The characteristic exotic aroma of cinnamon acts as a magnet and magically attracts admirers around. But in addition to cinnamon charming with its sweet smell and strong taste, for years it has been used as a natural remedy and protector of health.
It is available throughout the year but is most reluctant 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 that they have a longer shelf life, but they do not have such a strong aroma as minced cinnamon powder.
Health benefits from cinnamon
Cinnamon is not only known 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, and hence its health benefits come. Here are some of them:
In combination with honey it strengthens immunity
Cinnamon with honey is not only tasty, but also a powerful combination that is used as a natural remedy. During the cold days, consume one teaspoon of honey and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon dissolved in a glass of lukewarm water to improve the protection of the body against viruses and bacteria.
Cinnamon improves your memory
Studies have shown that the smell of cinnamon can improve cognitive abilities, memory, performance of certain tasks, and increase alertness and concentration. The experiments used chewing gum with a taste of cinnamon or aromatic candles.
Helps people suffering from type 2 diabetes
A well-known study conducted in 2003 with the participation of people who have type 2 diabetes has shown that regular use of cinnamon can reduce blood sugar and bad (LDL) cholesterol. The volunteers in the study consumed 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon a day, with cholesterol being reduced by 18% and blood sugar by 24%. Doctors do not recommend that cinnamon is consumed at such large therapeutic doses, especially not from people receiving medication, but small doses are not considered harmful.
Helps against dry throat and dry cough
Soak two sticks of cinnamon in a glass of cold water and allow them to stand for several hours. This drink contains water-soluble dietary fibers that soften the scratch caused by the throat, and thus reduce the dry cough.
It puts the hunger under control
Cinnamon regulates blood sugar and therefore eliminates hunger attacks. Nutritionists recommend a snack of pieces of baked apples seasoned with cinnamon, because apart from cinnamon, and apples have many benefits. It has been proven that people who consume apples regularly, consume fewer calories and have less fat deposits on the stomach.
Helps reduce menstrual pain
Women who suffer from menstrual pain every month can relieve them with regular consumption of cinnamon.
Has a positive effect on constipation
Cinnamon is an excellent source of dietary fiber that helps with constipation. But also in the presence of irritable bowel syndrome. It is believed that regular intake of small amounts of cinnamon has a positive effect on the production of gases in the stomach.
Increases energy levels
Do you feel tired and without energy? Drink fruit tea with a quarter teaspoon cinnamon. It will increase your vitality and may improve your circulation. It is especially useful for people who constantly complain that they have cold feet.
Cinnamon fights bad breath
Studies have shown that chewing gum with cinnamon is effective against bad breath. Also, the cinnamon in combination with honey and lukewarm water can be used in the morning as a mouth-watering liquid. Such a mix keeps the breath fresh throughout the day. Many claim that cinnamon is an effective home remedy and against toothache.
It softens the rough skin of the feet
Occasionally nourish your tired feet with a fragrant bath. Mix the juice of 5 lemons, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, half a cup of milk. Half a cup of water and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and sink the soles in the liquid for 15 minutes.
Cinnamon and honey in the fight with kilograms
The combination of honey-cinnamon is also used to reduce weight. In a pot, mix a glass of water with one tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Keep the mixture on fire until it boils. Drink half of the liquid thirty minutes before breakfast, and drink the second half at night, thirty minutes before bedtime.
How to consume cinnamon everyday?
Cinnamon is an indispensable ingredient in popular sweet pleasures – like warm wine. But you can consume it in many different ways. Here are some delicious suggestions:
- Put a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon directly into your cappuccino, hot chocolate or in a glass of warm milk or fruit tea.
- Sprinkle banana with ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.
- Add ½ or one whole teaspoon of cinnamon in the morning meal of oatmeal.
- Mix a ¼ cup of honey with a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and with this mixture cover untreated almonds (about 2 cups). Bake for 15 minutes in an oven at 180 ° C.
- Make a delicious mixture of 2 teaspoons peanut butter and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and apply thin slices of apple with it. This is an ideal snack that you can consume both before and after exercise.
It is not advisable to consume cinnamon in large quantities. Avoid entering more than 4 grams of cinnamon a day. People who have liver or kidney problems, unstable blood sugar levels, as well as pregnant women and nursing women, should be especially careful.