The benefits of cinnamon are far reaching

Jolie Root

Blood Sugar Support

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The story of cinnamon as a nutritional supplement is an interesting one. I am always intrigued by the back story of how a supplement comes to be understood and recommended for its health benefits. How is it that we know that cinnamon supports healthy glucose metabolism? How does it work? How well does it work? How much should one take? Are there different forms and quality of cinnamon supplements? These are the topics I will discuss with Jolie Root.

This story began in the late 80’s and early 90’s when researchers at USDA were looking at foods that might affect blood sugar metabolism. Here are a few abstracts from some of the studies that set the stage for ongoing research.

Insulin potentiating factor and chromium content of selected foods and spices.
1990 AbstractBiol Trace Elem Res. 1990 Mar;24(3):183-8.
“An unidentified factor that potentiates the action of insulin in glucose metabolism was investigated in selected foods and spices. Chromium content of these foods and spices was also determined. Among the selected foods, tuna fish, peanut butter, and vanilla ice cream had some insulin potentiating activity. Among the spices, apple pie spice, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, and turmeric potentiated insulin activity more than three-fold. Insulin potentiating activity of foods and spices did not correlate with total chromium. Spices are generally used for flavor and taste in food preparations, but cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, and turmeric may have an additional role in glucose metabolism.”

Insulin-like biological activity of culinary and medicinal plant aqueous extracts in vitro.
2000 Abstract: J Agric Food Chem. 2000 Mar;48(3):849-52.
“To evaluate the possible effects on insulin function, 49 herb, spice, and medicinal plant extracts were tested in the insulin-dependent utilization of glucose using a rat epididymal adipocyte assay. Cinnamon was the most bioactive product followed by witch hazel, green and black teas, allspice, bay leaves, nutmeg, cloves, mushrooms, and brewer’s yeast. Some products such as Korean ginseng, flaxseed meal, and basil have been reported to be effective antidiabetic agents; however, they were only marginally active in our assay. Our technique measures direct stimulation of cellular glucose metabolism, so it may be that the active phytochemicals in these plants improve glucose metabolism via other mechanisms or that this in vitro screening is not a reliable predictor of hypoglycemic effects in vivo for some products. In summary, the positive effects of specific plant extracts on insulin activity suggest a possible role of these plants in improving glucose and insulin metabolism.”

Cinnamon use in type 2 diabetes: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis.
2013 AbstractAnn Fam Med. 2013 Sep-Oct;11(5):452-9. doi: 10.1370/afm.1517.
“PURPOSE: We conducted an updated systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs evaluating cinnamon’s effect on glycemia and lipid levels.
CONCLUSIONS: The consumption of cinnamon is associated with a statistically significant decrease in levels of fasting plasma glucose, total cholesterol, LDL-C, and triglyceride levels, and an increase in HDL-C levels.”

PubMedYou can find these scientific references at PubMed. There are over 1800 reference study abstracts with the search term “cinnamon”.

CinnamonRemember that cinnamon is a food spice. What we are learning through the science is that nutrient molecules, such as the compounds in cinnamon, are nutrients that the body can utilize. Cinnamon is not a drug. It is a food that delivers certain nutrient compounds to the body. The magic is that your body can normalize when given the right set of circumstances. That is the goal of nutrition. Nourish to body to help heal itself. Your challenge is to learn about these nutrients and determine which ones make sense for you to try.

Remember also that there are different types of cinnamon so look for products from reputable companies. This is your best assurance that you will purchase a high quality product. Better choices lead to better outcomes. Commit to giving products a good consistent trial, and then evaluate your results. Blood sugar issues need to be addressed also by diet and lifestyle changes. Supplements will not make up for what you are unwilling to do for yourself. Don’t be afraid to experiment. The best products are the ones that work best for you. Patient, consistent application of health principles and consumption of healthy foods and use of high quality supplements are what’s required for healthy blood sugar levels.

About Jolie Root
Jolie is the Senior Nutritionist/Educator at Carlson Laboratories. She began as a natural products retailer who evolved into a career in education in the health sciences. She is a nutritionist and a nurse. She understands both the science and the practical application of good nutrition for health. Jolie hosts a weekly radio show called Food for Thought which is heard in New York, Florida and online.




Your good bacteria needs the proper environment to thrive.


Digestive Support

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This is an interesting interview for several reasons. First and foremost it is about how to improve the environment of our gut. We have had many interviews about the importance of probiotics. This interview is about changing and maintaining the proper pH of the colon which is the best for our microbiome. No matter which probiotic you use, or even if you don’t take a probiotic supplement, you can benefit from nurturing your microbiome’s environment.

Secondly it is a story of Alfred Vogel. Vogel was a Swiss Naturopath and he is one of the pioneers of the health food movement. Vogel managed a health food store in Basel, Switzerland from 1923 to 1932. He published his first health magazine in 1929 and his current magazine has published monthly since 1943. In 1952 he wrote the book The Nature Doctor, which is still in print with over 2 million books sold. He established BioForce in 1963 which is today a world leading herbal remedy and health food company headquartered in Switzerland. You can see why I consider him a pioneer. We are still today using his products around the world.

Thirdly, it is interesting to me because it goes back to the early days of the health movement. The move towards better health has roots that go back well over 100 years. These pioneers understood that healthy is as healthy does. They taught that better health could be had through better food, natural treatments and remedies  and healthy lifestyles. Alfred Vogel was one of those pioneers that set the stage for what we have today. The concepts of those early pioneers are still valid today.

In this interview I will be speaking with Josée Fortin, who is a naturopath from Canada. We will explore one of A Vogels products Molkosan. Molkosan is a prebiotic made from a concentrated whey rich in L+ Lactic Acid. Molkosan is one of Alfred Vogel’s original remedies. Made from whey obtained from organic milk, Molkosan is rich in a substance known as L+ lactic acid which is now known to support the growth of good gut bacteria. In this way, it acts as a prebiotic. It does this by creating the proper and desirable colon pH. Proper pH = happy bacteria which will flourish better. This is different from prebiotic fibers which serve as food for the bacteria. This is more about the environment of the gut. It is also important to note that bad bacteria do not like L+ lactic acid.

molkosanMolkosan is made from fresh organic whey using a special fermentation process involving lactic acid producing bacteria. It is rich in L+ lactic acid – a substance which improves the environment for friendly gut bacteria. Whey has a long history of use in healthcare and was known as far back as the time of Hippocrates (400 B.C.). In the 18th Century, whey enjoyed a renaissance, securing an enviable reputation and became popular with visitors to health resorts such as those in Gais, Switzerland, which was frequented by European royalty.

In the past, the trend has been to use probiotics for digestion problems. However, the difficulty is that if the internal environment hasn’t changed, probiotics will be killed off just as the original friendly bacteria were. Using prebiotics such as Molkosan to improve the internal environment of the gut increases the likelihood that a probiotic supplement will work well.

If you have gut issues, this is one product that can make a difference in one month, sometimes less. It works whether you take a probiotic or not. You have the opportunity to discover an answer to your distress in a short time. Try it and discover for yourself.

About Josée Fortin
Josée Fortin is a Naturopath and Biochemist with a degree in Biochemistry from University of Ottawa and is a member of the Association des Naturopathes Agréés du Québec (ANAQ). She has over 21 years of experience in the field of naturopathy and gives talks on a range of holistic health topics in natural product stores.

alfred_vogelAbout Alfred Vogel
Alfred Vogel understood how nature worked and how it heals the body, naturally.

To find the true quality of life live in harmony with nature and be aware of nature’s powers.

Health is based on the harmonious combination of a well-balanced lifestyle, spiritual contentment, healthy nutrition and natural remedies. A zest for life and adequate exercise also form part of daily healthcare, which, with good reason, is regarded as our most important possession.
Dr. A.Vogel believed that plant medicines should be backed by scientific studies. Today, five percent of A.Vogel’s worldwide sales go to research and development, which includes using clinical studies to confirm product safety and effectiveness across the full A.Vogel line.

About BioForce
bioforceBioforce USA is a Sales and Marketing company dedicated to supporting brand development for European companies in the US natural products industry. Our flagship brand, A.Vogel from Bioforce AG, located in Switzerland, is the namesake of our company and the first of 6 brands we represent exclusively in the US. Their other brands include Annemarie Borlind, Herbatint, and Sanhelios.avogel


217 – Aged Garlic Extract for Cardiac Health – My Interview with James LaValle

Cardiac health is a huge concern. How does one maintain and improve cardiac health? There are many products available to support cardiac health. How does one choose? Look for products that can confirm the benefits through science. Its why I get excited about AGE. Its why I want you to know more about this amazing product.
What is Aged Garlic Extract?
GarlicMost people think garlic is garlic. Not so. AGE is the only truly odorless garlic supplement. The garlic used is grown organically and cultivated to enhance it’s beneficial constituents and for quality standards. The garlic is cleaned and sliced and then aged in stainless steel tanks for up to 20 months. In this process the garlic is changed. The harsh compounds become mild and odorless and are converted to the beneficial natural compounds that are responsible for AGE’s unique properties. AGE and it’s various constituents have been the subject of over 750 scientific publications around the world including Japan, the U.S., South America and Europe since its development in 1955.

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216 – Fast Acting Natural Boost for Your Immune Function – My Interview with Lester Burks

In our interview I will discuss ACF Fast Relief with Lester Burks, Chief Managing Office of Life Line Foods. Life Line Foods is the manufacturer of the Buried Treasure line of liquid supplements. They have about 35 products and we are going to discuss one specialized formula – ACF Fast Relief. ACF Fast Relief is a liquid formula of vitamins, minerals, herbs and silver. It is a product that has been a mainstay in health food stores for decades. It is a liquid that you take four times a day beginning at the first sign of an attack.

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215 – Probiotic Support for Irritable Bowel Syndrome – My Interview with Dr. Anurag Pande

In this interview Dr. Pande will discuss some of the issues with probiotics in general. If you are an informed consumer then you know that there are many products that are low quality and low effectiveness that exist in the marketplace. We have discussed these issues in previous podcasts. The solution is to understand the distinctions and seek out high quality products with clinical science to validate their claims.

In this case we are discussing the clinical evidence for IBS and Lactospore. Lactospore is also a unique probiotic in the manner in which it protects itself and that it is heat stable. It can even be used in baked goods and still remain viable. That’s a first for me. Heat is usually destructive to probiotics. So this is an interesting exploration of a novel probiotic. Dr. Pande explains this very well.

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214 – Is Inflammation Caused by a Repair Deficit? – My Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe

Inflammation is not a disease. It is a result of the body’s attempt to heal. When we use targeted nutrition, we are giving the body the specific nutrients to facilitate repair. Dr. Jaffe’s research has led to our understanding of the role of specific antioxidants for inflammation repair.

“Inflammation is like a smoldering fire that eventually eats through the fiber of our being. Because it affects the connective tissue infrastructure upon which our bodies are built, repair deficits can occur in any part of the body that is stressed, lacking in nutrients, or more exposed to toxins. This makes inflammation an underlying co-morbidity for many ills.

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213 – Omega-3 DHA for Mother’s, Infants and Children – My Interview with Jolie Root

Recent studies have shown that DHA is critical for infant brain development. Supplementation with maternal DHA has shown in some studies to improve infant development such as attention span, motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Recommendations for DHA supplementation ranges from 100 to 300 mg. additionally daily. There are numerous supplements available for both mothers and infants.

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212 – Discover Poria Mushroom for Kidney and Immune Health – My Interview with Mark Kaylor

In this interview, I will discuss the benefits of Poria Cocos with Mark Kaylor. Poria cocos has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It was used to reinforce and balance the effects of other herbs in medicinal formulas, and has been considered a tonic, diuretic, and sedative. Mark is a passionate advocate for the value of natural mushrooms. We have previously discussed Maitake and Lion’s Mane mushrooms with Mark and you can listen to those interviews as well here on

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211 – How to Read a Probiotic Label – My Interview with Natasha Trenev

In this interview Natasha will introduce us to the industry adopted probiotic standards. As you examine this issue you will gain the knowledge about how to judge and choose a probiotic. Natasha will explain how and why these standards are important and how consumers can make judgments based on those standards. If consumers don’t know what to look for then it is nearly impossible to make an informed choice. This is a challenge for all consumers of nutritional products. We have discussed this several times here at Until the FDA has corralled the cheaters, consumers must become wary and educated. Good companies with great products are out there. You need to learn the difference. Good companies want to earn your trust because they do everything possible to created safe and effective products. Bad companies, or even careless companies don’t care about quality, effectiveness or even safety.

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210 – Vitamin K-2 is Critical for Heart and Bone Health – My Interview with Dr. Ralph Holsworth

Osteoporosis is a disease in which weakening of the bones causes increased risk of fracture. Poor diet, aging, low body weight, low levels of sex hormones (menopause), smoking, and some medications can increase the risk for osteoporosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Osteoporosis affects over 5.3 million men and women over the age of 50 in the United States. Due to the disease’s prevalence, there has been extensive research. As a result, there have been many studies showing Vitamin K2 as an effective means to help patients re-strengthen their bones.

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