Week 6 – Day 7

We use it in apple and pumpkin pies, we sprinkle it on toast, we add it to coffee or oatmeal… and it smells wonderful! I’m talking about cinnamon.

According to the dictionary, cinnamon is the aromatic inner bark of any of several East Indian trees belonging to the genus Cinnamonum, of the laurel family, especially the bark of C. zeylanicum (Ceylon cinnamon) used as a spice, or that of C. loureirii (Saigon cinnamon) used in medicine as a cordial and carminative.

Mao Shing Ni, a guest researcher for Dr. Oz wrote about the 5 Spices to Invigorate Energy and Health. Amongst those five spices is cinnamon. Many clinical studies have linked cinnamon consumption to lowered blood sugar. Both in vitro and human studies show improvement in insulin sensitivity with cinnamon polyphenols, as well as total and LDL cholesterol.

Cinnamon is also thought to detoxify the system and stimulate brain function. Its antiseptic properties give it the ability to fight bladder infection, and if taken in the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, a cup of strong cinnamon tea might just nip a bladder infection in the bud.

Healthdiaries.com indicate that studies have found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. it is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium and has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

I like to sprinkle it on my oatmeal, on my fresh apples and include it in some of my teas.