Today I want to chat about a spice which may be quite overlooked in your regime of foods for better living. Have you considered cinnamon for health?
Well…yes it is.
However, there is so much more to this amazing spice.
Did you know the use of cinnamon dates back thousands of years?
In fact, in the Christian Bible it is mentioned numerous times in reference to anointing oils, royal perfumes, consecrating incense, medicinal purposes and other uses.
So, what exactly is cinnamon?
Cinnamon is an aromatic and distinctive spice that is used for cooking in both sweet and savoury recipes. It comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree variety, grown in Sri Lanka, known as Cinnamomum. As the strips of inner bark dry out they naturally roll into what are known as ‘cinnamon sticks’. These sticks may be used as they are or otherwise crumbled or powdered.
Cinnamon for health:
Cinnamon for health purposes is used for its countless benefits ranging from acting as a natural stimulant and energizer, anti-viral agent helping to fight infections from the common cold through to HIV-1, antioxidant, it appears to assist with diabetes support, Alzheimer’s disease, and also…cinnamon can act as a natural thermogenic, which can assist with your weight loss goals by increasing your metabolism.
If you weren’t aware of that last one, I bet I’ve got your attention now – right?
Does it get any better than this?
Well, as a matter of fact, yes!
Cinnamon has been used traditionally for many hundreds of years, especially throughout Asia, as a very effective tonic to sooth the skin. The spice is also used to treat acne and eliminate pimples.
Want beautiful, youthful looking skin? Use cinnamon.
So, as you can see, using cinnamon for health may certainly provide some amazing benefits.
10g of ground cinnamon – which is about 2tsp contains:
- Energy: 103.4 kJ (24.7 kcal)
- Protein: 0.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 8.06 g (fibre = 5.31g, sugars = 0.2g)
- Fat: 0.12 g
Personally, I use cinnamon powder several times every day.
Some of the ways you may incorporate cinnamon into your healthy nutrition plan are:
- Mix a half teaspoon into a hot beverage. Whether it is green tea, coffee or even just hot water with honey.
- Sprinkle over your favourite breakfast cereal – it’s delicious over porridge.
- Add to your smoothies
- Include in baking and other cooking – it is great added to savoury dishes and curries
- Mix into yoghurt with a bit of honey
There are many other ways you can make use of this fantastic spice, use your imagination and let me know what you come up with – please leave a comment in the box below or contact me – i’d love to hear from you.
With such an easy addition to your ‘super you’ goals, why wait, start using cinnamon for health benefits today.
You’ll be glad you did 🙂
– Rich Far
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Cinnamon for Health