Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, calcium, iron and fibre. Cinnamon is a powerful antibiotic and anti fungal. One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. Another study found that cinnamon fights E.coli bacteria and when added to food it inhibits bacterial growth acting as a natural preservative. Cinnamon may have regulatory effect on blood sugar and it can lower LDL cholesterol. In addition it has been found that cinnamon reduces the spread of leukemia and lymphoma and has an anti clotting effect in blood.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Cassia cinnamon is used for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It is also believed to enhance energy, vitality, and circulation. Just half a teaspoon a day can give you all these benefits.
Foods & other spices that pair well with Cinnamon include ~ Allspice, apples, bananas, beans, caramel, cardamom, chiles, chocolate, clove, coffee, cranberry, curry, dates, game meats, figs, foie gras, ginger, grains, nutmeg, pumpkin, stone fruit, sugar, squash, tea, vanilla
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