The distinctive exotic aroma of cinnamon acts like a magnet and magically attracting fans around itself. But besides cinnamon charm with its sweet smell and strong taste, it has historically been used as a natural remedy and protector of health. Available throughout the year, but is most attractive during the cold days. It can be found in the form of sticks and in the form of powder. The good side of the sticks is they have a longer shelf life, but they do not have as strong aroma as ground cinnamon powder.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is not known only as a tasty spice, but also as a source of vitamins and minerals. It contains calcium, iron, manganese, vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as dietary fiber; hence come its health benefits. Here are some of them:
Increase energy levels. You feel tired and without energy? Drink fruit tea with a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. It will increase vitality, and can help improve circulation. It is especially useful for people who constantly complain about having cold feet.
Soften rough skin on feet. Occasionally Nurture your tired feet with scented bath. Mix juice of 5 lemons, 1 teaspoon olive oil, ½ cup milk, ½ cup water and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and dip your feet in the liquid for 15 minutes.
Help people who suffer from type 2 diabetes. Known survey conducted in 2003 with the participation of people who have type 2diabetes, found that regular use of cinnamon can reduce blood sugar and bad (LDL) cholesterol. Volunteers in the study consumed 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon per day and in them cholesterol decreased by 18% and blood sugar levels by 24%. Doctors recommend to not consuming cinnamon in high amount of therapeutic doses, especially of people receiving medications, but small doses are not considered harmful.
It helps in reducing menstrual pain. Women who suffer from monthly menstrual pain can mitigate with regular consumption of cinnamon.
In combination with honey strengthens immunity. Cinnamon with honey is not only delicious, but also a powerful combination that is used as a natural remedy. During the cold days consume a teaspoon of honey and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon dissolved in a glass of warm water to improve the protection of the body against viruses and bacteria.
There is a positive effect on constipation. Cinnamon is an excellent source of dietary fiber which helps with constipation, but in a syndrome of irritable bowel. It is believed that regular intake of small amounts of cinnamon has a positive influence in the creation of gases in the stomach.
The combination of honey-cinnamon is used for weight reduction. In the pot, mix a cup of water with one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon cinnamon. Hold the mixture to heat until it boils. Drink half of the liquid thirty minutes before breakfast and the second half in the evening, thirty minutes before bedtime. Cinnamon is an indispensable ingredient in two popular sweet delights –rice pudding and wormed wine. But, you can consume it in many different ways.
Cinnamon is not recommended to consume in large quantities. Avoid consuming more than 4 grams of cinnamon daily. Especially it should be careful people who have liver problems or kidney problems, unstable blood sugar levels, as well as pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding.