Some of my top reasons to shake a little cinnamon on to e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!
I love cinnamon! I mean…don’t we all? Yes it’s popular in baking and cooking but you know what? Besides making various foods and beverages smell and taste absolutely delicious it’s actually healthy for you too!
First off, cinnamon is a great source of manganese, iron, calcium and fibre. Now with that being said, we are often given the many healthy micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) contained in certain foods & spices but then we’re not always sure as to why we need each one, right? So let me give you a little insider information as to why we need these specific micronutrients. For starters, manganese is important in synthesizing fatty acids and cholesterol in our body and also helps our thyroid function normally. Iron, an essential mineral to the body, is required for the production of red blood cells and helps to carry oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body. Calcium as we know, is to help keep our bones healthy and strong. And then there’s fibre, it’s main role is to keep the human digestive system healthy by the removal of toxins in our body. Fibre also is known to lower cholesterol, keeps us feeling full and helps regulate our blood sugar levels.
Another reason to keep cinnamon out on your counter instead of hiding in your cupboard is because cinnamon has a very high orac level. Now you’re most likely wondering… what’s an orac level? Well, an orac level is what is used to determine the antioxidant level of a specific food or spice. In my many years of practice I’ve always told my clients to pile on the herbs and spices when cooking, not only for added flavor but because of their crazy high orac levels! Increasing your orac levels means you’re increasing your antioxidant levels, which in turn means you are helping your body prevent free radical damage on healthy cells.
Continuing to add cinnamon regularly to your diet has also been proven to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), provide arthritis relief, boost cognitive function, cure yeast infections and aid in maintaining blood sugar levels in the body. This is especially crucial for those with diabetes or even those trying to lose weight as controlling cravings will be easier with cinnamon around. Now seriously who wouldn’t want to reap these amazing health benefits?On a personal note, I put cinnamon to the test right at home. My daughter the other day had the beginnings of a sore throat and said it hurt to cough. So what did I do? I mixed 1 tbsp of honey with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and gave it to her. (By the way, she loved it!) I was to do it twice a day for three days, but guess what? She was better by day two! Who knew?! Both honey and cinnamon are antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal, so go ahead and try this mix for yourself and enjoy the wonderful benefits it has to offer. Have you tried it? Did it work for you?