Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an herb than can be very beneficial to your health.   It is used in Ayurvedic medicine and is one of the oldest spices known to man.  Cinnamon is a source of the trace mineral manganese.  Manganese is essential for the production of thyroid hormones and is concentrated mostly in the liver, bone, pancreas, and brain.

The following are the main benefits of cinnamon:

  1. Anti-clotting/anti-inflammatory:  It prevents unwanted clotting of blood platelets, which lessens inflammation.
  2. Anti-microbial:  Cinnamon has been known to help stop the growth of bacteria and fungi.
  3. Blood sugar control: US Agricultural Research Studies have shown that ½ tsp per day of cinnamon has helped people with Type 2 diabetes improve their ability to respond to insulin.  By stimulating insulin receptors as well as inhibiting an enzyme to inactivates them., the cells’ ability to use glucose in increased. 
  4. Boosts brain function:  Research by Dr. Zoladz proved that chewing cinnamon flavored gum or o even smelling the scent enhances cognitive processing of his participants.

Cinnamon is easy to find and is a common herb used in many recipes. Below are some recipes for cinnamon to help common ailments:

  1. Colds: ake lukewarm honey water and mix with ½ tsp of cinnamon.
  2. Indigestion: sprinkle cinnamon on a spoonful of honey before eating to reduce acidity
  3. Cholesterol: put honey in ½ tsp of cinnamon.  Mix in boiled water or green tea.
  4. Arthritis: A study from Copenhagen University discovered that 1 tsp of honey with ½ tsp of cinnamon powder ever morning before breakfast gave significant relief after 1 week of use.

Here are some great cinnamon recipes to enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Oat Squares

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 ½ cups steel cut oats
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 tsp best quality vanilla extract
  • 2 apples (cored)

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients in bowl.  Pour into 9” pan.  Bake until golden brown (about 1 hour).

Apple Cranberry Muesli

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet apples
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 cups Muesli
  • 2/3 cups brown rice powder
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tbs ground flax seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp oil

Preheat oven to 375F.  Spread apples and raisins in a 9×13” baking dish.  Combine remaining ingredients and spread on top of apple mixture.  Bake 45 minutes covered.  Uncover and cook 25 minutes longer.