If you are ever lucky enough to travel to Indonesia or China you might come across the cinnamon tree. It is this tree that produces a reddish bark which can be ground or grated into the delicious and healthy spice we call cinnamon. Cinnamon is typically sprinkled onto our desserts including donuts, pie, cake, and pudding. All types of cinnamon group into the Lauraceae family. In North America the most common type of cinnamon, making up 90% of the imports, is Indonesian cassia.
Cinnamon is one of the most ancient spices, with records of its use dating back to ancient Egypt, where they used it as both a beverage and medicine. Chinese botanical medicine has books from 3000 B.C. that mention it, and it was also written about in the Bible. During the middle ages, it was heavily traded so much that it became an early commodity between Asia and Europe.
Cinnamon is a potent antioxidant and research has shown that a very tiny amount can go a long way at helping your health improve. It is high in fiber and other things including magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin E. Let's take a look at the additional macros and vitamins/minerals that are in 2 tablespoons:
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- 12g carbohydrates
- 38 calories
- 1g protein
- .2g fat
- 9g fiber
- 3mg manganese
- 150mgs calcium
- 2mgs iron
- 5mcgs vitamin K
- Health benefits
There is a long list of benefits from cinnamon, let's go over them so we can convince you to start using it in your daily routine.
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- Great antioxidant: As already mentioned, Cinnamon works great as an antioxidant because it slows both aging and free radical damage. Researchers have found more than 3 dozen compounds in it that will protect your body from danger, which makes it one of the top 10 best foods for this purpose, even beating out things like oregano and garlic in terms of antioxidant punch. The secret is that it contains many flavonoids and polyphenols.
- Anti-inflammation: Inflammation is a very common problem in our high stress and poor modern lifestyles. Cinnamon will help with this problem which lowers the risk of cancer, heart disease, etc. Those who play a lot of sports and weight train can benefit from the evidence showing that it reduces muscle soreness and pain after a workout.
- Heart health: Cinnamon helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It also helps circulation and heart tissue repair.
- Brain health: There are studies showing that Cinnamon helps block harmful brain protein to lower the chances of neurological disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
- Blood sugar: Cinnamon has gained a reputation for being the diabetes hack because it helps lower blood sugar and boosts insulin sensitivity. We also know that it helps block digestive enzymes to slow down sugar absorption after eating a large meal. This is why many of the top chefs in the world make sure to always add Cinnamon to their desserts.
- Cancer: The secret to fighting cancer growth is cinnamaldehyde, which is a compound found in Cinnamon, which helps inhibit tumor growth and protect DNA from damage. There has been positive research in colon cancer. If you are at risk of cancer we strongly recommend using Cinnamon daily for these reasons.
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- Immune boost: If you ever feel like sickness is coming on then it is a good idea to take Cinnamon right away. It has the power to fight off fungus, viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can make you sick. Eastern doctors also routinely use it for candida.
- Teeth health: Cinnamon is used in high-quality toothpaste because it is great for combatting tooth decay, cavities, and infections in the mouth. If that wasn't enough reason to use it how about the fact that it also is fantastic for bad breath, which is why it is a common ingredient in chewing gum.
- Skin: Those that suffer from acne and skin allergies should try Cinnamon in oil form before they introduce themselves to harsh drugs.
How to use it in foods
There are some cool ways you can get creative with Cinnamon in the kitchen.
The first huge thing that Cinnamon does amazingly well is it naturally helps to preserve food and keep them lasting longer. So if you bake a cake or cookies, make pancakes, or want your dish to not go bad and stay fresh then you should be adding it every time. The best chefs in the world, who cook for athletes and the health conscious wealthy, know this already so they will always use it instead of other unhealthy preservatives.
The next way you can use Cinnamon is by replacing sugar with it. We all agree that sugar is our arch enemy and Cinnamon has significantly fewer calories, plus it will boost your insulin sensitivity to make it easier to lose weight.
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My favorite ways to use Cinnamon daily:
- Use it on your pancakes for breakfast instead of syrup.
- Instead of adding milk or sugar to your coffee, oatmeal and tea, add Cinnamon instead.
- If your kids still eat cereal then add some Cinnamon to it, it is super healthy for children and my 6 kids absolutely love it.
- Females love their morning yogurt, the problem is many of them will add things like chocolate chips. Convince your wife/girlfriend to use Cinnamon instead.
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Where to find
You can buy cinnamon in any grocery store as a stick to grind, or in powder form, to sprinkle on your food. To get the most out of it for medical benefits you want to use the extract and this is best going to be consumed as a supplement. You should also purchase an all in 1 product like Cardazol which has 100mgs of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) [Bark] Extract per serving, along with two dozen additional ingredients. You can find Cardazol at bannednutrition.com.
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