Cinnamon – a miracle in a half teaspoon

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health benefits of cinnamon - miracle in a half teaspoon

Cinnamon is an evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka and Southern India. Its bark is very commonly used as the spice we all know as cinnamon. The original one is the Ceylon cinnamon, also known as true cinnamon, which is mostly used in Europe.

However, there are many related spices, also labeled as “cinnamon”, which is incorrect. For example, the most commonly sold in US and Canada actually is called cassia, distinguished from true cinnamon as Indonesian cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon. It comes from Southern China.

Cassia is a very close relative to the “true cinnamon”, but its flavor is less delicate than that of the true one and that is why it is less expensive.

Cinnamon sticks (quills) are 5-10 cm long rolls of thin dried bark and can be grated into “cinnamon powder”. Most people prefer sticks to powder, because the sticks (if stored properly) can be kept fresh and flavorous for 2-3 years, while powder can last fresh for six months only.

Cinnamon nutrition facts

It may sound unbelievable that a half teaspoon of cinnamon contains antioxidants called polyphenols, about 1 gram fiber and less than 1 gram carbohydrate, and is rich in vitamins – C, K, and minerals – 28 grams calcium, iron, manganese.

Health benefits of cinnamon

The health benefits of these wonderful spices have been known and used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine. Cinnamon was used as an embalming agent in ancient Egypt, because of its preservation effect.

Traditional medicine has recommended cinnamon for digestive disorders -indigestion, gas and bloating, heartburn, diarrhea.

Modern medicine has confirmed these health benefits of cinnamon and has added some more, such as anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal effects.

A half teaspoon of powdered Ceylon cinnamon or tea from Ceylon cinnamon bark per day may help you to:

  • significantly reduce blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetic patients*
  • improve insulin sensitivity
  • improve cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • normalize blood sugar levels of non-diabetics as well
  • lower high blood pressure
  • lose weight and maintain it
  • lower the risk for heart disease

* Despite all these health benefits of cassia, it should not be used in place of anti-diabetic drugs.

In my next post I will reveal some interesting facts about cinnamon weight loss effect, and will share with you my favorite cinnamon recipes.

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11 thoughts on “Cinnamon – a miracle in a half teaspoon

  1. I ordered the stick form Ceylon cinnamon, I was wondering if it could be boiled to make the tea and kept in the frig and add the honey as you drink it. If so how much water to a stick. Thanks…..Pat

  2. I usually drink Cinnamon without honey drink only before drinking my Coffee , After 1 hour I used to drink Coffee.But in Night i am not Following that ,But i reduced my weight 2 Kg in a week , Is this correct or not i wants to know that, and one more thing if i stop drinking cinnamon means , again my increases ? kindly tell me

  3. if i stop drinking cinnamon means , again my weight increases ? i wants to know that
    kindly tell me

  4. How do you drink the cinnamon and honey?
    How much of each and how often should you drink it to see weight loss?

  5. I tried to drink it today in morning, but after that I felt sick in my stomach. I wanted to do vomiting and I had headachy. After 1 hour I felt better. Perhaps was the measure problem or the way I prepared. I don’t know why was this problem. Tell me please can use it again in evening?
    Thank you.

  6. One fourth tsp.Cinnamon podwer+ one tbsp. honey + two tbsp.lemon juice with one cup warm water in empty stomach first thing in the morning worked wonders for me, a Type 2 diabetic,with BP on high side and bad cholestrol too.Results can be known in just 3/4 days.

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