Cinnamon is a warming spice that smells especially good this time of year. There’s something yummy about the smell of cinnamon on a cold day. The good news is that cinnamon is not only a tasty, but is healthful as well.
It aids in circulation and digestion. It’s a common ingredient used in tea for nausea during pregnancy. It’s also used following delivery to decrease hemorrhage. Cinnamon raises vitality, warms the system, stimulates all the vital functions of the body, counteracts congestion, improves digestion, relieves abdominal spasms and aids in peripheral circulation.
Cinnamon has long been used to cure everything from athlete’s foot to indigestion. Early civilizations recognized its ability to stop bacterial growth. The Egyptians used it in embalming. During the Middle Ages, it was mixed with cloves and warm water, and placed in the sick rooms of victims of the Bubonic Plague.
Nicole says, cinnamon is yummy in cocoa or coffee.
The health benefits of cinnamon can be attributed to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, astringent and anti clotting properties. Cinnamon is rich in essential minerals such as manganese, iron and calcium. It is also rich in fiber.
Cinnamon boosts the activity of the brain and hence acts as a good brain tonic. It helps in removing nervous tension and memory loss.
Cinnamon helps to reduce blood sugar levels, as it helps to combat insulin resistance. It may be a factor in helping you lose weight. The fat cells in your abdomen are particularly sensitive to high insulin levels, and are very effective at storing energy–far more so that fat cells you’d find in other areas such as the lower body (i.e. hips, rear end, thighs). Because abdominal fat cells are so close to your digestive organs, and there is an extensive network of blood vessels circulating in the abdominal area, it’s even easier for fat cells to store excess glucose there.
Use Cinnamon Everyday
Most things taste better with cinnamon. Try adding it to your picky eater’s food:
- Steep your favorite herbal tea with a cinnamon stick, adding flavor to the tea.
- Add one-half teaspoon of cinnamon to unsweetened applesauce.
- Add cinnamon to breakfast cereal or oatmeal.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on toast.
- Adding cinnamon to butter or cream cheese.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on your morning cup of coffee, cocoa, or cappuccino.
- Add cinnamon to a smoothie.
- Cinnamon also combines favorably with many baked fruits like peaches and apples as well as fruit juices and ciders.
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