HEY! It's that time of year where cinnamon is added to just about everything, from pumpkin pies to warm breakfast oatmeal's, cider, eggnog and everything else in-between.
Hello, Dyan here (The Health Coach Is In) to tell you why Cinnamon has been so beneficial for our health, for thousands of years. In fact, it's improved our health since the Medieval Times.
Learning more about what cinnamon can do for you is sure to encourage you to start adding this delicious spice to more of your meals, desserts and snacks. And what better time to do this, than the festive HOLIDAY SEASON!
SO WHAT IS CINNAMON PRECISELY?
Cinnamon is produced from the bark of certain trees. The bark of cinnamon is what contains the oil that provides the body with the array of benefits. These trees belong to a category known as Cinnamomum.
So now you're starting to see where the name might have come from.
Some popular ways to use Cinnamon include mixing it in ALMOND MILK or YOGURT, sprinkling it in your COFFEE, LATTE'S, TEA, FRUIT JUICES and CIDERS, on your FRUIT SALADS, BUTTER, TOAST, RICE, DESERTS and a whole lot more.
All these ways will allow you to enjoy the many health benefits of cinnamon. So would you like to hear about some of the amazing benefits Cinnamon has to offer?
HERE THEY ARE!
CINNAMON CAN HELP ENHANCE MENTAL ALERTNESS
If you find that you feel anxious when you need to take a test or get a report out fast, cinnamon can help you calm down, find your focus and help you be in better control of you.
CINNAMON CAN HELP CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR
Cinnamon is well-known for helping control blood sugar because it has the ability to help the body respond to insulin better.
CINNAMON CAN HELP PROTECT AGAINST HEART DISEASE
This spice has anti-inflammatory properties which help to protect the cardiovascular system from infection and damage. Add a bit of cinnamon (1/2 - 1tsp) to your breakfast cereal, evening coffee or tea, to reap the heart-healthy benefits.
CINNAMON CAN HELP REDUCE BAD CHOLESTEROL
This spice contains methylhydroxychalcone polymers which make it easier for the cells in the body to metabolize fat and sugar. This helps keep both cholesterol and triglyceride levels low, protecting your cardiovascular health.
CINNAMON WORKS AS AN ANTI-FUNGAL& ANTI-BACTERIAL
Cinnamon is not only anti-fungal but also antibacterial. The cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon appears to be effective in killing multi-drug resistant bacteria.
CINNAMON CAN HELP PREVENT BAD BREATH
Consuming cinnamon can help kill off bacteria in your mouth and thereby restore your breath to smelling great! Try adding a little cinnamon to your morning glass of almond milk, latte or mug of coffee and stop the "reeking" first thing in the morning.
CINNAMON CAN HELP REDUCE MUSCLE SORENESS
If you find yourself feeling pain and soreness after workouts at the gym or doing chores around your home then you might want to try some"cinnamon oil." Only this time you're not going to eat it, but add 15 drops to your bath.
You'll find that your muscles will feel a lot more relaxed and a lot less sore when you step out of your tub, which is likely the result of the anti-inflammatory properties and the improved blood flow to your muscles.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
Make sure you use an all-natural cinnamon and not cinnamon powder that is processed. Look for the fresh spice at your local health food store that will aid in enhancing your health.
With ONE TEASPOON A DAY, you can reap the benefits every time you add cinnamon to any dessert, meal or drink.
So get out and stock up on some sweet tasting cinnamon this HOLIDAY SEASON and improve your health today!