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The Benefits of Cinnamon

Let’s talk about Cinnamon

Used as a medicine for centuries, cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthy spices on the planet.

 

Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of the tree (Cinnamomum) and once the woody part has been removed, it is dried to form strips that roll up to form the so-called “cinnamon sticks” which are ground to produce the powder. Cinnamaldehyde is the substance that has all the beneficial effects on health and metabolism. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-tumor, cardiovascular, immunomodulatory and cholesterol-lowering effects. 

About 250 species of cinnamon have been identified. There are Indonesian, Vietnamese, Indian and Malabar cinnamon, but there are two main varieties: Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the most precious one. Ceylon cinnamon is produced from trees grown in areas such as Sri Lanka and Thailand, which are unusual and therefore more expensive. Cassia cinnamon comes from trees grown in China and is less expensive and more available.  

Cinnamon is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and is also a good source of vitamin K, iron and an excellent source of dietary fiber, calcium and manganese. Several studies reveals that cinnamon compared to the 26 world’s most popular herbs and spices is the one with the highest antioxidant activity. Cinnamon reduces hypertension, another risk factor for heart disease or stroke, increases circulation and improves tissue repair. It can reduce blood sugar levels and improves sensitivity to hormonal insulin and is considered one of the best foods for diabetics. Cinnamon oil can also protect against bacterial infections that can cause colds, sore throats, and pneumonia. This essential oils can be used as mouthwash to naturally fight bacteria in the mouth. Ayurvedic medicine considers cinnamon to be a warming spice and helps to improve the bioavailability and absorption of other spices in the body. It helps to improve the health of the heart, lungs and bladder and is believed to relieve pain. It also facilitates digestion and promotes proper blood flow. 

Typically, you can buy cinnamon sticks and grate it with a small grater or you can use whole cinnamon sticks to make infusions in hot water and make a wonderful cinnamon tea. You can also use it naturally to sweeten your dishes. 

 

Make good use of it and enjoy all its benefits!

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Marco Lucenti Author

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