Cinnamon And Weight Loss – 8 Cinnamon Health Benefits


Cinnamon And Weight Loss - 7 Cinnamon Health Benefits

Adding some spice into your life may be just what the doctor ordered, and cinnamon and weight loss go hand in hand. This delicious, aromatic bark from the genus cinnamomom tree has a key weight loss feature in its ability to stop those unruly SUGAR cravings, and will also help keep blood sugar stable. Both of which are key elements to fighting fat – and more specifically, dangerous belly fat.


Different Types of Cinnamon:

Before we start it is essential for you to understand some little known facts about cinnamon. There are actually 2 different types, Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon, and although they both taste similar, they are very different in terms of health benefits.


ceylon cinnamon is the best
Ceylon Cinnamon

For Health Reasons, It is VERY IMPORTANT You Know the below Information About Cinnamon Before You Buy it!!!

Ceylon cinnamon is the more expensive kind but has more superior health benefits, it also has a flaky bark (see pic). But most people who buy pre-ground cinnamon from the supermarket will more than likely be consuming the cassia type. Cassia often comes from China, is 10 times cheaper than ceylon, and is actually BAD for you if you eat it regularly – I will explain why in a bit.

Most cinnamon labels do not disclose which type of cinnamon they use as it all comes under the umbrella term of cinnamon, but pretty much ALL pre-ground super market cinnamon will be this cheaper variety.


Side Effects of Cassia Cinnamon:

cassia cinnamon is fake
Cassia Cinnamon

The problem with cassia cinnamon is this: although it does share some of the health properties of Ceylon, it is 1200 times higher in a substance called caumarin. This compound is dangerous when ingested regularly (especially if you are going to start using cinnamon every day) as it can cause serious health problems, including liver and kidney damage.

Luckily, most people don’t use cinnamon in high enough amounts for this to be an issue, and it is often just used as an occasional spice in bakery. But if you are going to be using it regularly you should buy the flaky variety of cinnamon bark, NOT the hard curls (see pic), and grind it yourself. This really is the only way to know that you’re getting the real deal.



1. WEIGHT LOSSCinnamon burns fat

Cinnamon can help with weight loss – and I’m talking belly fat loss specifically. This is because of the effect it has on blood glucose. When we a eat carbohydrates of any kind, which includes all things sweet, flours, grains, starchy vegetables, pulses and fruit, insulin is naturally released from the pancreas to mop those sugars up pushing them into cells to either be used for energy OR stored as fat.


Sugar Addiction:

As most of us are ‘hooked‘ on sugar and high GI carbohydrates, we are often on a sugar train of eating high GI foods, having an insulin response, and then (if those sugars are not used for energy ,which mostly they’re not) having those sugars stored as FAT.

Cinnamon can decrease the amount of glucose entering the blood after a meal by interfering with digestive enzymes, which in turn slows the breaking down of carbohydrates in the digestive system and therefore lowering a meals GI… cool huh? 


Low GI Eating:low GI eating helps you burn fat

Cinnamon is a great addition to a weight loss program, however, you should also be eating a low GI diet for not only better blood sugar control, but also because this type of diet not only contains lots of high antioxidant, anti aging super foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and pulses, but also lots of fiber to keep the digestive tract in tip top condition.

For more easy to understand ‘how to’ information on how to make these changes and start clearing the junk out of your life (and more importantly your precious body) please check out these further posts.

’10 East Steps To Clean Eating’

‘Low GI Foods List’

‘Foods To Burn Fat Fast’


A Slower Release of Sugars Means Less Hunger Pangs:

Now to the crux of the matter – the slower those sugars are released into the bloodstream, then slower and more sustained release of energy you will get. This will not only stop you craving more sugar or carby foods again so quickly, but will also make you feel fuller for longer. And that’s the point – stable blood sugar stops the  cravings that make you gain weight!



Insulin is a hormone that is released by the pancreas to clear and transport sugars (carbohydrates) from the blood and into cells. The problem now is many people are becoming insulin resistant due to this hormones overuse in high sugar diets.

Insulin resistance is one of the main hallmarks of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Cinnamon is so powerful that it can actually reduces insulin resistance dramatically: it does this by helping insulin to function properly to lower blood sugar levels.


3. ANTI DIABETESCinnamon is Anti Diabetic and lowers a meals GI

As well as its powerful effects on insulin cinnamon also lowers blood sugar in other ways:-

  • Decreasing the amount of glucose to hit the bloodstream after you have eaten a meal.
  • The insulin mimmicing compound that cinnamon contains helps to vastly improve the uptake of glucose into cells, a good thing because insulin is a vital part of keeping blood sugar stable.

Numerous studies have been conducted that now confirm cinnamon most certainly has anti diabetic properties, and at doeses of 0.5-2 teaspoons a day can lower blood sugar levels by 10-29%.



All of the above benefits lead into the amazing benefit of anti aging too. A low GI diet and better blood sugar control will keep you looking young, and that’s an absolute FACT! All these sugar highs and lows actually accelerate the aging process, not just on the outside, but on the inside too.

A low GI diet and blood sugar control will keep chronic inflammation to a minimum, which in turn will lower your chances of many diseases and illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, alzheimer’s and some cancer’s. Given the fact that cinnamon in itself is a powerful anti inflammatory, adding it to a low GI diet will only enhance this effect.


5.  ANTIOXIDANTSantioxidants slow down the aging process

Cinnamon is higher in antioxidants than any other herb or spice. Antioxidants are an absolutely essential part of our diet because  they mop up the free radical damage caused in our bodies by toxins.  These toxins come from many sources, such as food, environment, sun exposure, alcohol or nicotine. In fact we are being bombarded from ALL angles by toxins every day, and many of which we have no control over such as traffic pollution and aeroplane fuel.

Free radicals are basically unpaired electrons that steal electrons from our own cells, thus causing damage to our DNA. This damage then causes aging and disease, but eating high levels of antioxidant rich foods will help negate this damage and slow down the aging process.



Now the biggest killer of our time, heart disease is something we all simply must take preventative measures towards, and this is where cinnamon could be a great supplement. A recent study concluded that a dose of just 120 milligrams a day can reduce bad LDL cholesterol and trigylcerides, and increase good HDL cholesterol.


7. ANTI CANCERcinnamon can help destroy cancer cells

Cinnamon’s effect on cancer cells and tumor growth has so far only been studied in animals, but was found to be toxic to cancer cells and to cause cancer cell death.

A separate study on mice with colon cancer showed cinnamon had the ability to activate detoxifying enzymes in the colon, therefore having a protective effect against further growth. These amazing results were also supported in test tube experiments, where it was seen in human colon cells to activate a protective antioxidant response.



Cinnamon is a powerful anti fungal, anti microbial and anti bacterial, and is great in the treatment of fungal infections such as in candida overgrowth. It can also inhibit certain bacteria like salmonella and listeria from growing.

It is often used as a digestive aid to help eliminate gas and bloating, and also alleviates IBS symptoms.


HOW TO USE CINNAMONadd cinnamon to any meal

Cinnamon is a very versatile spice: after you have sourced out your real ceylon cinnamon’ sticks (don’t forget, these are the FLAKY bark variety, not the hard tubes), you can grind them up in either a coffee grinder or pestel and mortar and add to pretty much anything you fancy.

Freshly ground cinnamon tastes just fabulous and smells super fresh. You can bake with it, sprinkle it on your cereal, or add to deserts, yogurt’s or hot drinks such as herbal tea’s or your bedtime milk.

Go crazy with it and try new things, just be sure to get at least a teaspoon into your diet every day to reap all these awesome benefits.


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What is Wheatgrass? – Top 10 Amazing Wheatgrass Benefits

Wheatgrass is a chlorophyll rich super food that is closely related to wheat but harvested early on its development – just 7 to 10 days after sprouting. Not only is it abundant in life giving nutrients, but it is also easy to incorporate into your every day diet by either juicing it yourself, or simply taking a shot of the dried powder. Let’s take a closer look at these Top 10 Amazing  Wheatgrass Benefits so you can see for yourself the impact this super food can have on your health.


1. CHLOROPHYLLWheatgrass is High in Chlorophyll

Wheatgrass is one of the best known sources of chlorophyll, and in fact 70% of the wheatgrass plant is made up of this powerful blood building nutrient.

In the plant world, chlorophyll is needed for the absorption of light in a process called photosynthesis. This process creates the energy for a plant to grow and repair itself – so you can only imagine how great this must can be for us too.



Chlorophyll is high in the antioxidants needed to fight free radical damage in the body. Free radicals are harmful, unpaired electrons that wreak havoc on our health but antioxidants can neutralise these unpaired electrons before they cause us harm.

Antioxidants also help to stave off the aging process in general, and may help protect us against diseases such as cancer, dementia, heart disease, and many others degenerative diseases .


3. PROTEINProtein Builds Muscle and keeps you strong

Wheatgrass is especially high in protein and contains 17 amino acids – all of which are the actual building blocks of protein. It is a highly alkaline protein that is great for building lean muscle tissue, and also helping with the repair of torn and inflamed muscles after sports. This makes it a great training supplement alongside other good sources of protein.



Because wheatgrasses ability to neutralise toxins, remove heavy metals and purify the liver, it is great for keeping the body in a good state of detoxification.

Keeping the body in a high state of detoxification is crucial in today’s world where we are continually exposed to exhaust fumes, chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers, household cleaning products, air fresheners, toiletries and that’s not to mention the junk foods, sugar, and trans fats that are abundant in our diets.

Our poor bodies need to process these toxins, then either eliminate them or store them into fat cells where they can do no harm – but all this can lead to problems such as weight gain, brain fog, lethargy, and eventually disease.


5. ENERGYWheatgrass boosts energy

Wheatgrass is proven to give you a zing of energy within 20 minutes, mainly due to the fact its nutrients can be absorbed very quickly, making it a fantastic supplement for athletes, those in training OR anybody really. Who couldn’t do without more energy?



Due to their free radical scavenging abilities the antioxidants in wheatgrass can help to prevent cancer, and in some cases even slow it down after it has already begun to grow. One study has shown wheatgrass to slow down oral cancer growth and other studies have had similar findings.

Wheatgrass may also help improve and lessen the side effects of chemotherapy.



The fiber and nutrient level in wheatgrass has been shown to raise insulin levels, which will help in the lowering of blood glucose. This benefit makes it a great supplement for diabetics along with their regular treatment.



Low GI Fruits keep blood sugar stable

Wheatgrass has a very low GI value. GI is the shortened term for glycemic index, and is the measurement of how fast the sugars in a food hit the bloodstream. 

Low GIycemic foods, and a low GI diet in general, will keep blood sugar stable and slash your risk of diabetes, cancers, inflammatory diseases and obesity. Plus it will help keep you in shape by lowering your body fat percentage.

Low GI foods are unrefined whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, protein, pulses, nuts and seeds. In fact, there is so much to be said for eating a low GI diet that it deserves a whole post. For an easy way to start your low GI healthy diet please read Easy Steps to Eating Clean‘ where you’ll find quick and easy to follow tips and advice to help you kick start your healthy eating plan.



Wheatgrass has traditionally been used for a very long time in the treatment of stomach ache and diarrhea, and is found to be particularly good in the treatment of symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis.

Despite its name wheatgrass is totally gluten free and so is a great addition to the diet of those who are gluten intolerant.



Chronic inflammation is now thought to be behind almost all modern day illnesses and diseases, and is mainly due to our acidic diets and environment. Inflammation under normal circumstances is the body’s response to a knock, injury, or infection and is vital to protect and heal the wound. But sometimes this response goes into overdrive leaving us with chronic low grade inflammation that we are not aware of, and this is the kind of inflammation that can lead to problems and disease in the long term.

Wheatgrass, along with many other alkaline foods such as those on a plant based diet, can help negate this and put the body into a more alkaline state, making it much less susceptible to illness and disease.


Super Food Blends:Green Super Food Powder for fat burning

Along with wheatgrass, there are other green super food powders that can help when it comes to making the body more alkaline. My personal favorite being Dr. Schulzes green super food powder which not only contains wheatgrass, but a mix of lots of other green goodies such as spirulina, barleygrass, chlorella, blue-green algae, and other fruits and vegetables that all help with the absorption of these green super foods.

This amazing stuff is on another level and makes you glow from the inside out, and like with wheatgrass you can literally feel that energy boost kicking in within 20 minutes, but even MORE so. These dried super food powders really do combine together to make a explosive and potent mix.

Click here for more information on Dr. Schulzes Super Food Powderwhich will offer you an all over health boost for immunity, energy and glowing healthy skin.

Always buy where possible ORGANIC WHEATGRASS POWDER to avoid pesticide and fertilizer residue, which may detract from the wheatgrasses potential health benefits.


Grow your own wheatgrass:

If you fancy yourself as green fingered you may want to have a go at growing your own fresh wheatgrass. Check out this video tutorial below.

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Dark Chocolate and health – 5 Dark Chocolate Health Benefits

Dark Chocolate and health - 5 Dark Chocolate Health Benefits


Who doesn’t like to indulge in silky smooth and creamy chocolate? It can be pure heaven, and I for one have no intention of giving it up…EVER! Thankfully, we shouldn’t feel too guilty about this pleasure, and if we eat the 70% minimum cacao solids type then dark chocolate and health can be a marriage made in heaven! Read on and find out about the little known 5 dark chocolate health benefits that will give you an excuse to indulge any time you please.



The average person eats about 12 pounds of chocolate per year (me more), but most people are eating the low quality, high sugar and high fat versions. Many of these contain so little actual cocoa powder that they have no benefits at all, and in fact swing in the complete opposite direction making them a junk food.

This is definitely not the healthy and antioxidant rich variety that I am going to talk about in this post. For starters, you should aim for at least 70% minimum cacao solids; most quality brands will tell you on the packaging how much cacao is in their chocolate.


Cacao Content:Dark Chocolate is anti aging

You can start yourself at 70% then build up a bit higher as your taste buds become accustomed to it. I actually prefer 80-85% these days because I’m not craving the sugar in chocolate anymore, and only recently I come across 100% cacao chocolate which I was convinced would be quite terrible but actually tasted, well… nice! Cacao actually has a sweetish taste even without sugar but that’s probably because I’m so used to it.


Buy Organic!

Try to buy organic chocolate where possible, as cacao beans are notorious for being sprayed with huge amounts of fertilisers and pesticides. It definitely won’t harm to buy some of the lovely new ‘raw‘ chocolates that are out there, these haven’t been roasted and so have all their nutrients intact.

You could also buy yourself a good quality cocoa powder and make hot chocolate, cakes or whatever else you fancy putting chocolate into. Below I shall post an easy recipe for my homemade, super healthy chocolate that contains just a few ingredients. Beware – it’s addictive!




1. ANTI AGING SUPER FOODAnti Aging Superfood

The massive antioxidant content of dark chocolate helps to fight free radicals in the body. This is good news because free radicals steal healthy electrons from our cells structures and cause havoc, damaging DNA as they go, causing premature aging and eventually the onset of  disease.

Cacao is specifically high in the antioxidant antholyanidin, and also epicatechins. These stop all this bad stuff from happening by disarming those free radicals before they can do damage.



Flavenols have a positive effect on hear health by improving the flow of blood to both the heart and the brain, and helping to lower blood pressure. These flavenols also make blood platelets less sticky and harder to clot, therefore reducing the risk of both blood clots and strokes.



Dark chocolate also contains cocoa butter, which in itself is a heart healthy monounsaturated fat. There have been many studies on the effect of polyphenols in dark chocolate and heart health, including its ability to lower bad cholesterol.



Chocolate boosts memory power

Studies suggest that the flavenols in dark chocolate increase blood flow to cerebral matter, making it good for memory, focus, and cognitive performance. Dark chocolate is actually HIGHER in antioxidants than super fruit powders such as acai, blueberry, cranberry and even pomegranate.

Pairing super foods like cacao (though probably not together) with other antioxidant rich super food powders such as my personal favorite Dr. Schulze’s green super food powder will give you a full spectrum of different antioxidants, phytonutrients and nutrients for good all round health and vitality.

And there’s more good news – these same flavenols are also found in red wine and tea, suggesting that not all good things in life are bad for us – providing we don’t go over board of course!



Although the studies in this field are still emerging and with good prospects, it stands to reason that with its impressive amounts of antioxidants and flavenoids, dark chocolate may play a role in the cancer protection and treatment field…as if you needed another reason to carry on eating this fantastic treat daily.

For more antioxidant rich Superfoods please visit my page ‘Best Budget Superfoods‘ where you will find out just how easy it can be to transform your diet and health by just making a few simple swaps.





Ingredients:Homemade Raw healthy Chocolate
  • 1 part extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 part good quality 100% cocoa powder (preferably raw cocoa powder for super health benefits)
  • Healthy sweetener to taste. I use Xylitol or stevia because syrups will just sink to the bottom. Plus these are low GI sugars.
  • Tiny pinch of sea salt


Other optional ingredients of your choice include nuts, seeds, desiccated coconut (my favorite version), dried fruits OR anything else you can possibly imagine. Go wild with it.

Method: Heat coconut oil gently in a saucepan until just melted, but not too hot. It is important to keep nutrients intact by not over heating these products. Add all other ingredients and stir until smooth. Put into a tin pre-lined with tin foil of any size or shape. I use a bigger tin as I like my chocolate to be thinner and have that ‘snap‘. Put in fridge or freezer until set and enjoy.

It’s great to eat from frozen also.


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Super Supplements – Green Super Food Powder

super supplements - green super food powder

If your’e looking for something amazing that will simply make your skin glow from the inside out, then I have the perfect super supplement for you. I’m pretty  sure you’ll love this Dr. Schulze’s green super food powder as much as I do: it’s  something I have been taking almost every day for about 6 months, and boy do I know it!

This super food does so much for me that I don’t know where to start. You may think I’m way over egging it for the upsells, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m simply praising it because I love it, and here are the many reasons why:-


I have been big a fan of lurid green drinks for years – even way back in a time when nobody drank them and I got constantly ribbed by my friends and family for it. The sounds of eeeewww that’s gross and fake throwing up were what I heard a lot – but I’ve had the last laugh because years on I haven’t really aged that much, seriously, or been sick. And I know 100% it is down to good nutrition and those ‘lurid’ green powders. There is literally NO doubt in my mind about it!


Feel the Sparkle!

I’m always on the look out for new health products so when I discovered this one I was just giving it a trial run; however I soon realised it was far superior to ANYTHING I had tried before. You can physically feel a boost of energy and see your eyes sparkling with half an hour of taking it. Crazy but it’s true!


Impressive Antioxidants Profile

This superfood may be a little bit more expensive than other green powders, but it’s  POTENT, and choc full of loads of wonderful nutrients giving it a fully rounded profile of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and all the other things that a health freak like me gets exited about. My point is, you really do get what you pay for here.

So far I haven’t found anything else on the market that can hold a candle to Dr. Schulzes Super Food Powder, and Im always looking for, testing, and extensively researching the best health products on the market. In fact I’d like to call myself a bit of an expert – or at least a super food nerd if nothing else.


High Absorbability

The amazing quality and benefits of this product speak for themselves without me even having to praise them, you’ve only got to read the labels and see the unique way it has been processed. All the ingredients have been naturally dried and then tumble blended to preserve nutritional integrity and vitality.

Not only this, but they are all in their most highly absorbable state, meaning our bodies can essily assimilate and absorb the nutrients and use them immediately. Hence the immediate boost of energy and sparkly eyes.


WHAT’S IN IT EXACTLY?super food plus supplement facts

It is a formulation of all the chlorophyll rich green foods such as spirulina, blue green algae, spinach and seaweeds – plus barley, alfalfa, wheatgerm, acerola cherry, palm fruit, rose hips, beetroot and lemon and orange peel.

These make a perfectly balanced profile of all the phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals essential to life and the immune system. Plants altogether contain over 100,000 phytonutrients, and when combined together like in the formation of this product, work much better and in harmony with each other.

I guess it’s why this particular super food works so well compared to many others, which are usually just one plant such as wheatgrass powder or barleygrass powder. This has ALL of the green superfoods.


Energy And Brain Power

This green superfood also contains high levels of vitamins B6 and B12, all of which boost energy levels and immunity, are great for the central nervous system and help you to think more clearly and have greater mental clarity (it’s hard to explain, but you will know the difference when you feel it). The highly absorbable plant proteins will also keep muscles strong and bones healthy.



  • Reduced blood pressure and vessel dilation – eating phytochemicals along with a low saturated fat diet Fruits, vegetables, fiber, low GIcan substantially lower your blood pressure and help to prevent and treat hypertension.
  • Lower Inflammation – the powerful phytochemicals called proanthocyanidins and flavan- 3- ols in this green superfood can help lower disease causing inflammation. Chronic inflammation is one of the main root causes of  many of our modern day health problems, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and alzheimer’s.
  • Decrease of LDL cholesterol – antioxidants and phytochemicals called sulfides and thiols help with the proper functioning of hormones, nerves and cells – LDL cholesterol can build up in your arteries when the body is in a high state of inflammation in general.
  • Cell damage prevention – phytochemicals called terpines and carotenoids neutralise the free radicals that destroy our cells, and compromise our immune systems. This leads to all manner of diseases, and accelerated aging on the inside AND out.





Short answer – EVERYONE! The simple reason being that in our modern world of over farming, industry, car fumes, chemicals and pesticides, and the million other immune compromising toxic assaults that we are exposed to daily, it is hard for our bodies to keep on top of detoxification.

When we are not detoxifying sufficiently then we get sick, and eventually really sick. It is very important we add foods to detoxify our bodies daily.


Among all of its other amazing benefits, this super food will not only help detoxify your system of all these heavy metals and chemical nasties, helping to keep things ‘under control‘ and more balanced, but will also support cardiovascular health, fitness and hard workouts, fertility in both men and women, prostate issues, pregnancy and breast feeding.



Other Reasons To Use This Superfood Include:-

  • Aids recovery – If you are sick, or in recovery from sickness or a major operation then the hit of extra nutrients you will get from this super food will aid your recovery and help you heal FASTER. I gave it to my mum after her hysterectomy and she recovered very quickly, and actually said she felt good the whole time even though she was laid up for weeks which is a necessity with a hysterectomy. I am convinced this is because of the DR Schulzes Super Food Powder that she was recommended by her herbalist (and me of course, but I knew she needed to hear it from somebody in authority also).
  • Regulates hormones – Due to its high levels of B Vitamins it is great for balancing hormones, especially for those suffering from PMS, menopause and thyroid disease. All of these conditions require the nutrients found in this product, alongside a healthy and balanced diet, and very importantly, exercise.
  • Boosts Immunity – A strong immune system is at the core of good health, and a fact that nobody can deny, and this wonderful super food is full of immune boosting nutrients such as vitamin C, A, E, B’s, iron, selenium and zinc. It’s like a multivitamin supplement, but so much more as it is an actual food and therefore much more readily recognised and absorbed by the body.
  • Balances blood sugar – Great as a support for those with blood sugar problems and diabetes, because it helps support normal blood sugar and glycogen metabolism. I know for sure that I have less sugar cravings now I am taking this super food powder every day, but I must reiterate this also needs to be taken alongside a healthy low GI diet. I cannot stress this enough as your main diet will be at the core of blood sugar issues (and all other issues you may have) and this super food will just be that extra boost you need to take you to another level of super health and vitality.


WHO CAN TAKE SUPERFOOD?Green super food smoothie

This depends on your reasons for taking it. If you are sick or in recovery, or if you have any of the issues mentioned above then I recommend you start out full dose, which is about 2 tablespoons a day. But for maintenance and just for a general boost, I personally, take 2 heaped teaspoons a day and this works well.

I only take 2 teaspoons because I am already very healthy with my diet, and this just gives me an extra boost on top, and so works fine for me. Plus it is expensive and it lasts much longer if you take less. You can probably experiment yourself and see what works for you.



So in conclusion and I without any bias, this product is without a doubt one of the best things you can do for yourself in terms of taking care of your health, both now and in the long term. Or at least try it and see for yourself the benefits I have.


For more information on leading a healthy lifestyle and how to begin to make the changes to start doing so then please visit my page ‘Eating Clean in 10 Easy Steps’. You will find here all the information you need to get you started. Good luck!


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