Reach For The Spice Of Life

Cinnamon, as well as many other spices we use to flavor our foods, actually have numerous health benefits when used regularly.  Besides making your oatmeal tastier, cinnamon can help lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise your good cholesterol (HDL) and helps the body burn stored fat.  Regular consumption may lessen the effects of high-fat content meals by reducing the after meal blood sugar, aiding in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.  It helps muscle cells remove sugar from the bloodstream and has a positive effect on blood markers.

This amazing spice has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties and research suggests it may even help prevent the HIV virus from entering cells.  It can aid in clearing lung congestion and, like garlic, it can help fight bad breath and IBS.

Its antioxidant and free radical properties may slow the signs of aging and even slow the growth of cancer cells.  It can help with systematic inflammation, reducing headaches and arthritis and boosts circulation and energy by increasing blood flow.  Adding it to a warm, soaking bath can also alleviate muscle pain.  It can even assist women in the treatment of endometriosis, menorrhagia, uterine fibroids and cramps.

It contains epicatechin, compounds that boost brain neurons that, like dark chocolate, can assist with the treatment of ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases and improve motor functions.  It can help increase muscle mass from satellite cells that surround muscles used to repair and restore tissues.  Even the cinnamon scent itself can boost brain function as well!

Cinnamon comes in ground powder, sticks, bark oil, and capsules and can be added to apple water, tea, coffee, oatmeal, tapioca, bakery items and endless other possibilities.  Be careful to use Ceylon cinnamon and NOT Cassia since Cassia has a high concentration which in large doses can cause liver toxicity and have blood thinning actions and can reduce the good bacteria in your gut.

With all the health benefits you can reap from regularly adding cinnamon to your diet, isn’t it worth a consideration?

 


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