Cinnamon has long been used as a spice and as a medicine. The essential oils found in its bark, have 3 active components called cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol. The cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory agent that helps prevents unwanted clumping of blood platelets.
The essential oils found in cinnamon are considered to be an “anti-microbial” food. Studies have shown cinnamon to help stop the growth of bacteria and fungi, as well as the yeast Candida. Cinnamon when used as a seasoning on high carb foods, lessens the impact on blood sugar levels by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after a meal thereby reducing the rise in blood sugar, after eating a meal. Cinnamon has the additional benefits of being an excellent source of fiber, and the minerals calcium and manganese.
Lastly, the aroma of cinnamon has also been shown to improve attention processes, memory and visual-motor speed.
Try to buy organic cinnamon, as this will ensure that the cinnamon’s vitamin C and carotenoid content will not be decreased.
Keep cinnamon in a tightly sealed glass container and store it in a cool, dark and dry place. Ground cinnamon will keep up to 6 months while cinnamon sticks keep for a year. Storing cinnamon in the refrigerator will extend its shelf life.
Use 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon per day. The following are some useful ideas for adding cinnamon into your life:
- Make a tea by simmering cinnamon sticks with almond milk and honey.
- Add cinnamon to beans for a unique taste.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on breakfast cereals such as oatmeal, quinoa, amaranth or millet.
- Diffuse cinnamon essential oils in a cold air diffuser in your office.
- Take organic cinnamon capsules, if you don’t like the taste of cinnamon.
If you are interested in learning more on the benefits of cinnamon check out Nutri Inspector.com and read their post on the 23 Health Benefits of Cinnamon.
And as always make sure you contact your physician before making changes to your health and diet routine. For more health and wellness tips, stay tuned to AskDrCris.com.