It is one of the most famous spices in the world. Its bewitching scent has earned it pride of place in the kitchen, but its medicinal properties are also to be saluted ! Yes, we’re talking about cinnamon, a spice that has some nice surprises in store for us when it comes to health benefits. And we took care to present a few of them to you.
The varieties of cinnamon : what you need to know !
Some people may not know it, but there are two types of cinnamon:
Chinese cinnamon also known as Cinnamomum Cassia
Ceylon Cinnamon or Cinnamomum Zeylanicum. It is the best known and comes from India, Sri Lanka and Madagascar.
Both are extracted from a tree, more precisely from the bark of the tree, the first from Chinese cinnamon and the second from Ceylon cinnamon. And although they are part of the same Lauraceae family, these two varieties are not completely identical.
Ceylon cinnamon sticks are made up of several thin layers of bark rolled together, unlike Chinese Cinnamon sticks, made up of a single layer of very thick bark. Whether in the form of sticks or powder, cinnamon has several health benefits that make it an excellent ally for our well-being.
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In supermarkets, you can easily recognize them by the smell. If cassia cinnamon is distinguished by a peppery flavor, the scent of Ceylon cinnamon is lighter and more delicate, with a sweeter taste.
Like certain foods, its consumption is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women and for people with hypertension.
A magic spice for our health
Believe us, you have great reasons to add cinnamon to your preparations. It has incredible health benefits. A few examples to confirm it for you !
It slows down the aging of cells
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Antioxidants, especially tannins, are renowned for their anti-aging power. They block the effects of free radicals, which are the cause of aging cells. What makes them effective in the fight against wrinkles.
And cinnamon is one of those foods that contains enough of it. This richness also gives it protective virtues against cardiovascular disorders. Put it in your dishes and your heart will thank you.
It stabilizes the blood sugar level
Cinnamon is also nicknamed “poor man’s insulin” for its ability to lower blood sugar levels, in other words to slow the absorption of glucose by the body.
Many studies have said that it only takes half a teaspoon of cinnamon with a meal to lower blood sugar levels by around 25% in the blood. For type 2 diabetics, this is the ideal food for controlling their blood sugar.
She treats sore throats
If you have a sore throat, consuming cinnamon is a great pain reliever because of its anti-bacterial properties.
Put 2 cinnamon sticks in half a cup of boiling water for two minutes. Pour the resulting liquid into your favorite tea and drink.
An effective remedy for colds
Have you ever tried a cinnamon drink to help you recover from a cold ? Indeed, it is a sure-fire remedy for winter infections like the flu and colds.
Cinnamon has a very high amount of cinnamaldehyde, a potent anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial. This allows it to boost the immune system and fight these infections.
Heat a teaspoon of cinnamon bark in a bowl filled with water, add 2 cloves to it and mix. Remove from the heat as soon as the water boils and let steep for about 15 minutes before drinking. Do not hesitate to add a little honey if you wish. 2 cups a day will be enough.
She fights against bloating
If you get gas or bloating very often, consider adding cinnamon to your diet. It improves intestinal transit and since it is anti spasmodic, it stimulates gastric secretions and protects you from infections of the intestinal flora.
Consumed as an infusion associated with crushed cardamom seeds or rosemary, after each meal, it soothes heartburn and relieves you even in the event of nausea or stomach upsets.
She helps to keep the line
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How Does Cinnamon Promote Weight Loss ? To begin with, by speeding up the metabolism in order to burn as much fat as possible. Then, it considerably increases the feeling of satiety and therefore encourages the consumption of fewer calories during the day.
Add some (preferably a teaspoon of ground cinnamon) to your fruit salad or desserts. In addition, it is an alternative to sugar for your drinks or your coffee.
A natural solution for menstrual pain
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Some components of cinnamon play the role of antispasmodics and anti-inflammatory drugs. This is what makes say that it would be effective in calming menstrual pain in case of painful periods.
A cinnamon tea, with ginger and turmeric would do the trick, otherwise just pour a few drops of cinnamon essential oil on a warm cloth and place it carefully on your stomach.
It protects the brain
Many studies agree that cinnamon has a beneficial effect on the brain. It would reduce the risk of certain degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease.
Its action is to increase the level of sodium benzoate in the brain. This would have the effect of repairing neurons and boosting brain activity. And if you remember, cinnamon has a high dose of antioxidants, making it a great memory food.
To conclude …
How not to like this spice after all these explanations ? It has so many health benefits.
And there are various ways to add it to your diet: pour a few drops in our coffee or tea, use it to flavor a recipe for compote, pastries or a fruit salad.
However, to take full advantage of these benefits, choose Ceylon cinnamon for two reasons. The first is the one with the most active ingredients.
The second, unlike that of China, it is not toxic to the liver in high doses. Indeed, the latter contains coumarin, a blood thinner. If you choose this variety of cinnamon and combine it with another natural or medicinal thinner, it is very dangerous.