Week 7 – Day 7

CINNAMON.
cinnamon
From Dr. Oz’s site, an article really peeked my curiosity about this wonderful spice. According to Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., PhD, Cinnamon is considered one of the top five spices to invigorate energy and health.

Cinnamon for Healing Properties

In the US, cinnamon is usually thought of as the delicious spice in apple pie filling, but in other parts of the world, especially India and Asia, cinnamon has been used as a healing herb for centuries. Research is finally catching up to the wisdom of the East; 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.

Organicauthiority.com lists 11 benefits of cinnamon –

* 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
* Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body.
* Cinnamon has antifungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.
* Cinnamon can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
* Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
* Honey and Cinnamon combined has been found to relieve arthritis pain.
* When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
* Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
* Cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
* Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief.
* Cinnamon can also help stablize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss). A couple of dashes in your morning tea or cereal is all it takes!

Please take care when adding cinnamon to your diet – don’t go overboard since too much cinnamon can be toxic to your system. I add cinnamon to coffee, oatmeal, my lowfat banana bread and in yogurt.