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– The item in your pantry you have overlooked until today!
Cinnamon is a well-known spice with less than well-known health and weight-loss benefits.
While you know cinnamon as a spice in your pantry – you would not think about it sitting in the medicine cabinet as an agent to help control your blood sugar, reduce your triglycerides (fat floating in your bloodstream) and lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
You probably don’t realize when you are shopping in the vitamin stores for weight loss solutions that the same cinnamon in your pantry could also be lined up right along-side the weight loss pills, oils and extracts.
For cinnamon, the old adage seems to apply: You could spend your whole life searching for something that is already right in front of you – or – already right in your pantry anyway.
The Science of Cinnamon…
Cinnamon is derived from cinnamomum zeylanicum, a small evergreen tree found in tropical climates, particularly the Caribbean, South America and Southeast Asia.
The common name cinnamon has actually been shortened over the years from ceylon cinnamon stemming from the Hebraic and Arabic term “amomon” which means fragrant spice plant. (Source)
There are two different types of cinnamon. While they are both obtained from the same plant they have different nutritional and health related values.
1) Ceylon cinnamon – sometimes referred to as cinnamomum verum which, translated means ‘true cinnamon’. Ceylon cinnamon is the more expensive cinnamon. This type is produced in Sri Lanka and has a mild, sweet flavor.
2) Cinnamomum cassia – sometimes called cinnamomum aromaticaum is commonly referred to as “cassia cinnamon”, “Chinese cinnamon” or “Saigon cinnamon”. Cassia cinnamon is principally produced in Indonesia and has a strong smell and flavor. Cassia a cheaper variety of cinnamon that you usually buy in the grocery store to sprinkle over baked apples or French toast. Cassia cinnamon contains high levels of coumarin which can be damaging to the liver in high quantities.
To harvest cinnamon the pulp inside the evergreen is scraped, ground and then dried into cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon is graded according to quality. Grade A is the cinnamon with the most intense flavor, aroma and oil content.
The History of Cinnamon…
Records show that cinnamon has been prized since 2000 BC when Egyptians considered it to be a remedy for nearly all difficulties or diseases; they used it for medical purposes and for embalming their dead. The ancient Romans used cinnamon in wines, as an aphrodisiac as a perfume and in beauty-salve.
In the year 1760 all of Holland smelled of cinnamon when Amsterdam’s stockpile of cinnamon was burned in an effort to keep prices at a premium. During this same period – anyone under Dutch control who was found illegally selling a single stick of cinnamon was faced with the penalty of death. (Source)
How to Identify Cinnamon…
Real/Ceylon Cinnamon is light brown in color, thin and soft in appearance, delicate and sweet. When looking at a stick of real cinnamon the roll is filled up on the inside like a cigar would be.
Cassia cinnamon on the other hand comes in the form of a thick dark brown hollow tube. The aroma is harsh and the taste is flat.
Real cinnamon has a coumarin content of 0.004% while cassia contains 5% coumarin.
The Nutritional Profile of Cinnamon…
As recorded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ten grams of cinnamon contains:
- Energy: 24.7 kcal
- Carbohydrates: 8.06 g
- Protein: 0.4 g
- Fat: 0.12 g
40 Health Benefits of Cinnamon…
As reported by Medical News Today and the National Institutes of Health, health professionals have yet to establish recommended dosages however numerous studies have proven cinnamon to be helpful in treating:
1) Muscle spasms
4) Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
6) Urinary-Tract Infections
7) Yeast Infections
8) The Common Cold
9) Sore Throat
11) Cardiovascular risk factors
12) Erectile dysfunction
13) Stomach Bug/Flu
14) Alzheimers Disease
16) Multiple Sclerosis
17) The negative effects of high fat meals – For a complete Fat-Loss System click here.
19) Tiredness / Memory Loss
23) Tooth Decay
24) Gum Disease
26) Free Radicals (Anti-oxidant)
27) High Blood Sugar
28) Lipids Levels
30) LDL cholesterol levels
31) Fungal Infections
32) Gas (Flatulence)
33) Stomach Spasms
36) Chest Pain
37) Kidney Disorder
39) Arthritis Pain
We’ll go into detail about each one of these points within another article.
Cassia cinnamon is also used in nasal sprays, mouthwashes, gargles, toothpaste and in suntan lotions.
5 Household Uses for Cinnamon…
Cinnamon has also proven helpful as a:
- Massage Therapy Warming Agent
- Odor Neutralizer
- Food Preservative
- Antibacterial/Natural Disinfectant
- Insect Repellant
…Last, but certainly not least, cinnamon has been proven to help with Weight Loss.
Cinnamon for Weight Loss – Sweet Tasting, Sweeter Results…
According to a British University study published in a Women’s World magazine cinnamon may just be the next new ‘miracle diet pill’ for weight loss – particularly for helping to banish the stubborn fat around the belly.
During the study, a test group in England was given 500 milligram cinnamon pills to take with their daily meals. Each participant took one pill at breakfast, two at lunch and one pill at dinner. At the end of the study those taking the cinnamon pill:
- Lost 500% more weight
- Lost 300% more fat in the belly/abdomen area
…than the control group taking the placebo pill.
Perfect foods to mix with Cinnamon…
Cinnamon is a delicious additive to:
- Coffee: It can be sprinkled over coffee grounds before the cup is brewed or sprinkled into a single cup of coffee.
- Apples/apple sauce
- Oatmeal / Porridge
- Sweet Potatoes
- Grilled fruit
- Cooked veggies
Cinnamon Detox Drink Recipe…
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
Mix all of the above with 12 oz. of water
Choosing the Right Cinnamon…
It is important to check which type of cinnamon you are using. Remember that cassia cinnamon is high coumarin content can be dangerous in large quantities – while at the same time – it is the best type for promoting healthy blood glucose levels.
When it comes to food preparation, Ceylon cinnamon provides the best flavor, quality and overall health benefits. However there have not been adequate studies performed to prove or Ceylon cinnamon’s effects on blood glucose levels.
To be safe – look for water-soluble cinnamon extracts. Because coumarin is fat-soluble, water-soluble extracts can increase the active chemicals in cinnamon that help lower glucose while minimizing or eliminating the negative effects of the coumarin.
The Bottom Line…
While it is important to check with your doctor before using cinnamon to treat any of your above ailments, it is clear that unless you have a cinnamon allergy, your body could greatly benefit from sprinkling more of this spice throughout your daily diet.
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