This spice is very useful.
Cinnamon is an aromatic spice used in many cooking recipes. It stimulates the body’s defenses, fights infections and prevents stomach disorders.
This is due to the fact that it contains resin, gum, mucilage, coumarin and tannins, which give it antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antispasmodic and probiotic properties.
Benefits of cinnamon
- Helps control diabetesbecause it reduces blood sugar level;
- Prevents digestive disorders (flatulence, spasmodic problems, diarrhea) because of its antibacterial, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect;
- Fights infections of the respiratory tract, as it has a positive effect on the mucous membranes and is a natural expectorant;
- Reduce fatigue and improve mood, because it increases resistance to stress;
- Helps to fight cholesterol due to the presence of antioxidants;
- Reduces appetite, because it is rich in fiber;
- Reduce fat accumulation, because it improves sensitivity of tissues to action of insulin;
- Increases libido in men and womenbecause it is a natural aphrodisiac.
How to use cinnamon
To get the full benefits of this spice, it is enough to eat 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder per day. To do this, you can add it to desserts, fruit salads, creams, mousses or cereal and use as a condiment for meat, fish, chicken and even tofu (grind 2 pieces star anise, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp coarse salt 2 tsp of cinnamon).
Another very popular way – tea with cinnamon. To prepare it, you need to place 1 cinnamon stick in a Cup of boiling water, leaving for 10 minutes. During the day you can’t drink more than 3 cups.
Overall, the cinnamon – optimal strategy is a natural reduction in the level of glucose in the blood, control diabetes and reduce weight.
Banana cake with cinnamon
- 5 eggs
- 2.25 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 Cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 0.75 Cup milk
- 2 chopped banana
- 1 Cup oil
- 0.5 Cup chopped walnuts
- cinnamon for sprinkling
- Mix the eggs, sugar, milk and butter, beat for 5 minutes.
- Add the flour and baking powder and again mix everything.
- Transfer to a baking dish, put the chopped bananas and nuts, it is good to flatten until the dough top is smooth.
- Put in the oven, preheated to 180 °C.
- Bake until Golden brown, then pull out and sprinkle top with cinnamon.
Baked apples with cinnamon
- 2 apples
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Wash the apples and carefully remove the center part where the seeds are.
- Put them on a baking sheet, place in the center of the cinnamon sticks and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 200 ºC for 15 minutes or until the apples are very soft.
Side effects and contraindications
Among the side effects of cinnamon stands out allergies and irritation of the skin, so it should not be used in case of ulcers of the stomach or intestines. In addition, it should not be ingested during pregnancy as it can promote uterine contractions.