Honey and cinnamon are the common staples in many cupboards. But the question is – are you consuming the real honey or cinnamon? Are you aware of the benefits that you can get from consuming the authentic honey and cinnamon?
Is your Honey Real?
In 2011, FSN asked the expertise of Vaughn Bryant a leading melissopalynologists or known as the expert in identifying pollen in the honey and Palynology Research Laboratory Director at Texas A & M University – he studied more than 60 products that were labeled as “honey” which was purchased by FSN from the District of Columbia and from the ten different states.
Bryant found out that 76% of the product labeled as honey that were purchased from big grocery store chains and 77% of the sample purchased from the big box chains did not contain any pollen. If that is not crazy enough, honey samples were taken from fast food restaurants and drug stores and the result showed that 100% of them contain no any pollen! These simply mean that none of the products labeled as honey that were tested in the drug stores and food restaurants are actual honey!
If you are choosing honey in the grocery store, make sure that you read the label carefully so that you can get a product where honey is the sole ingredient. If you can manage to get unpasteurized honey that is better.
Nutritional Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon
Cinnamon and honey are favorite ingredients in many breakfast foods. You can use it quite easily in savoury recipes, sauces and snacks. Considering the benefits that you can get from these two nutritional ingredients, why not plan to add them into your next meal?
Honey contains panthothenic acid, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, Vitamin B6 and some amino acids. The minerals that can be found in honey are zinc, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, and calcium.
Cinnamon is an excellent source of, calcium, iron, and manganese and small dose of fiber. Cinnamon contains Vitamin K and Vitamin A but the daily values are not that significant.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey
Together with its nutritional benefits, cinnamon and honey contain a lot of health benefits that you should consider.
Cinnamon and honey are great for boosting your immune system, prolonging life span and effective in eliminating chronic fatigue. If your immune system is compromise, you open yourself to viruses, flu and colds. Using cinnamon and honey can help you fight illnesses as well. Both contain antioxidants that are used to combat free radicals in your organ’s system.
Cinnamon contains flavonoids an antioxidant whose effect resembles that of insulin. This means that it can encourage the glucose out of the bloodstream and into the cells where it is needed as functional energy source. Energy which is a pure source of natural sugars does not cause fluctuation of the blood sugar levels that most of the artificial sugar does.
Cinnamon effects when combined with honey shows steady use of glucose by the body and improvement in the management of Type 2 diabetes.
Honey contains large amounts of phytochemicals which is linked in preventing the onset of cancer while cinnamon contains anti-tumor properties that reduce the chain of metastasis or spread of cancerous cells through its tumorous growth. Acids found in honey can directly shut down the activity of the two enzymes namely phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C and lipoxygenase which are both linked to producing cancer materials in the body.
Insect Bites and Itching
If you take a part of honey, and add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and two parts lukewarm water, you can make a paste and then massage it on the itching part of the body where you had the insect bite. In a minute or two the pain will go away!
Cinnamon and honey help to increase the functionality and health of the digestive system. If you take two tablespoon of honey with cinnamon sprinkled it on top before consuming, it can help relieve the indigestion that normally occur after eating.
Patients with arthritis should prepare one cup of hot water, plus two spoons of honey and small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Take this drink daily preferably in the morning and evening. If taken on a regular basis chronic arthritis can be cured.
The benefits of cinnamon and honey extend to skin care. If you have pimples and minor skin infections, these can be treated by simple application of paste formed from these two incredible foods. This can be applied directly on the wounds or on the skin for general spread because it has antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory characteristics, which can help reduce the age-related wrinkles and spots. It also helps lessen the free radicals impact on the skin.
Cinnamon and honey are used for decreasing cholesterol levels which provides additional protection to your heart’s health. A high LDL or bad cholesterol level may result in plaque build-up or atherosclerosis on the walls of arteries and vessels. This increases the chance of forming clot that may result in stroke or heart attack.
Choose the Right Cinnamon
There are different types of cinnamon but this article specifically refers to Ceylon Cinnamon. The reason to choose the right cinnamon is because different types of cinnamon contain various level of Coumarin which is associated with causing kidney and liver damage at higher doses. Ceylon cinnamon on the other hand, has very low amounts of courmarin and it is safe for daily consumption.
Next time you shop at your favorite grocery store, make sure to check the type of cinnamon you are purchasing.
Undoubtedly, there are many benefits that you can get if you buy and consume the real honey and cinnamon. But make sure that you read the labels, so you can get the real one!