Monday, 15 June 2015

13 Reasons to Add Cinnamon for Healthy Life Style.

Cinnamon is a sweet but pungent spice that is derived from the inner bark of the branches of wild cinnamon trees, that grow in tropical areas across Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean. There are many cinnamon varieties although the most commonly used is Ceylon cinnamon and cassia(Chinese). Cassia cinnamon has especially been used for medical purposes.

Cinnamon sticks and powder

Health Benefits of Cinnamon:


Cinnamon offers various health benefits mainly due to the presence of volatile oils cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl alcohol and cinnamyl acetate. Cinnamon contains calcium, iron, manganese, vitamin K and dietary fiber. It is be used to treat hypertension, some types of cancer, chest pain or kidney disorders.

types of cinnanom

Boots Memory and Protects the Brain:

Chewing cinnamon flavored gum or smelling fresh cinnamon has an impact on brain stimulation. function. It boosts the activity of the brain and hence acts as a good brain tonic. It helps in removing nervous tension and memory loss. Also, studies have shown that smelling cinnamon may boost cognitive function, memory, performance of certain tasks and increases in alertness and concentration.
boots brain and  protects

Cholesterol Reduction:

Cinnamon can reduce levels of bad cholesterol (LDL),  which is  known to be dangerous to the body it can cause heart disease, stroke and obesity. By eating cinnamon, you can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
reduce cholesterol by cinnamon

Improves Blood Circulation:

Cinnamon is a blood thinning agent as it increase circulation, which significantly helps in pain reduction. Good blood circulation also ensures oxygen supply to the body cells leading to higher metabolic activity. You significantly reduce the chance of getting a heart attack by regularly consuming cinnamon. Cinnamon is said to reduce high blood pressure and improve blood glucose circulation.

Improves Digestion:

Cinnamon is very effective for indigestion, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and flatulence. Because carminative properties, it is very helpful in removing gas from the stomach and intestines. Therefore cinnamon is often referred to as digestive tonic.

Infections:

Due to its anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic and antiseptic properties, it is effective for external and internal infections. Cinnamon has been found to be effective in fighting vaginal yeast infections, oral yeast infections, stomach ulcers and head lice.

Arthritis Pain

Arthritis Pain

Cinnamon spice contains anti-inflammatory compounds which can be useful in reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
common types of arthritis
In a study conducted at Copenhagen University, patients were given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

Combination of cinnamon and honey

Urinary  infections

People who eat cinnamon on a regular basis report a lower incidence of urinary tract infections. Cinnamon is diuretic in nature and helps in secretion and discharge of urine.

Blood Clots: 

A compound found in Cinnamon called as cinnamaldehyde has been well-researched for its effects on blood platelets. [Platelets are constituents of blood that are meant to clump together under emergency circumstances (like physical injury) as a way to stop bleeding, but under normal circumstances, they can make the blood flow inadequate if they clump together too much]. The cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon helps prevent unwanted clumping of blood platelets.

Headaches and migraine

Headache due to the exposure to cold wind is readily cured by applying a thin paste of powdered cinnamon mixed in water on the temples & forehead.

headche and migraine

Pimples and blackheads

Cinnamon helps in removing blood impurities. Therefore it is often recommended for pimples. Also external application of paste of cinnamon powder with a few drops of fresh lemon juice over pimples & black heads would give beneficial result.

Muscle and joint pain relief

Those who eat cinnamon on a regular basis often report that their muscle and joint pain, stiffness are reduced or even eliminated.
muscle and joint pain

Immune System:

Honey and cinnamon paste is good for boosting the immune system, removing regular fatigue and increasing the longevity of an individual. It is also known to have anti-aging properties.
immune system of honey and cinnamon

Tips to use cinnamon powder and remedies:

Honey and cinnamon, which is one of the best-known mixtures, has been reported to be a natural cure for many diseases and a formula for many health benefits:
  • ARTHRITIS: Apply a paste made of the two ingredients on the affected part of the body and massage slowly. Drinking tea with honey and cinnamon daily can also help relieve pain and stiffness in the joints.
Honey and cinnamon tea
  • HAIR LOSS: 
 1.  Apply a paste of hot olive oil, a tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath, leave it for 15 min and wash.
2. Cinnamon oil is available as an ingredient in some hair loss products and is said to help with     hair loss. Alternately it can be used directly on the scalp and washed off too.
  • BLADDER INFECTIONS: Mix cinnamon powder and honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink. This can help destroy the bacteria in the urinary system.
  • CHOLESTEROL: Add honey to cinnamon powder mixed in boiled water or green tea and drink. Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. As per information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol. 
  • COLD: Make a glass of lukewarm honey water mixed with a pinch of cinnamon powder to help boost your immune system during the cold season. It is also helpful in clearing the sinuses.
  • INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on a spoonful of honey taken before food relieves acidity and prevents indigestion.
  • PIMPLES: Mix honey with cinnamon powder and apply paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash away the next morning.
  • OBESITY: To reduce weight, daily drink a mixture of a teaspoon of honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder boiled in water with an empty stomach in the morning about half an hour before breakfast.
To add a daily dose of cinnamon to your diet, try this :
  • sprinkling cinnamon on toast
  • mix cinnamon into oatmeal or other hot cereal
  • Tea or juice with a cinnamon stick

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