Secrets of Cinnamon for a healthy lifestyle
Did you know that cinnamon, a highly delicious spice that comes from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum, was popular for its medicinal properties back to ancient times? It was considered more precious than gold as it used to be valuable and rare. That’s why it was given as a gift for kings! For the record, the word derives from the Greek word, “κινάμμωμον”, which means sweet wood. Its warm and sweet taste makes it a perfect spice, especially during the winter months.
According to the US National Nutrient Database (United States Department of Agriculture – May 2016) cinnamon is consisted of around 11% water, 81 % carbohydrates (including 53% dietary fiber), 4% protein, and 1% fat (table). In a 100-gram reference amount, ground cinnamon is a rich source of calcium (100% of the Daily Value, DV), iron (64% DV), and vitamin K (30% DV).
The secret of a long time life
Supported by scientific research, cinnamon hides the secret of anti-aging! Being a powerful antioxidant protects your body against the oxidative damage caused by free radicals while fights infections and repairs tissue damage. The best way is to boil tea and then add honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. It really prevents aging when you take it regularly, so keep drinking during your day.
Cinnamon acts as fat-soluble
Cinnamon has positive effects on burning fat, especially in the belly area, because it controls the blood glucose, increases insulin sensitivity, and thus accumulates body fat. Undoubtedly, it works as a natural way of losing weight! For this reason, choose to sprinkle some cinnamon on your fruits as it can really help you to balance your blood sugar levels and as a result to control your appetite preventing you from overeating! Needless to say, cinnamon boosts your metabolism, making your body spend more energy to process the spice than it does for other foods.
Additionally significant effects:
- Helps in indigestion
- Helps in hypertension
- Relieves headaches, cramps, periods and stomach pains
- Offers antibacterial activity
- Reduces diabetes
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Fights inflammation, offering antibacterial and antifungal effects in the body
- Offers antithrombotic action (Cinnamon prevents against thrombus formation in the blood)
- Cinnamon may be effective in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Fights HIV
Ways to put cinnamon in your diet:
Make your tea or coffee aromatic, healthy and tasty by sprinkling cinnamon on top. You may also add cinnamon to your cereals, fruits or oatmeal in the morning! You may also use it in your yogurt, smoothies, cottage cheese, beverages, food even cocktails! The oral dietary supplements of cinnamon are also super suggestive. But first, take the advice of your nutritionist.
Tip: A reasonable daily intake amount is around 1 to 6 gr (max 1 ½ teaspoon per day).
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