Healthy Beginnings

4 Reasons to Add More Cinnamon to Your Diet

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Mmm, cinnamon. It’s delicious in our morning coffee and tea, and it’s a wonderful addition to any sweet baked good or savory dish. Aside from cinnamon’s distinct, pungent and slightly sweet flavor, there’s great reason to use cinnamon for more than pleasing your taste buds.

Cinnamon contains anti- inflammatory compounds that help relieve pain and stiffness caused by arthritis. It is also known to enhance antioxidant defenses by warding off E. coli and other bacteria, prevent urinary tract infections and help control blood sugar.

Need more reasons to dash some cinnamon in your favorite foods? Cinnamon is also known to:

  1. Calm inflammation. Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory, in part due to its cinnamaldehyde content. The antioxidants 
in cinnamon help fight inflammation, which plays a
role in the development of various diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis,
brain tumors and meningitis. Cinnamaldehyde may also fight various kinds of infection, as cinnamon oil has been shown to treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. “It can also inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella,” according to an article published by Authority Nutrition. “The antimicrobial effects of cinnamon may also help prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath.”
  2. Boost brain function. The scent of cinnamon boosts brain function – merely smelling cinnamon can improve memory and visual-motor speed. Cinnamon is a good source 
 of manganese, a powerful antioxidant that is crucial for brain health.
  3. Curb food cravings and promote weight loss. Cinnamon reduces blood glucose concentration and enhances insulin sensitivity. “In obese
and healthy-weight individuals, cinnamon is also effective
in moderating postprandial glucose response (or the amount of sugar in your blood after a meal),” according to an article published by Dr. Mercola, a well-known natural health expert. “By helping to regulate blood sugar spikes, cinnamon may have a favorable impact on hunger and weight gain.”
  4. Soothe a sore throat or cough. Cinnamon’s antibacterial properties can help relieve sore throats and fight infection. To soothe a sore throat or cough, soak cinnamon sticks in warm water and create cinnamon water with a water-soluble fiber called mucilage.

Fresh applesauce for your holiday feast:

Don’t reach for the applesauce jar at the store – try this healthy, organic and simple recipe to wow your taste buds, and your dinner guests.

  • 6 organic apples peeled, cored & sliced (about 6 C)
  • 1⁄2 C organic apple juice
  • 1 TSP ground cinnamon (or, to taste)

Put the apple slices and the apple juice in a saucepan with a lid. Cook, covered over low heat, until the apples are tender and most of the liquid
is absorbed – about 10 to 20 minutes. Break up
the apples using a fork or pour the mixture into
a blender and blend until smooth. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and stir until it is thoroughly integrated into the apples. Let the apples cool for a few minutes or longer, depending on whether you want to serve them warm or cold.

Recipe derived from Andrew Weil, M.D. and Rosie Daley’s “The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life, and Spirit”

References

  1. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ archive/2015/11/09/surprising-cinnamon-benefits.aspx
  2. http://blog.brainhq.com/2014/07/28/5-proven-brain- benefits-of-cinnamon/
  3. https://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of- cinnamon/