From beyond borders, all through ancient history, found in religious text, used as incents, in perfumes, traditional herbal medicine, spells and spice. The cinnamon tree is an Asian member of the laurel family, it has brown papery bark and leathery textured leaves that produces yellow flowers followed by little purple berries during summertime.
In the western world, the use of cinnamon is popular in preparing soups, cereals, deserts and marinades, while in some Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India cinnamon is added to almost every type of dish.
- Scientific name – Cinnamomun Verum / Ceylon cinnamon ( true cinnamon) & Cinnamomun Cassia ( from southern china)
- Origin– Sri Lanka
- Method– removing the inner bark, tooled and dried.
Nutritional values of 1 tsp of cinnamon
- Cal- 6
- Dietary fiber – 1.4 g
- Calcium – 2%
- Iron – 1%
Health benefits of cinnamon
In midieval times, traditional herbalist used cinnamon to treat conditions like sore throat, coughs and arthritis. Today, modern research indicates that cinnamon may have some real health benefits after all.
Cinnamon may help relive symptoms of
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of appetite
- Fight bacterial & Fungal Infections
- Help lower blood pressure
- Help fight type 2 diabetes
- Lower triglyceride levels
- Lower Cholesterol levels
- Help prevent Alzheimers
- Fight against hiv 1& hiv 2
- Stop destructive effects of multiple sclerosis
Side effects of cinnamon
Many people are allergic or sensitive to cinnamon probably because it contains a compound called coumarin which has been linked by multiple studies to liver damage.
The daily recommended intake of cinnamon should not exceed 4-6 mg / 1/2 tsp or 0.07 kg of body weight per day.
Cinnamon tea for weightloss
- 8 fl oz Cup of hot water
- A pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1/2 tsp of ginger fresh or powder
- 1 slice of lemon
Mix all the ingredients and let sit for ten minutes, drink twice daily along with a 2000 calorie diet plan to lose up to 100 lbs in 2 weeks.
Facts about cinnamon
- The worlds #1 producer of cinnamon is Sri Lanka
- In ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used in the embalming process.
- The inner bark of the cinnamon tree is what we use as spice.