Cinnamon is one of the world’s expensive spice that is gained from the branches of the tree “Cinnamomum”, which belongs to the laurel family. Cinnamon was a highly priced spice that has been used since early 200BC in Egypt mainly as an Aromatic Condiment in preparing meals and as a medicine to treat medical conditions such as cough, sore throat and arthritis.
Many scientist from around the world has proved that cinnamon contains certain health beneficial properties. Presently Cinnamon is stated as the second largest popular spice in Europe after black pepper. Many people consume Cinnamon to treat health conditions in related to digestive system, less appetite, diabetes and bronchitis. And there are some benefits that can be obtained from Cinnamon oil that is it can be used to cure and treat some fungal infections such as Candida.
Cinnamon also plays a vital role in treating patients with type two diabetes by improving the glucose and lipid levels. Cinnamon has the power to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. If type two diabetes patients can consume 6 grams of Cinnamon per day they get the benefit to reduce the levels of serum glucose, LDL Cholesteroland triglyceride. Some Indian studies have recently proved that Cinnamon can be used to treat some parts of HIV therapy.
Health Benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon
The health benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon is mainly obtained from the bark of the tree. One teaspoon of Cinnamon contains nutrients namely 19 calories, zero grams of sugar, fat and protein, 4 grams of fiber, 4 percent of iron, 8 percent of calcium, 68 percent of manganese and 3 percent of vitamin K. There is no exactly an established dose to consume Cinnamon, but the dose basically ranges from 2 to 6 grams per day. But if anyone consume more than that it may be toxic.
There are some unproven side effects of Cinnamon as well, overdose of cinnamon may irritate lips and mouth by causing sores, and sometimes it might be allergic to certain people by causing skin redness and irritation. Consuming high amounts of Cinnamon or taking Cinnamon as a supplement might be toxic to patients with liver problems. Even though Cinnamon helps in treating people with diabetes, they should fine-tune the dose of Cinnamon and daily meals because it may lower blood sugar.
Cinnamon is harvested twice a year, so that anyone can purchase it from supermarkets from all around the world. Cinnamon comes in a form of power and as a stick, power formed Cinnamon can be kept in storage for months, whereas stick formed Cinnamon can be kept for years. Power formed Cinnamon is used as an ingredient in preparing sweet and savory meals.
It can also be used in preparing desserts, tarts and cakes. Cinnamon can also be used in preparing drinks such as tea, mulled wine and hot chocolate. When preparing meals and flavoring, Cinnamon can be mixed with almond, carrot, oranges and figs. Cinnamon as an Aromatic Condiment is referred to as a remarkable source of energy since it is a spice with high antioxidant content.