Don’t Think of Cinnamon As Just A Spice: Cinnamon is a Superfood

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Don't Think of Cinnamon As Just A Spice: Cinnamon is a Superfood

Being one of the most anti-oxidant rich herbs on the planet, cinnamon has been considered to be one of the most popular and demanded spices in all of the world for centuries. Cinnamon is a superfood as it has an ORAC score ( which measures antioxidant levels) of 131,420, whereas blueberries are at 9,621. Traditional Chinese medicine has been using the medicinal properties of cinnamon for many centuries to successfully treat a variety of diseases such as nausea, diarrhea, bloating, and painful menstruation. Cinnamon is made from the bark of the cinnamon tree which is dried and rolled into sticks. Cinnamon can also can be ground into a powder.

But don’t think of cinnamon as just a spice: It is a SUPER FOOD

  • Cinnamon is a superfood because it contains a large quantity of useful substances, which makes it an effective and natural tonic.  Cinnamon contains B group Vitamins  (B1 – B3, B6, B9), vitamin E, K and beta-carotene.
  • Cinnamon is a superfood because it contains a large number of microelements: calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper.
  • It also contains the essential substance – choline, which has to be consumed to maintain health. Choline is involved in the synthesis of the phospholipids, phosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin, which are structural components of all human cell membranes.
  • The amazing source of cinnamon’s healing properties are the various terpenoids found in cinnamon (which is high in antioxidant proanthocyanins).
  • Cinnamon is also used to stimulate circulation. It significantly reduces the level of sugar in the blood, therefore, it is recommended for diabetics.
  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties of cinnamon protect our body from candidiasis and bacteria Helicobacter Pylori, which can cause stomach ulcers. Cinnamon can also help in the treatment of drug-resistant forms of fungal infections.
  • Everyone knows the benefits of cinnamon for the cardiovascular system. Cinnamon is a natural anticoagulant, decreases platelet activation in individuals with an increased risk of blood clots.
  • Cinnamon improves the blood supply to the brain, heart, peripheral organs and improves metabolic activity. A study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, proved that cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
  • The use of cinnamon removes puffiness, as it is a mild diuretic. You can add cinnamon in a variety of  dishes to improve digestion. Hot tea with honey and cinnamon – an effective remedy for colds. It has been scientifically proven that the consumption of cinnamon can improve memory and help improve cognitive function of the brain.

In order to reduce oxidation (the loss of important nutrients), cinnamon should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place. Ground cinnamon can be stored for up to six months; whereas cinnamon sticks can be kept for about a year. You can also keep it in the refrigerator. Make sure to smell it periodically to check its freshness.

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