The wonders of cinnamon
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11th Aug 2011, 02:06 PM #1
The wonders of cinnamon
Cinnamon is one must-have spice in your kitchen. It has numerous health benefits that you can easily combine in your everyday meal.
CINNAMON AND ITS NUTRIENTS -
It has a spicy, sweet flavour, and is used to flavour a variety of savouries. Besides its fiery aroma and flavourful kick, cinnamon is loaded with numerous health benefits.
This spicy bark is a great source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese and magnesium. It also contains high amounts of vitamin-A, niacin, pantothenic acid and pyridoxine.
Cinnamon contains loads of anti-oxidants, in addition to fibre -- that can do wonders for your body.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CINNAMON -
HELPS LOWER CHOLESTROL - Studies suggest that adding half a teaspoon of cinnamon can help lower bad cholesterol, aiding your heart health.
TREATING INFECTIONS - Cinnamon is known to have anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties that can help stop infections, particularly yeast infections and bacterial infections. In fact, adding cinnamon to food inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
CONTROLLING DIABETES - Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with type-2 diabetes.
ANTI-CLOTTING QUALITY - Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
REDUCE INFLAMMATION - Studies have shown that one tablespoon of cinnamon a day can help provide significant relief in arthritis pain and swelling.
AIDS DIGESTION - Cinnamon helps reduce indigestion, flatulence and nausea. The high fibre content in cinnamon can provide relief to people with irritable bowel syndrome.
NATURAL WARMER - In winters, adding some cinnamon to your diet can help increase your body temperature.
BOOSTS MEMORY - Cinnamon helps cognitive function and boots memory.
CANCER-FIGHTING PROPERTIES - Since cinnamon has both calcium and fibre, it helps remove bile (a yellow-green fluid made by the liver) and prevent one of the potential causes of colon cancer.
ADVISORY AGAINST CINNAMON -
Excessive use of cinnamon stick may cause inflammation of taste buds, gum swelling and mouth ulcers. Also some people can be allergic to cinnamon.
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