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For centuries, in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, cinnamon has been used to treat illnesses like the flu and indigestion.
Cinnamon is a wonder spice. It has a bundle of minerals sitting within it – calcium, fiber, iron, and manganese. Also, within its bark, are healing essential oils.It contains antioxidants that can
More recently, researchers have found that cinnamon can help keep blood sugar from rising too quickly after a meal. This antioxidant-rich seasoning slows down the rate at which the stomach unloads that heavy carb lunch.
In a study of people with Type 2 diabetes, it was found that consuming 1-gram of cinnamon daily lowered blood sugar, triglycerides, and total cholesterol. This it does because cinnamon helps insulin work a lot more efficiently in our body. Dr. Richard Anderson of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland suggests that pre-diabetics may be able to delay or prevent the development of the disease with regular, small doses of cinnamon.
Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and a medicine. This spice is actually the brown bark of the cinnamon tree. What we usually consume is the ground powder form, often sprinkled on coffee or toast. It’s also available in a dried tubular form known as a quill. There are hundreds of types of cinnamon but I will highlight two varieties in this article – Chinese and Ceylon. Even though both have a similar flavor, there are a few differences to note.
The Ceylon variety is slightly sweeter and more refined, a much nicer option in desserts. It is also more difficult to find in local markets. This variety has low levels of coumarin (a natural substance found in plants) and that is an advantage. The Chinese cinnamon has much greater concentrations of coumarin, which in high doses, can be poisonous to the liver and kidney. If you’re going to make cinnamon part of your everyday diet, pick the Ceylon cinnamon variety.
Cinnamon supplements might be a convenient way to get the benefits of this wonder spice into our system. The FDA has given cinnamon the status of Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). However, it is recommended to not consume more than 2–5 grams of cinnamon per day. Cinnamon appears to be safe for most people at these levels.
Note: As with any supplement, please consult your doctor before starting a cinnamon supplement as it may interact with your current diabetes medication or any medication that affects blood glucose or insulin levels.
Cinnamon adds a distinctive flavor to food and drinks. Here are some easy, delicious ways to make cinnamon a part of your everyday diet:
Here is one of my favorite recipes to indulge the sweet tooth in a healthy way!
Beyond improving the body’s ability to utilize blood sugar, just smelling the fragrance of this sweet spice boosts brain activity! Chewing cinnamon-flavored gum or even smelling cinnamon enhanced participants’ cognitive processing ability (with enhanced scores on tasks related to memory and speed while working on a computer-based program) in a study conducted by the Wheeling Jesuit University.
Here are some tips on benefits of cinnamon for the face, lips and hair – to restore a healthy glow.
Face scrub: almond oil, olive oil, honey and ground cinnamon.
Lip therapy: Cinnamon combined with Vaseline may be used as a lip therapy.
Hair Mask: Try cinnamon with warm olive oil and honey. Leave on hair for 10 to 15 minutes and wash with a shampoo.
A word of caution: never apply cinnamon directly to the skin as it can cause bruising.
Cinnamon is a wonderful blessing Nature has bestowed on us. Go ahead and indulge!