12 Health Benefits of Cinnamon Tea
Including how to make cinnamon tea
Today we are going to learn about the benefits of cinnamon and how to make cinnamon tea for health purposes.
Real Cinnamon verses Fake Cinnamon
There is a very real issue out there concerning the authenticity of cinnamon. Cinnamon is used all over the world but around 90 to 95% that cinnamon is not actually cinnamon. It is a product called Cassier cinnamon. Most of the cinnamon sold in the shops is Cassier cinnamon and not Ceylon cinnamon which is the real cinnamon. The fake cinnamon, Cassier, grows in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, the real cinnamon only grows and Sri Lanka and northeast part of India. Fake cinnamon is cheap, and the real cinnamon is expensive. Long-term use of Cassier cinnamon can lead to health issues not health benefits. Try and make sure you buy Ceylon Cinnamon and not Cassier cinnamon.
Cinnamon is a popular spice and traditional Chinese medicine and is still used as a natural remedy with a variety of health benefits.
One of the easiest ways to enjoy the health benefits of cinnamon, is to simply sprinkle the spice onto your porridge or granola or even your freshly made coconut and apple slice croissant. But if you are more of a savoury breakfast kind of person, or a no breakfast type of person like me, you could opt to drink a cup of cinnamon tea every morning instead.
As well as being a delicious and enjoyable caffeine free drink cinnamon tea can also boast several important health benefits. Let us check them out below.
(add cinnamon, lemon to pears, maple syrup and a bit of water to cover - bake in the oven and serve with vegan ice cream when cooked (20 mins))
Benefits of Cinnamon
Can help in the fight against fungal and bacterial infections. (ewwww) Cinnamon contains an active ingredient which can fight against fungal and bacterial infections. The oil extracted from the cinnamon can be used in the treatment of fungal infections that occur in most parts of the body toes, fingernails and in the respiratory tract.
2. Fights Bad Breath:
Cinnamon can help alleviate bad breath and tooth decay. This is due to its anti-microbial properties which aid to protect against cancer. Numerous studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of cinnamon against cancer. And though the existing evidence is only been taken from laboratory studies that indicate a high potential for cinnamon as a treatment measure. It's thought that cinnamon fosters the growth of blood vessels in tumours and inhibits tumour growth.
3. Can help to protect against neurodegenerative diseases:
It can be effective against neurodegenerative diseases, a protein known as tau is associated with Alzheimer's disease and cinnamon compounds have been found to prevent the accumulation of this protein in the brain. One study found that the motor functions mice were enhanced when cinnamon was used. The study also found that their neurotransmitter intensities were stabilised, and their neurons were secured for improved sensitivity to insulin.
4. Can reduce diabetes:
The effects of cinnamon on the body help reduce the risks posed by the likes of diabetes by reducing the problem of insulin resistance. This creates an environment where insulin can perform its tasks more effectively. Cinnamon can naturally heighten sensitivity to insulin which lowers the levels of blood sugar in the body.
5. Can reduce cholesterol levels:
It is thought that cinnamon can reduce heart disease by reducing bad cholesterol levels in the body while stabilising triglyceride levels, also known as good cholesterol. Studies have indicated that blood pressure is significantly reduced in animals where cinnamon has been used.
6. Can help to prevent heart disease:
Cinnamon can alleviate a combination of factors and can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, thus, the popularity of cinnamon tea for heart disease patients.
7. Can lower inflammation:
Cinnamon can lower inflammation. In some cases, inflammation is important because it's essential in the fight against body infections. It also helps in the repair of damaged body tissues. But if inflammation is directed against the body, it tends to cause many problems. The numerous compounds in cinnamon, give it all its anti-inflammatory properties, helping it to fight chronic inflammation.
8. Helps with weight Loss:
It has been used for thousands of years for weight loss as a natural weight loss medicine. Cinnamon tea with its high nutrient profile may boost your metabolism and keep your cholesterol level and blood sugar level in check. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to prevent bloating of the belly, which can give the impression of additional weight. It is also known to aid digestion of foods which can contribute to the shedding of extra calories.
9. Helps fight against free radicals:
Cinnamon contains antioxidants which help to fight against free radicals in the body. Free radicals are very detrimental to good health and cause many ailments and tissue damage to the body. The antioxidants in cinnamon counteract the free radical oxidisation process that can cause major diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
10. Helps to reduce the issues associated with menstruation:
It can help to reduces menstrual cramping and pain. This time of the month for many women can be panful, embarrassing and a dam right nuisance. Cinnamon can help to make this time of the month less problematic.
11. Can improve memory function:
Cinnamon is known to improve memory function. The results from one study indicated that cognitive functions can effectively be improved through the consumption of cinnamon tea on a daily basis.
12. Natural remedy for colds and stomach ailments
Along with ginger cinnamon is said to be a natural medication for a cold and/or stomach discomforts. For hundreds of years cinnamon has been used as the solution to congestion, colds, and sore throats. Due to cinnamon’s antibacterial and antifungal properties it's effective at fighting colds, flu, and even stomach issues.
How to make Cinnamon Tea
So how do you make cinnamon tea. It is quite simple. Just make sure you have a cinnamon stick or two. You can buy these in a spice pot from your local supermarket, they are normally stored with the herbs and spices. You can use a natural sweetener of your choice; I prefer not to because if you get a good cinnamon it will taste sweet anyway.
A lot of people pop in a normal everyday tea bag to go with the tea but I don’t as I feel it defeats the purpose of having fresh natural cinnamon tea.
To make cinnamon tea place the cinnamon sticks in a pan with around two pints of water and bring to the boil. Simmer/steep for fifteen minutes with a top on the pan then strain into a jar to keep. You can drink the tea as a hot drink straight after making it or you can drink it as a cold drink during the day. It is up to you.
Again, if it does not taste sweet. It is probably either the cinnamon of a poor quality which is very possible, or it is simply too old.
(drink it hot or cold - as a short drink or as a tall drink)
How to Make Ceylon Cinnamon Tea (Real Cinnamon)
Ceylon cinnamon Tea is a Mexican version of cinnamon tea simply because it has the additional flavouring of lime juice. It tastes nice and is refreshing as a cold drink in summer too. Once you have poured the cinnamon tea into the container or cup you can add a squirt of fresh lime juice. You will notice the colour change from brown to a yellowish colour. The lime adds extra flavour to the tea, and there you have your Ceylon cinnamon.
(Limes have many health benefits - adding them to your food or drink fresh can give added health benefits)
I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe for cinnamon tea which has many benefits attached to it. As stated above please ensure you buy quality cinnamon to ensure you get as many benefits as possible.
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