cinnamon – healthy superfoods – by Dr. Alberto Parra
Hidden benefits of cinnamon you should know
by Dr. Mariangel Leota
Cinnamon is a spice known for thousands of years and its cultivation began on the island of Sri Lanka, near India. Its properties were very studied by all traditional oriental medicines and today, many of its effects were proven by scientists
Cinnamon has a characteristic color, smell and taste. Its use is very popular in the kitchen, it is enough to eat a small portion to be able to enjoy all its benefits.
This spice is a rich source of magnesium, iron, calcium, fiber and vitamins C and B1. It is effective to treat diarrhea, indigestion, abdominal distension and, even, it is used as an immune stimulant. In addition, it has expectorant properties and relieves respiratory symptoms by clearing the airways.
In relation to macronutrients, this powerful spice contains (per 100g of cinnamon)
- 59 g of Carbohydrates
- 1 g of Fiber
- 1 g of Protein
Benefits of cinnamon
Cinnamon, very famous for its application in natural therapy against various diseases, contains a large number of vitamins that are essential for the functioning of the human body. In recent years, its benefits have been confirmed by the studies of science and its effectiveness has been proven as an alternative treatment against cancer.
Controls blood sugar levels
In the case of people suffering from diabetes mellitus type 2, the compound B1 cinnamtannin present in cinnamon acts as a stimulating factor of insulin receptors which helps it can be released in the necessary quantities thus increasing the capacity for use of blood glucose.
In the processes of Type 2 Diabetes, an insulin resistance is generated by the cells, so the glucose cannot be processed and accumulates in the blood, causing damage to everyone to the organs, in this case, has shown that this compound contained in cinnamon is able to reverse this cell damage and increase sensitivity to insulin so that it can metabolize glucose. This effect of cinnamon is an alternative natural treatment for diabetes.
Eliminates bile salts favoring digestion
Bile salts are compounds formed by the liver as waste material, these bile salts are produced by the consumption of excessive high fat foods. These bile salts can be produced in excess by an inadequate diet like the excess of fatty foods and the lack of dietary fiber.
The digestive system is also favored by the benefits of cinnamon. Some of its components such as dietary fiber, iron and calcium, adhere to bile salts and help eliminate them from the body; These bile salts can be harmful to the colon if they are not properly eliminated. Cinnamon helps regulate the intestinal rhythm, so it is possible to use it as an antidiarrheal as well as to treat irritable bowel problems.
Relieves pregnancy discomfort
The consumption of cinnamon is very common in pregnancy. Do you know why? Because it contains proteins with very specific functions that act as anti-inflammatories and natural analgesics. These natural analgesics are able to reduce the discomforts that are very common during pregnancy. Cinnamon should be eaten in moderation, about two teaspoons a day in any food such as oatmeal, milk, smoothie or any dessert, is enough.
Dietary fiber also helps stop nausea and reduce vomiting that is very uncomfortable during pregnancy. Cinnamon is also able to stimulate the appetite lost during this stage, its proteins stimulate the taste buds and the sense of taste.
Relieves respiratory infections
Cinnamon contains cell growth factors especially targeted to white blood cells, so in cinnamon consumption improves the immune system, keeping us more protected from respiratory infections.
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect also relieves discomfort caused by influenza and respiratory infections.
Relieves premenstrual syndrome
Cinnamon, like other spices, is an excellent source of bioactive magnesium capable of reducing abdominal pain and other symptoms caused by premenstrual syndrome.
Magnesium and its analgesic properties are the perfect ally to considerably reduce the pain during the premenstrual syndrome, giving you a feeling of comfort to be able to work and perform your daily activities.
Including cinnamon in your recipes is very easy, cinnamon is very versatile and you can include them in sweet or salty foods. The suggested amount to alleviate or prevent these discomforts is 5.6 mg of this mineral, not exceeding 11 mg (about 12 rods). In addition, its content of cinnamaldehyde has a hormonal regulating effect in women.
Lose weight eating cinnamon
Cinnamon, also known as a hot spice, is able to reactivate the metabolism. If you notice that you diet, exercise and even then, do not lose weight, perhaps your metabolism is totally paralyzed. This can be normal and you should not worry, diets high in fat, carbohydrates and few dietary fibers tend to slow down the metabolism, making it difficult to lose weight.
Cinnamon is able to reactivate metabolism helping you in the process of weight loss. It is recommended that you include cinnamon in your healthy meals, you can also include it in your smoothies to lose weight.
Another benefit of cinnamon is that it increases the ability of insulin to metabolize sugar, reducing excess blood sugar and abdominal fat deposits. This same effect also reduces anxiety about food, preventing compulsive meals from desserts and unhealthy foods
Use cinnamon as a home remedy against Candidiasis
Among the most important major functions studied by scientists about cinnamon, is its antimicrobial property. Cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal functions, being an important factor to consider in cases of candidiasis.
Its effect neutralizes the fungus Candida albicans, which is responsible for producing vaginal infections caused by candidiasis. In particular, against this fungus, cinnamon is able to prevent them from reproducing until they are completely eliminated, causing uncomfortable vaginal infections. This effect is also enhanced by its anti-inflammatory capacity, which reduces vaginal inflammation caused by the infection, which is why cinnamon is the best ally for women.
Natural antiparasitic: Cinnamon
You can search for many antiparasitic, but not all will have the same effectiveness. Especially children, are more likely to be infected with intestinal parasites for two reasons, the first is because their immune system is not yet fully developed and are vulnerable to many infections, and the second, because of the environment where they are maintained and care that you have where your hygiene, you should prevent children from playing in the gardens and on the sand, which is where there are more parasites.
Children have the instinct to take everything to their mouth, it is totally natural in them, so we must protect them by avoiding this, since they are more prone to be infected by any parasite that is in the ground.
It sounds very interesting that a small branch of cinnamon, can have so many benefits, one of its main ones, is that it is a natural antiparasitic. The chemical compound B1 cinnamtannin is able to prevent the adherence of intestinal parasites to the tissues of the intestines, so they will be expelled from the body during defecation.
If you want to purge your child, you can prepare an infusion of cinnamon twice a day for 5 times during the week. An infusion in the morning before breakfast and an infusion before sleeping.
Defeat cancer using cinnamon
The most anticipated moment, perhaps, to know the benefits of cinnamon against cancer. Cinnamon, besides being easy to consume and very popular all over the world, also hides secrets that in recent years have been revealed. Much of what was used to believe and imagine cinnamon, has been confirmed, cinnamon can defeat cancer.
As you read it, how can this be? Cinnamon is able to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, preventing them from damaging other healthy tissues and organs. It is like that. We owe this effect to its great antioxidants, but they are not common antioxidants, these antioxidants act as cellular protectors, protect healthy organs from the invasion of cancer cells. You can imagine this, the antioxidants in cinnamon, surround cancer cells or reproduce excessively and take away the supply of nutrients, preventing them from reproducing and committing irreparable damage to other tissues. Is awesome? Yes it is.
This does not mean that you should abandon your chemotherapy treatment, but if you can include cinnamon in your daily diet as an alternative therapy. You can make the effort to include it in many of your meals and take infusions daily. The growth of cancer will stop completely and you can see many improvements in your health.
No more Cardiovascular diseases
It is enough of the cardiovascular diseases. No more. With cinnamon, the risk is reduced to the lowest levels. Avoid foods with a high percentage of fat and sugar, do physical exercises and include cinnamon in your meals and you will see that it really reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as ischemic syndromes and high blood pressure.
How is this possible? The cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic acid compounds stimulate the production of nitric acid, this acid has a powerful vasodilator and anti-inflammatory effect, lowering blood pressure and decreasing the risk of atherosclerotic plaque formation, formed by excess cholesterol.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls With Today Food By Tasty
HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups whole milk, warm to the touch (110-115˚F)
½ cup granulated sugar
1 pack active dry yeast
5 cups flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
¾ cup butter, softened
¾ cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1. Generously butter two disposable foil pie/cake pans.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together warm milk, melted butter, and granulated sugar. The mixture should be just warm, registering between 100-110˚F. If it is hotter, allow to cool slightly.
3. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the warm mixture and let set for 1 minute.
5. Add 4 cups of all-purpose flour to the milk mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
6. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
7. Preheat oven to 350˚F/180˚C
8. After 1 hour, the dough should have nearly doubled in size. Remove the towel and add an additional ¾ cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Stir well, then turn out onto a well-floured surface.
9. Knead the dough lightly, adding additional flour as necessary, until the dough just loses its stickiness and does not stick to the surface.
10. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about ½-inch thick. Fix corners to make sure they are sharp and even.
11. Spread the softened butter evenly over the dough.
12. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon. Press the mixture into the butter.
13. Roll up the dough, forming a log, and pinch the seam closed. Place seam-side down. Trim off any unevenness on either end.
14. Cut the log in half, then divide each half into 7 evenly sized pieces (about 1½ inches thick each).
15. Place 7 cinnamon rolls in each cake pan, one in the center, six around the sides. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes.
16. Remove plastic wrap. Bake the cinnamon rolls in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
17. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the frosting. In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, whole milk, and powdered sugar, until smooth.
18. Remove the cinnamon buns from the oven. While still warm, drizzle evenly with frosting.