If you think you’re looking at tree bark well, it’s because you
are. Cinnamon, one of the oldest spices known, is the brown bark of the cinnamon
tree and adding this fragrant spice to your food is a deliciously fantastic way
to bump up the healthy factor.
In ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used for flavor, as medicine, and considered to be more precious than gold.
The essential oils found in its bark (cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate and cinnamyl alcohol) have unique healing abilities. Cinnamaldehyde works against harmful blood platelet clotting, which can result in inadequate blood flow. It accomplishes this by inhibiting the release of arachidonic acid (a fatty acid responsible for the inflammatory response) from cell membranes. Thus, cinnamon is beneficial for any condition that causes inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Because they are anti-microbial, cinnamon extracts also help stop the growth of harmful bacteria or fungi, such as those that are responsible for candida, or yeast
Blood Sugar Control
Seasoning a high carb food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating.
Cinnamon may also significantly help people with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to respond to insulin, thus normalizing their blood sugar levels. Both test tube and animal studies have shown that compounds in cinnamon not only stimulate insulin receptors, but also inhibit an enzyme that inactivates them, thus significantly increasing cells' ability to use glucose. Research has also shown that people with Type 2 diabetes consuming less than half a teaspoon per day of cinnamon reduced their blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Enjoy a blast of heat!
Because of cinnamon’s warming qualities, it provides relief when faced with the onset of a cold or flu, especially when mixed in a tea with some fresh ginger. But don’t wait for a cold to enjoy this. To everyone still caught in this crazy winter storm, this is your new hot toddy!
Stop by your local health food market and make cinnamon a staple
in your pantry.
You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces- just good food from fresh ingredients. Julia Child
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