Cinnamon tends to symbolize the seasonal changing of the leaves, warm fires, and holiday gatherings. Check out these 4 reasons why cinnamon can boost not only your spirits, but your health, this holiday season.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Cinnamon the distinctive spice with a heavenly aroma is perfect in dishes all year round and especially during the Fall season and leading up to the Holidays.
Cinnamon's taste and aroma boosts one's spirit and is extremely beneficial for one's health as well. Cinnamon is a source of manganese, iron, calcium, and fiber and has been prized for centuries.
It is traditionallly used to control blood sugar and increase the levels of insulin in the body. In turn reducing the risk for Diabetes, Heart Disease, and some Cancers.
Cinnamon also improves digestion and weight control. In Chinese medicine it has been used to cure flatulence, nausea, and diarrhea. And because it lowers your blood sugar levels, it also helps to suppress your appetite.
Cinnamon also helps to regulate menstrual cycles. A recent study conducted by Columbia Medical University Center suggests that cinnamon can regulate menstrual cycles of women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Currently in the U.S. 5 million women of child bearing age have this disorder.
Cinnamon wards off bacteria. In Ayurvedic medicine, cinnamon has been used for its antifungal properties and its ability to prevent the growth of bacteria, fungus, and Candida. When added to food it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
The article states there are over 100 varieties with Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon being the most commonly consumed.
It's best to enjoy cinnamon in moderation. Cassia cinnamon contains a substantial amount of coumarin, a substance that can lead to liver damage if consumed in large quantities. So keep in mind if you're considering taking cinnamon supplements.
Read the article for the link to the recipes. Cinnamon is great on steel cut oats for breakfast or as a topping for a raw vegan dessert.
How will you use cinnamon this season?