Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Why Go Cinnamon

A warming spice that has been in use by different populations around the world for thousands of years is Cinnamon. It is not only delicious but it’s healthy, too. Researchers acclaim numerous health benefits of Cinnamon that may make you want to include it in your diet every day. Read here 15 reasons why you should go cinnamon:

1. It reduces LDL cholesterol levels, which may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. It has natural anti-infectious and anti-bacterial properties that are proven effective against ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria and other pathogens. Also, when added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
3. It reduces pain linked to arthritis. At many studies like one performed at the Department of Internal Medicine, Kangnam Korean Hospital, cinnamon reduces cytokines that are linked to arthritic pain. If a patient is given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast daily, a significant relief in arthritis pain after one week can be noticed and he/she could walk without pain within one month.
4. It is good for brain health. Various researches say smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
5. It fights E. Coli. Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
6. It regulates blood sugar and is therefore especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
7. Prevents cancer. In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
8. It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
9. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
10. It reduces headaches and migraines
11. It can treat diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and flatulence
12. It freshens your breath when chewed like cinnamon gum.
13. Reduces mold growth in bread products (is a fungicide)
14. Can increase resistance to and help fight the common cold by battling congestion and inducing perspiration
15. Reduces body temperature due to fever

Now to enjoy and splurge benefits of cinnamon include it in your platter today. Stay well.

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