And this is a double-duty spice--it's good for the men, too. At last, an easy and inexpensive addition to your diet to help your fertility!
I love cinnamon, and I add it liberally to fruits, vegetables, and oatmeal. I was surprise to learn it helps with fertility, for both men and women. I had previously read that it is an appetite suppressant.
Let's dig into what cinnamon does to figure out why it helps fertility. Cinnamon evidently helps normalize triglycerides and blood sugar by decreasing inflammation. An interesting little study of women with PCOS given cinnamon extract for eight weeks showed that compared to a placebo-group, the women had reduced insulin resistance. That's great news for PCOS patients, since insulin resistance is a key problem. In fact, PCOS patients are often treated like diabetics since there are similarities.
There's no need to run out and buy a cinnamon pill, though. Just a half teaspoon a day of cinnamon spice can do the job. Make sure you buy quality spices, or even better, buy organic spices. Then they're free of contaminants and pesticide residues.
According to Chinese medicine, cinnamon improves pelvic blood flow and is warming. That makes sense because it reduces triglycerides and total cholesterol, which would aid in better blood flow.
Another benefit of using cinnamon in foods is that you can cut down on sugar. It's a strong, warm spice, and by adding it to vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes, and foods like oatmeal, you can reduce the sugar you add. Sugar is no friend to fertility, so reduce it as much as you can tolerate, and then reduce it even more. You'll get used to the taste over time.
For men, in Chinese medicine, cinnamon is used to increase sperm counts. Not much is needed here, either. Just a pinch in some food or plain is plenty. I'm not sure why it helps, but it certainly can't hurt.
This is an easy, safe and inexpensive fertility aid. Why not try it?
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