Nothing says the holidays better than cinnamon. When you catch a whiff of this fragrant spice, you are instantly transported to a holiday wonderland. It was the spice of nobility and gods of old and now it is a spice that no kitchen should be without.
It is most commonly used and recognized in its powdered form but it is actually a bark from an evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka, Cinnamomum verum. This spice is widely used in baking here in the west. In the east, it is not uncommon to use cinnamon in savory dishes like the beef rendang we cooked up recently.
10 Benefits of Cinnamon:
- Lowers LDL Cholesterol
- Good for Diabetes - helps regulate blood sugar levels
- Yeast Infections - stops some medication resistant strains
- Reduces Cancer Cells - studies show cinnamon to reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells
- Relieves Indigestion - a dash of cinnamon powder with two tablespoons of honey taken before eating relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals
- Anti-coagulant - prevents blood from clotting
- Pain Relief - some studies have shown that cinnamon combined with honey relieved some arthritis pain
- Food Preservative - cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth
- Improves Cognitive Function and Memory - the scent of cinnamon is said to awaken the senses
- Resists E.Coli - some studies have shown that cinnamon is resistant to the e. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices
- Source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium
To have a festive smelling house, simply boil a stick of cinnamon in water.
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