Cinnamon, also called dalchini in hindi, is a popular spice that most of us sometimes add to an apple pie, coffee or hot chocolate. However, there are a few health reasons to use cinnamon more often. Incorporating cinnamon into your diet can help improve your overall health. Also it is a great way to add flavor to your bland meal. While you probably won’t use this spice in your soups, you can use it in your desserts and beverages. Cinnamon is plentiful in calcium, fiber, iron, flavanols, manganese, and some potent antioxidants.
1. Cinnamon boosts your brain function
It is known that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive processing, however on consuming regularly, it improves brain function. Cinnamon helps increase memory, focus and attention, and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. Consuming a little bit of cinnamon every day helps fight irritability and depression, and prevent headaches.
2. It’s good for your heart
Research studies indicate that adding spices, such as cinnamon and turmeric, to a diet helps reduce the negative effects of consuming fatty meals. Although it’s better to avoid high-fat foods since they increase your risk of heart disease, adding cinnamon or turmeric to them can be a good solution.
3. It helps lose weight
On combination with nutritious diet and regular workouts, cinnamon can also help you lose extra kilos as it increase metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels.
4. It improves your gut health
Cinnamon is good for your gut health as well. It helps prevent indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux, diarrhea, and even chronic pain like arthritis have all shown the potential to be alleviated through cinnamon consumption. Probably you don’t use cinnamon in your soups, but I recommend you to add the spice to your favorite soups, especially a vegetable soup, a lentil soup, and a black bean soup.
5. It helps prevent cancer
Consuming cinnamon has anti- cancer properties. Cancer cells feed on glucose and ignore metabolic signals and hence, it is important to control your sugar levels and reestablish a healthy metabolism, if needed. Adding cinnamon to your everyday meals can help you prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
6. It helps control mood swings during PMS
Managaneese helps control mood swings and prevent cramps during PMS and cinnamon has lots of it. Moreover, cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde that balances hormones.
7. It’s good for your gum health
Cinnamon is added to mouthwashes and chewing as it boasts antibacterial properties and it helps protect gums and teeth from damages. It can also improve your breath.