Cinnamon: Properties and Benefits

The plants of cinnamon from which we get the precious spice are actually two, both evergreen and belonging to the Lauraceae family: the Zeylanicun cinnamomum and Cinnamomum cassia. The first is called the "Cinnamon queen", is native to Sri Lanka and is the most valuable; the latter is also called "Cinnamon China", as the name suggests China is its country of origin and is the least valuable.

Unlike other spices that are derived from leaves and flowers of plants, cinnamon is obtained directly from the branches or small stems of the tree; in fact are used only the internal part of the bark. The pieces of bark, once cut, are dried and, during drying, the external part surplus are eliminated until you get the classic look of a "tube" that we know well.
The quality of cinnamon depends exclusively on the age of the branches which yields; younger age corresponds to a better quality.
Cinnamon: Properties and benefits
Cinnamon is composed of 10% water, protein, ash, sugars, fiber and fats in small quantities; discrete quantity of minerals contained among which we mention calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, selenium and zinc.

The vitamins present in cinnamon are: vitamin A. some vitamins of group B, and in the specific vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, ascorbic acid or vitamin C, vitamin E, K and J.

These instead some of the amino acids: aspartic acid, alanine, arginine, glutamic acid, leucine, lysine, valine, threonine, glycine and tryptophan.


Benefits and Curative Properties of Cinnamon

Remember that only the queen cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicun) has healing properties and not the Chinese of lower quality.
Cinnamon is a natural antiseptic with fungicide properties that can fight and eliminate, viruses and bacteria; for this reason, in recent years, we can find on the market toothpastes, mouthwashes and products of the kind based on this precious spice.

According to recent studies, the results of which were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, it has been shown that cinnamon helps to regulate the percentage of sugar in the blood helping in this way diabetics and hyperglycemic. Not only that, this spice, as well as aiding the digestive process, is an excellent prevention tool against the abdominal fermentation.

A study conducted in Germany has instead shown that cinnamon is in possession of aggressive properties against the fungus Candida albicans and the bacteria called Escherichia coli, responsible both for urinary tract infections.
Cinnamon also has a stimulating effect and has the property of relieving the state of exhaustion resulting from diseases such as influenza and dysentery; cinnamon has antiseptic properties for the respiratory tract and is beneficial for colds and halitosis.

The use of cinnamon is also recommended as a disinfectant; in fact, in the case of wounds on the skin, after cleaning them, you can sprinkle with the cinnamon powder. Finally, the properties anti glycemic of this spice, help to appease the pangs of hunger between meals that are characteristic in patients affected by blood glucose levels.
Cinnamon Curiosity
The cinnamon was known by the people of ancient times, just think that it is mentioned in the Bible, specifically the book of Exodus; not only that, the ancient Greeks used it already as a digestive and the Egyptians used it for embalming the dead.

The name cinnamon comes from the Latin "canna", which is precisely to indicate its unique rounded shape.

The form of cinnamon sticks can be stored for a long time provided that you keep in glass containers tightly closed and away from sources of heat and light.

The cinnamon is sold in both powder and sticks; the latter are preferred as they retain most of the properties and aroma.

Both cinnamon plants live in tropical areas and for this reason can not be grown in temperate regions where you have to grow them in the greenhouse.

The cinnamon plant belongs to the same family (Lauraceae) as the laurel and nutmeg.

It helps to clean and to make teeth whiter; in the absence of brush can be remedied by chewing a cinnamon stick.

In the case of headache you can calm the pain with little massage in the temples with cinnamon oil, this the preparation:
obtain four cinnamon sticks and crush them in a mortar, then transfer to a bowl and cover with olive oil that must be left to infuse for 10 days.
After this period filter and store in a glass bottle.

It was recently discovered that the oil extracted from the leaves of cinnamon was able to kill, even better than the current pesticides, mosquito larvae; this discovery, as well as opening the way to the "invention" of the first organic pesticide could be used for the realization of lotions with repellents properties against mosquitoes.


Herbal Tea with Cinnamon
In addition to being used to flavor foods, cinnamon is also an excellent digestive as it is able to facilitate the splitting of fats; this occurs through the stimulation of a digestive enzyme called trypsin.
In order to allow this to happen can be used a herbal tea with cinnamon that can be prepared in this way:

take one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and dip it in a cup of boiling water, leaving to infuse for 10-12 minutes, strain and drink after meals keeping in mind not to drink more than three cups a day.
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As with all foods it is good to be careful not to overdo it; the ideal dose of cinnamon is represented by three grams per day. In that quantity the spice is able to decrease the blood glucose and to stimulate a hormone responsible for the regulation of appetite.
As we know, the substances can be beneficial to our body, if taken in exaggerated doses, may cause damage. Should not be administered to children under the age of two years.
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