We will see next what the health benefits of cinnamon are that many people are talking about.
As you may already know, cinnamon is an aromatic condiment used in various cuisines because it provides a sweet flavor to meals and is ingestible in tea or tincture.
Cinnamon is rich in mucilages, resins, and tannins that provide it with the following properties:
This, in turn, stimulates the body’s defenses, providing various health benefits such as:
- Help control diabetes because it improves sugar regulation
- Improve digestive disorders such as gas, spasmodic problems diarrhea; because of its antibacterial, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory effect
- Fights infections of the respiratory tract since it has a drying effect on the mucosa and, it’s also a natural expectorant
- Decrease fatigue and improve mood because it increases stress resistance
- It helps fight cholesterol due to the presence of antioxidants
- Supports digestion, especially when mixed with honey; because the latter has enzymes that facilitate digestion, and cinnamon has an antibacterial, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory effect
- Decreases appetite due to its fiber richness
- It reduces the accumulation of fat because it improves the tissue sensitivity to the action of insulin
- Enhances sexual contact because it’s a natural aphrodisiac and improves blood circulation, thus, increasing sensitivity and pleasure
To get all the goodies from cinnamon, it’s enough to consume 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder per day.
There are various ways of using it, sprinkling it on desserts, cream soups, mousses, and cereals such as oatmeal or rice pudding.
Another way to consume it it’s infused. BTW, ginger, honey, and cinnamon make a great tea to treat cough.
Cinnamon Nutritional Facts
100 g of cinnamon
- Energy- 315 calories
- Water- 10 g
- Protein- 3.9 g
- Fat- 3.2 g
- Carbohydrates- 55.5 g
- Fibers- 24.4 g
- Vitamin A- 26 mcg
- Vitamin C- 28 mg
- Calcium- 1230 mg
- Iron- 38 mg
- Magnesium– 56 mg
- Potassium- 500 mg
- Sodium- 26 mg
- Phosphorus- 61 mg
- Zinc- 2 mg
How to use cinnamon
The parts of cinnamon used are from its shell in the form of a stick. Also, in the form of essential oil that can be bought at natural products stores.
A popular way to take advantage of cinnamon’s benefits is to use it as a condiment—for example, for meats, fish, chicken, and even tofu.
Just grind 2 pieces of star anise, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon of coarse salt, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Store the seasoning in the fridge, and you’re ready to use it on any occasion.
Another very popular way is by infusion. To prepare it place 1 cinnamon stick in a cup of boiling water, letting it steep for 10 minutes.
You should consume up to 3 cups per day, before meals.
Sprinkling 1 tbsp of cinnamon powder in fruit salads or oatmeal cereals is optimal for naturally lower blood glucose, being useful for diabetes control and weight loss.
Side effects and contraindications
Cinnamon’s side effects include allergies and skin irritation, and should not be consumed in case of gastric or intestinal ulcers.
In addition to this, cinnamon should not be ingested during pregnancy because it could promote uterine contraction.