5 Reasons Why You Should Use More Cinnamon

Nutrition Tips

 

Cinnamon, the warming fragrant spice that comes from the bark of the Cinnamon tree not only makes your porridge taste great but it also has a bundle of medicinal properties too!

 

Why should I eat Cinnamon?

  • Antioxidants: cinnamon has more free radical fighting antioxidants than many “superfoods” such as garlic and oregano. It’s so high in antioxidants that it can even be used as a natural food preservative.
  • Blood sugar control and anti-diabetic effects: renowned for its blood sugar lowering and anti- diabetic effect the compounds in cinnamon help to slow down the rate that carbohydrate breaks down into sugar after a meal. They are also known to mimic insulin – a hormone that helps to lower blood sugar levels.
  • Great for the brain:  not only has sniffing cinnamon been known to boost brain activity but the powerful antioxidants found in this ancient spice have been found to protect the brain against cognitive decline and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
  • Fights virus and infection: if you have a cold or infection cinnamon may be the answer! Cinnamon has natural anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-biotic properties that may help fight bacteria, fungus such the yeast candida, prevent tooth decay as well stop bad breath.
  • Cinnamon can increases satiety and mimics sweetness.

 

How can I use cinnamon and how best to store it?

Cinnamon is great added to porridge, baking and many other of sweet treats to enhances sweetness. Adding a cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon into a teapot and steeping for 10mins also makes a warm and soothing tea for winter or when you have a cold.

Cinnamon is available ground or stick form. Ground cinnamon is stronger, however, cinnamon sticks can be stored for longer, up to 0ne year as opposed to six months. It’s best to store cinnamon in an airtight container in a dark place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

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