Cinnamon and honey are both staples in many cupboards. But first off, is the honey you are eating actually honey? And are we aware of the true benefits honey and cinnamon hold?
Honey contains B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Cinnamon is a good source of manganese, iron, calcium and fibre even in small doses. Cinnamon also contains vitamin A, and vitamin K, but daily values are not incredibly significant.
Along with nutritional benefits, honey and cinnamon also contain several health benefits that should be considered.
Immune System: Honey and cinnamon are great for boosting the immune system, eliminating chronic fatigue and increasing life span. If our immune system is compromised, we open ourselves up to flu’s, viruses and colds, using honey and cinnamon can help fight these illnesses as well. The antioxidants found in both honey and cinnamon combine to combat the free radicals in the body’s organ systems.
Diabetes: Cinnamon contains antioxidant flavonoids whose effect closely resembles that of insulin, meaning that it can encourage glucose out of the bloodstream and into the cells where it is needed for a functional energy source. Energy, as a pure source of natural sugar, does not cause nearly the fluctuation in blood sugar levels that many artificial sources of sugar do, and cinnamon’s effects, when combined with honey, show a steady use of glucose by the body, and an improvement in Type 2 diabetes management.
Weight Loss: A mixture of honey and cinnamon in warm water is considered a good weight loss tool. It is important to note that combining with proper diet and exercise is also key in creating healthy weight loss.
Cancer: Phytochemicals found in large amounts within honey have been linked to preventing cancer, while cinnamon has certain anti-tumor properties that can also decrease the chances of metastasis or the spread of cancer through tumorous growth. Certain acids within honey also directly shut down the activity of two enzymes, lipoxygenase and phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C, which have both been linked to producing cancerous materials in the body.
Itching/Insect Bites: If you take one part honey to two parts of lukewarm water and add a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder, you can make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body. Any pain should go away in about a minute or two.
Digestion: Honey and cinnamon can help to increase the health and functionality of the digestive system. If you take a couple tablespoons of honey with some cinnamon sprinkled on top before eating, it can relieve any indigestion that might normally occur after eating.
Arthritis: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.
Skin Care: The benefits of honey and cinnamon extend to skin care as well, where minor skin infections and pimples can be treated with a simple application of a paste formed from these two precious foods. This can be done on actual wounds, or on the skin as a general spread due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant characteristics, which can reduce the appearance of age-related spots and wrinkles by reducing the impact of free radicals in the skin.