Seven Super Spices…next!

13 Nov

Okay.  We covered the first super healthy spice.  Cumin.  Have you had fun with it?  I hope so because I am having a blast with it.  As promised, we are on to the next super healthy spice.  We will stay with the brown spices and go to…cinnamon!

Cinnamon has been a show stealer lately, and become very much in vogue with news outlets touting it’s benefits.  Lets break it down and take a look here.  Cinnamon has a very long history, actually dating back to early Egypt.  Cinnamon has been used to treat maladies of all kinds for centuries.  Great news…not only does it greatly please our olfactory senses (our nose), it really is a super spice!

The health benefits making cinnamon one of the seven super spices include:

  • According to studies, cinnamon is good for the digestive tract and aids digestion.  It is good for IBS as well as a simple tummy ache.  Infuse some tea with cinnamon and relax!
  • Cinnamon is high in manganese.  What does that mean?   Manganese is great for bone health, and may help prevent osteoporosis.
  •  Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidant properties.  Antioxidants are good for healthy cell reproduction and benefits the entire body!  Antioxidants not only prevent cell damage, it can repair cell damage as well.
  • Cinnamon has been shown to reduce arthritis pain.  Added bonus:  It has been proven to help menstrual pain too!  It can reduce pain by acting as an anti-inflammatory.

I do not recommend eating cinnamon by itself or adding it to cold drinks.  It may be harsh tasting and not palatable.  For health benefits, try adding it to baked dishes or hot beverages.  Add it to tea, coffee,  hot oatmeal, or to pancake batter.  Sometimes I sprinkle cinnamon on my coffee grounds prior to brewing.  It not only smells great, it tastes fantastic!  As with anything though, moderation is key for optimal benefits.  1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day is a great start!

Store your cinnamon tightly in a glass jar.  Keep the jar in a cool dark place.  Storing cinnamon in the kitchen is fine but make sure not to store it above the stove!  Put it in a cabinet far from any heat source.  Also, buy it in small amounts so it is sure to always be fresh!  It should not be in your kitchen for more than 6 months.  Boost your health benefits and start adding cinnamon as part of your daily nutrition today!

P.S.  Cinnamon has a potential naughty side…some folks consider it an aphrodisiac.  It can warm the body and lead to a boost in sex drive.  Consider yourself warned!

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