YES! Cinnamon is a Superfood.
Sure it’s common, but don’t let that deceive you. You may have put it on toast as a kid and possibly took Cinnamon for granted. But it's a staple; if we had to relocate to the moon for 5 years and could only take 50 edible things, Cinnamon would be on the list!
Cinnamon has stood the test of time throughout many health and healing traditions. From Asia to the Americas, healers, intuitive doctors, and Shamans have used Cinnamon for a wide variety of ailments. In Chinese medicine it’s widely revered for its overall warming qualities, and its ability to help balance blood sugar levels. Ayurveda, the ancient healing system of India, often uses Cinnamon to stimulate circulation as well as to increase the bioavailability of other herbs. Ayurvedic healers prescribe remedies based on an individual’s Dosha. Ayurveda views Cinnamon as beneficial for people who are primarily the Kapha type (characterized as sturdy, heavy, calm, slow and moist) and the Vata type (thin, cold, prone to nervousness) since Cinnamon tends to have a heating and energizing effect. People who belong to the Pitta type (fiery, oily, sharp) can partake of Cinnamon in moderation.
- 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.
- In Ayurveda, Cinnamon is considered the best botanical to balance the excess Kapha effect of dairy products.
- Honey and Cinnamon combined have been found to relieve arthritis pain.
- When added to food, Cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
- Cinnamon can also help stabilize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss).
- 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.
Like many foods and spices, there’s no need to go overboard and eat 3 tablespoons all at once.
It’s generally better to use Cinnamon in quantities ranging from a 1/4 teaspoon to one teaspoon per day.
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