About the amazing benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon was highly prized in ancient times. Its usage dates back over 4000 years. Small amounts mellow sharp flavors and infuse foods with depth and sweetness. Like many culinary spices, cinnamon also has healing properties. It contains manganese, fiber, iron and calcium.
Just half a teaspoon has been found to regulate blood sugar levels making it especially beneficial in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon has an anti-clogging effect on blood as well.
Half a teaspoon per day may also lower LDL cholesterol, and according to a study at Copenhagen University ~ patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with one tablespoon of honey every morning had significant relief from arthritis pain in less than 1 week and could walk without pain in 1 month.
One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
It is a natural preservative and researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights E.coli bacteria in unpasturized juices. It has antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic qualities that make it effective against yeast infections and the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.
Most recently, cinnamon has been used to help smokers curb urges for tobacco.
Add this extremely beneficial spice to your diet by using half a stick to scent a pot of rice, a shake or two over squash to enhance the sweetness, or dust in flour to enliven your piecrust!