It’s a reddish-brown spice that usually makes its debut around the latter holidays in the year. But, you don’t have to wait that long to gain the health benefits of a little cinnamon each day.
Some Facts about Cinnamon
We usually get it from a small jar on the spice aisle, but cinnamon has traveled a longer way than that to be with us. It is actually obtained from the inner bark of an Asian tree. Once it is ground up, it is used as a spice. There are many varieties of cinnamon. Buying it rolled up, almost like it was just scooped out of the tree, allow people to grate it at your leisure when you want to add the spice to your food.
Cinnamon has a kind of savory taste with a sweet smell. It is used most commonly in sweet desserts and drinks either as an essential ingredient or a garnish. But, cinnamon can also be used in main dishes as well. Cinnamon, in its natural form, contains fiber, iron, calcium, manganese and very few calories (5 to be exact).
Some proponents of herbal remedies and treatments say that having a bit of cinnamon each day has a profound effect on your health. You can slide it in almost anywhere in your diet. Try these few suggestions:
* Sprinkle on top of oatmeal
* Add as a garnish to your breakfast smoothie
* Use in casseroles
* Add to your hot drink
* Mix in your fruit dip
Even a teaspoon a day will help.
Health benefits of Using Cinnamon
Cinnamon has been shown to help lower blood sugar. High blood sugar levels can throw your entire metabolic system out of whack and, can put you at risk for developing diabetes. It does this by helping to delay the emptying of the stomach, thereby stabilizing blood glucose levels throughout the day. But, you still feel full so you have less of a tendency to overeat. In addition to taking precautions to lower your sugar consumption, adding a teaspoon of cinnamon each day provides added protection.
Cinnamon can help with pain. A study done in Copenhagen found that those who suffered from arthritis pain found some measure of relief when given a dose of one tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon each day.
Cinnamon also has been shown to have an antibacterial effect. When used as a preservative in foods it can work as a preservative. This also works for unpasteurized juices to help stop the growth of bacteria.
If you are not currently using cinnamon, think about adding it to your daily diet. Talk to your doctor first, though about any spices you are adding for health purposes.
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