The Cinnamon Hug

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One of my favourite things about this time of year is cinnamon.  Hot dishes with the enticing scent of this delicious spice, the taste is so soothing, almost as comforting as a hug from mother nature.  The powers of Cinnamon don’t only lie in her comforting quality.  She is in fact a super-spice containing manganesium, fibre, iron and calcium, along with thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, (B1,2 & 3),  B6 and B12, vitamin C.

Cinnamon regulates blood sugar by increasing levels of insulin while decreasing blood sugar levels and therefore has been found to benefit in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and hypoglycemia.  It lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).  It’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory anti-viral and is an aphrodisiac.

It reduces pain linked to arthritis, menstrual pain, and infertility. It reduces chronic inflammation in neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis, that is according to research at the Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas.  Their research shows that cinnamon reduces chronic inflammation linked with these neurological disorders.

It’s no wonder that cinnamon was once thought of as more valuable than gold.  In the ancient world cinnamon was worth twenty times more than silver and given to monarchs as a gift.  The Roman Emperor Nero burned a year’s supply of cinnamon at his wife’s funeral as a gesture of his love and loss.

Cinnamon Porridge
Cinnamon Porridge

Cinnamon Hugging Snacks:

Porridge with blueberry’s, pecan nuts and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Banana on whole wheat toast with cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Honey and cinnamon stewed apple. Here’s a recipe http://cookingcrusade.com/2011/03/honey-and-cinnamon-stewed-apples/

Warm rice milk with a couple of cinnamon sticks thrown in, a very soothing nightcap.

Last but not least, on a freezing cold day a hot Irish Whiskey with cloves lemon and a couple of cinnamon sticks to jazz it up.

Read more about medical benefits of cinnamon including medical studies: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-surprising-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html#ixzz2BeAgbk5c

Hugs and love,

Sinead.