Cinnamon has been used in numerous ways to reduce and prevent illness since antiquity. It was imported to Africa in 2000 B.C., mentioned in the Bible and was an integral part of medieval life. It is used as a spice to enhance the flavor of food, a fragrance, for embalming, to relax and to increase concentration and memory. It was used to preserve meat, as a cure for coughing, sore throat, hoarseness and was equal in value to silver.
Cinnamon is named after Cinnamomum now called Ceylon. It comes from the dried inner bark of the evergreen tree cinnamomum zeylanicum found in Sri Lanka. It is rich in vitamins and nutrients like manganese, iron, calcium and fiber to help with diarrhea, indigestion and bloating. Other reports suggest that it prevents the spread of cancer cells, stomach ulcers or bacterial infections. It may reduce blood sugar levels, and LDL (bad cholesterol). It reduces bad breath and helps in cessation of smoking. It may reduce stress and calm that aggressor or bully. It is beneficial to your heart as well as helps you lose and maintain weight. According to Dr. Oz, cinnamon has an insulin-like effect that helps to enhance the part of the brain that tells you when you had enough.
Research has found that chronic stress causes inflammation and insulin resistance in the body, either of which can cause you to gain weight. Cinnamon is an easy and simple healthy tip for a happy and healthy life that serves to calm, relax and reduce weight as well as stress. It is easy and probably already in your cabinet. In one word it is CINNAMON.
Simply sprinkle a little, not a lot on everything you eat and drink. Put it on your cereal, in your tea, coffee, water and soda. Sprinkle it on your salad, soup, vegetables, meat and anything you eat. The University of Michigan Health System suggests you take 1/2- to 3/4-teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily or 1/2-teaspoon of cinnamon oil tincture three times per day to lower cholesterol levels. Be sure to consult with your doctor if you are taking medications or have any pre-existing conditions.
A cup of hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick or a warm cup of water with a teaspoon of cinnamon in cold weather is a great way to handle those wintry days. A glass of lemonade, iced tea or water with a teaspoon of cinnamon is cooling and refreshing in hot weather. A beverage, sprinkled with cinnamon, is a great way to cool down or warm up depending on the season. Relax and enjoy!