We love cinnamon! One of our favourite spices that is commonly used in cooking, but has many health benefits (below) and could even help you lose weight. The best kind of cinnamon stick is the Ceylon cinnamon which is grown in Ceylon. The most common type of cinnamon is called Cassia, which can be harmful if consumed regularly.
Regulate blood sugar levels
Cinnamon has the ability to lower and regulate your blood sugar and keep your insulin levels low, so we don’t get that mid-afternoon energy slump and grab a high-sugar snack.
( BEAWARE cinnamon ice-cream, muffins, pastries etc.. will not help you lose weight!! )
Studies have shown that cinnamon has glucose lowering antioxidant properties, which can lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
A group of people were given 1-6 grams of powered cinnamon daily. After 40 days these people not only reduced their glucose levels but also reduced their cholesterol.
Cinnamon also reduces inflammation in the body. There are many causes of inflammation from stress, pollution, eating fruits and vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides, exercising, smoking and many others. A study was published that stated when women were given 3 grams of cinnamon powder daily, they experienced less muscle soreness than people who didn’t take the cinnamon.
Reduce tumor and cancer cells
Cinnamon has also been found to significantly hinder the growth of tumor cells and studies are underway to show that cinnamon could also destroy cancer cells.
Other health benefits of cinnamon include:
– inhibit bacterial growth
– contain other nutrients – iron, calcium, manganese and fiber
– reduces arthritis pain
– improves memory functions
– treats toothaches
– fights bad breath
– fights urinary tract infections
– assist digestion
– reduces anxiety
How do we use cinnamon sticks?, here are some great ideas:
– Preferably, crush the cinnamon stick into a powder with a spice grinder before using and use a strainer to get the fine powder. Don’t store it too long, otherwise it will lose it’s properties.
– Make a hot Ceylon cinnamon tea
– Add it to slow cooking oatmeal or cereal
– Add to fruits ( apples, pears, and bananas)
– Use it as a marinade for meats with other spices
– Mix with natural or Greek yogurt
– Add to your breakfast smoothies (yum!)
– Add to your coffee or tea ( highly recommended)
– Top off your homemade granola
– Make a ‘super powder‘ by grinding cinnamon with raw cacao powder, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and any other nuts you like in a grinder. Put it onto of your yogurt, cereal, oats or maybe in hot milk.
Ladies, don’t forget to grab your sticks at the reception in Peak. A little gesture from us to our lovely Peakers!