Cinnamon, which is known since ancient times, is an aromatic plant substance that is extracted from the inner layers of the cinnamon tree trunk. We usually buy it in stores in the form of small sticks but also in a ground form; in both cases, they should be packed in well-sealed packets. Also, cinnamon is highly valued for its supreme flavor. The types of cinnamon which are best known to us either originate from Ceylon, from where sticks are tanned in color and are made of thin and easily breakable layers, or from China, from where sticks are of a darker red color and are coarser and thicker.
Among the benefits of cinnamon we cite the following:
– It helps warm up our body in cold weather
– It reduces fatigue arising from flu or cold
– It relieves the painful contractions of the stomach and intestine
– It helps eliminate nausea and reduce bloating
– It is the source of countless antioxidants
– A number of studies and research show its glucose regulating effects (while those concerned should keep on following a balanced diet specific for diabetes).
The consumption of cinnamon as an infusion is widely known around us. However, we should limit such consumption to 2 sticks or half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder mixed with a cup of warm water. Be careful not to abuse from cinnamon as this may lead to various risks. Therefore, it is not advisable to take more than 2 cups a day. Also, cinnamon should be stored in a cool, dry place and away from light. Whether in the form of sticks or powder, cinnamon is a substance that quickly loses their flavor; as such, we should keep it in an airtight container away from heat and humidity.