Do you use cinnamon in your diet? It may be worthwhile. Cinnamon is the perfect spice and can provide health benefits. Recent research indicates that cinnamon can have favorable effects on brain function. Participants in a recent study either chewed cinnamon gum or smelled the sweet spice. Cognitive tests revealed that subjects who used cinnamon had better memory functions and could process information more quickly. Encouraged by these findings, scientists will now conduct studies to see if cinnamon will improve mental skills in the elderly and those prone to anxiety before testing. Some research has shown that at doses as low as ¼ teaspoon per day, cinnamon has been shown to lower the blood sugar and help with glucose metabolism. It has also been known to curb cravings and reduce appetite. Try a little in your coffee, tea, on toast, in applesauce, etc. Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist