Did you know that herbs and spices contain many health benefits? Current research is exploringt
he therapeutic effects of various different herbs and spices.
Cinnamon is a spice that originates from the dried inner bark of a type of evergreen trees, called Cinnamomum, and is considered to be one of the first known spices.
There are two main types of cinnamon:
- Ceylon cinnamon – often considered to be “true cinnamon”
- Cassia cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon– originates from southern China and is typically less expensive than Ceylon cinnamon.
**Cassia cinnamon powder contains coumarin, a blood thinning agent. For those taking blood thinning agents or with liver disease, it may be safer to consume Ceylon cinnamon instead of Cassia cinnamon. **
Many of the healthy properties of cinnamon are still being researched. However, some studies have shown that cinnamon contains the following health benefits:
Antioxidants function in the body by preventing or limiting the damage of free radicals (compounds responsible for damaging cells). The antioxidant properties of cinnamon may play a role in reducing insulin resistance and diabetes complications.
The anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon may also play a role in reducing insulin resistance and diabetes complications.
Improved blood lipid levels
Research has indicated that in some patients with type 2 diabetes, consuming cinnamon at a therapeutic level (1,00mg of supplement of ½ teaspoon cinnamon spice) may improve blood lipid levels.
Cinnamaldehyd, a chemical found in Cassia cinnamon, could help fight against bacterial and fungal infections.
Improved insulin action
Cinnamon slows the rate of which the stomach empties after a meal, resulting in a more even blood sugar level. Research also suggests that 1,000 mg of supplemental cinnamon (or about 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon spice) daily may significantly lower hemoglobin A1c in type 2 patients with poorly controlled diabetes.
**For those with type 1 diabetes, it is important to be careful with cinnamon supplementation and consumption as the cinnamon may cause insulin to be more effective and lead to hypoglycemia.**
Looking for ways consume more cinnamon?
- Sprinkle on oatmeal
- Sprinkle on coffee grinds before brewing
- Sprinkle on toast with nut butter
- Add it to baked apples, bears, or bananas
- Sprinkle on ice cream or yogurt
Don’t like the taste of cinnamon?
Try diffusing the cinnamon oil in an essential oil diffuser. While some studies have shown that smelling cinnamon can boost brain function, the health benefits of diffusing cinnamon oil are not adequately researched at this point. None the less, this essential oil recipe will fill your house with the warm, cozy smells of winter.
Spiced Citrus Recipe
Recipe from theprariehomestead.com
- 3 drops wild orange essential oil
- 2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 1 drop clove essential oil
Combine with water in a cold air diffuser.