A Warming Spice Packed with Goodness

By HealthSignz | Published: May 19th, 2016

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A warming spice used in traditional medicine as well as savoury and sweet dishes, the health benefits of cinnamon are well known in Ayurveda. Apart from adding a characteristic flavour to the food that is added to, cinnamon is an excellent addition to a number of home remedies.

Factoid

There are two types of cinnamon: Chinese and Ceylon that have similar flavour. However, the latter is slightly sweeter, more refined and more difficult to find in local markets.

Benefits

  • Treats muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhoea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Lowers blood sugar in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Helps fight against bacterial and fungal infections
  • Inhibits the development of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Potentially effective against HIV
  • Stops the destructive processes associated with multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Improves colon health and protects against heart disease
  • Boosts brain activity

Diet

  • Add ground cinnamon to curries to enhance their flavour
  • Whole-wheat toast sprinkled with cinnamon and honey is a healthy breakfast
  • Make a deliciously warming beverage by simmering cinnamon sticks with soymilk and honey
  • Add ground cinnamon to black beans as a filling for nachos or burritos

Caution

People who are sensitive to cinnamon may be at an increased risk of liver damage. Cinnamon contains coumarin, a naturally occurring flavouring substance, which has been linked to liver damage.

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