Cinnamon Spice Is Nice
From writings in the ancient Hebrew Bible to inscriptions found at the Temple of Apollo , we know that cinnamon has been treasured since antiquity. Although cinnamon may no longer be a gift for kings, it is still a valued spice.
Why add cinnamon to my diet?
Antioxidants – In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon was the clear winner. Studies also show that the antioxidants in it have potent anti-inflammatory activity !
Weight Loss – Cinnamon apparently has the effect of thinning your blood thereby increasing blood circulation. Increased blood flow generally boosts your metabolism which is why it may be helpful in weight loss
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – As a digestive cinnamon dramatically reduces the uncomfortable feelings associated with IBS especially the bloating. It does this by killing bacteria and healing infections in the GI tract .
Stomach Bug – A great remedy for a stomach bug is Cinnamon. It make sense because Cinnamon is a powerful anti-bacterial.
One study found that chewing cinnamon flavored gum or just smelling cinnamon enhanced study participants’ cognitive processing. Specifically, cinnamon improved participants’ scores on tasks related to attentional processes, virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual-motor speed while working on a computer-based program.
Ways to add cinnamon to my diet:
- Add it to your morning coffee
Make cinnamon tea
Add it to sauces (spaghetti sauce , apple sauce, etc..)
Add it to soup
Sprinkle it onto your oatmeal or cereal
Sprinkle don’t pour!
Cinnamon contains coumarin which is toxic in large quantities! It is NOT recommended to exceed more than 5-6 grams (1 teaspoon) when consumed daily. However, occasional higher consumption is safe as coumarin is metabolized in the body and eventually elimnated. Some cultures have used cinnamon for medicinal purposes, you should treat it with the same respect!
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