Spice it up! – Cinnamon

Getting mesmerized in the sweet smell of cinnamon or in it’s beautiful natural swirl shape in not uncommon. But did you know of it’s tremendous health benefits and where it came from?

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Where does cinnamon come from?
There are two different types of cinnamon. The spice is made from the inner tree bark of a tall tropical evergreen. Ceylon cinnamon “true cinnamon” which has a sweet flavour, comes from Sri Lanka. Cassia cinnamon is the most common and has a darker colour and deeper flavour and is native to Southeast Asia. Usually the bark and leaves are cut and dried. Cinnamon spice is the ground up dried tree bark.

Health benefits of cinnamon:
– Anti-inflammatory
– Natural sources of calcium, fibre, manganese and iron
– Lowers cholesterol
– Regulates blood pressure
– Anti-clotting
– Helps fight yeast infections
– Anti-bacterial
– Boosts brain health and memory
– Relief for pain caused by arthritis
– Helps prevent cancer
– Natural food preservative

Used in traditional remedies for:
– Painful menstruation/cramps
– Cold and Flu
– Indigestion
– Diarrhea
– Blood circulation

So add this brain-powering amazing spice to your diet and receive all the great benefits that cinnamon has to offer! Let’s SPICE IT UP!

For more information on cinnamon, check out these resources:
http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/plants/news-cinnamon-popular-asian-spice-tree
http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Where_Does_Cinnamon_Come_From
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-surprising-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html
http://www.botanical-online.com/english/cinnamon.htm

Photo credit: djwtwo via photopin cc

*This blog is not intended to give professional medical advice and you should always check with your healthcare practitioners before trying anything new or regularly.

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