It not only serves to prepare delicious recipes: it helps against PMS and is a good disinfectant.
In autumn and winter, when temperatures drop, how can you not enjoy a rich chocolate-cream bowl with a little cinnamon? Without a doubt, a temptation to the senses. Coming from the cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum verum), a plant native to Sri Lanka, this brown spice is part of its bark. The exquisite aroma and flavor of cinnamon is very versatile in the kitchen, it is ideal to give a unique touch to drinks and desserts . But its benefits do not stop there; many of its properties are beneficial for your health.
Here are some benefits of cinnamon:
- Premenstrual Syndrome PMS alleviates
Its generous amount of manganese can help reduce abdominal pain and other symptoms of PMS. The suggested amount to alleviate or prevent these discomforts is 5.6 mg of this mineral, without exceeding 11 mg (about 12 rods). In addition, its content of cinnamaldehyde has a hormonal regulating effect in women.
- Lowers bad LDL cholesterol
This spice can act by lowering triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in the blood, helping to prevent cardiovascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis. In this sense it can also act indirectly, during the metabolism of fats and sugars.
- Antimicrobial action
Cinnamon oil has a powerful anti-bacterial action, making it a natural option to disinfect your home. Mix cinnamon with hydrogen peroxide and apply in areas of the kitchen where food is prepared, so you will prevent E-coli and other pathogenic bacteria. For the rest of the house mix cinnamon powder with water and apply. It also eliminates fungi from the candid family. Drink Ceylon-cinnamon tea by adding droplets of cinnamon oil to fight candidiasis.
- Regulates blood sugar
It has properties that help regulate blood glucose, being especially beneficial for those suffering from type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
- Fights cancer
Cinnamon oil has been shown to be effective in literally starving cancer cells. This thanks to its balancing action of blood sugar, which limits the supply of sugar that the cancer cells feed on. Good results have been seen treating malignant leukemia cells, gastric cancer, colon cancer, lymphomas and melanomas.
- Lose weight
Good alternative for those who suffer from diabetes and overweight. By increasing the ability of insulin to metabolize sugar, cinnamon can help you reduce the cravings for sweet things. So you will consume less harmful sugars and fewer calories.
- Promise against Alzheimer’s
A recent study from the University of Santa Barbara, shows that cinnamon compounds (epicatechin, cinnamaldehyde) can prevent the development of filamentous entanglements in brain cells characteristic of Alzheimer’s. It also has properties to improve memory, alertness and cognitive development.
You can consume it in branches, ground, in essential oil or as a pure supplement (extract) . Make sure to consume the original spice (Cinnamomum verum), Ceylan or Sri Lanka, since in the United States Cassia is usually sold as this spice, but it is not. Remember to consult with your doctor to ensure adequate consumption for you. And enjoy the benefits of cinnamon!