Cinnamon is a spice acquired from the inside bark of many trees from the Cinnamomum genus of Lauraceae family which is used in both sweet and savoury foods. Cinnamon is considered as a solution for many health related conditions like diabetes, candela, cancer, weight loss, Alzheimer’s, toenail fungus, Parkinson’s, stomach flu and many more. Cinnamon has a powerful sweet smelling fragrance and a sweet taste. Cinnamon has many physical properties and effects and it is used as a medicine and also as a spice. Cinnamon is rich in magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and calcium and it also has fair amounts of sodium, iron and manganese. Cinnamon has small presence of copper, selenium and zinc also in it.
Cinnamon has rich presence of choline in it and it also has a good amount of vitamins like vitamin A, C, E (alpha tocopherol), niacin and betaine. Lesser amount of vitamin K, B6 and pantothenic acid is also present in cinnamon. The caloric content of cinnamon is 247 calories per 100 grams and calories from fat are only 10. One teaspoon of cinnamon powder contains 0.33 mg of Manganese, 0.76 mg of Iron and 24.56 mg of Calcium. Manganese plays an important role in building good structure and bone metabolism and works as an enzyme activator. Manganese present in cinnamon is also useful for weak bones problems like osteoporosis, anemia and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Ideal for Type II Diabetes
Cinnamon oil is widely used during the winter seasons because of its warming nature and it is used for curing common health conditions like cold, cough, congestion of lungs, digestion troubles, bad breath, toothaches and diarrhoea. Cinnamon is also widely used in the treatment of type II diabetes and insulin resistance and it is also good for reducing the risk of colon cancer. Study shows that half teaspoon of cinnamon daily reduces the blood sugar level in people with type II diabetes drastically. Cinnamon also reduces triglyceride, LDL, cholesterol and total cholesterol levels for diabetic patients.
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Cinnamon is good for the support of digestive system and it tightens and tones tissues. It relieves congestion and relives pain and stiffness of muscles and joints. It relives menstrual discomfort and it contains blood thinning compounds which boosts circulation. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory compounds which relieves arthritis and it also helps prevent urinary tract infections, tooth decay and gum problems. The presence of powerful anti-microbial agents in cinnamon helps to kill E.coli and other bacteria. Cinnamon is widely used in food items and it can be sprinkled on yogurt, apple slices or oatmeal for instant flavor boost. Some people used Cinnamon in coffee or tea to boost the flavour and it is used as a rub in Middle East cuisines like lamb, chicken or stew meats.
There are many proven health benefits for cinnamon. It is packed with a variety of protective antioxidants which reduce free radical damage and slow down the aging process. Some of the research results show that there are forty-one different protective compounds in cinnamon. Cinnamon is said to have more antioxidant properties that other powerful herbs and spices like garlic, thyme, rosemary and oregano.
Nutmeg is another warm and delicate spice which is obtained from an evergreen tree species in the Spice island of Indonesia. Traditionally it is used as an antimicrobial ad anti-inflammatory agent and there are some people who use it topically for the treatment of sore muscles. Nutmeg is widely used in baked food products like cookies and cakes to obtain the sweet-spice characteristics. It is also used as a seasoning in winter produce like acorn squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkin and also in simple vegetarian dishes like sautéed spinach etc.
Healing Properties of Nutmeg
Nutmeg has many healing properties and its biological name is Myristica fragrans and its name in other languages is Nuez moscada (Spanish), Noix de muscade (French), Jaiphal, Zaiphal (Hindi), Jaathikkaai (Tamil), Jathikka (Malayalam), Jaji kayi (Telugu), Jayfa (Gujarati), Jaifall (Bengali), Jaiphal (Marathi, Punjabi & Urdu) and Jaiphala (Oriya). Nutmeg is warm, rich sweet, brownish red spice which is small package with many big benefits. Nutmeg is a native of Banda Islands in Indonesia and it is believed to be in existence from the first century. Nutmeg was introduced to Europe in the 7th century by Arabs through the Venetians.
Nutmeg has many nutritional values and it is an oval shaped seed. The sweet powder of this dried spice in different types of dishes, drinks and bakery products. Nutmeg is rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium and it also has a fair amount of sodium and iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium in small amounts. Nutmeg has a good amount of vitamins in it like A, C, and choline. It also has small amount of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitaminB6. Each 100 grams of nutmeg has 525 calories and the calories from fat are 304. Nutmeg has the capacity to cure stomach aches and diarrhoea and is an excellent spice to detoxify the body.
Reduces Blood Pressure
Nutmeg is also good for reducing blood pressure and increase blood circulation. It is good for digestion and reducing acidity. Nutmeg is widely used for relieving vomiting and reducing flatulence and is used as medicine for problems related to the respiratory system. Nutmeg is useful for insomnia, anxiety, joint pain and gout, male infertility and impotence, improving concentration and the “Nutmeg Oil“ is good for toothaches. Nutmeg is used as an effective remedy for liver diseases and preventing and dissolving kidney stones. It cleans and detoxifies the liver and kidneys and flushes out the toxins accrued in the body due to reasons like diet, pollution, tobacco, stress, medication and many other external problems.
Nutmeg is used as a brilliant sedative and is helpful for treating inflammation and abdominal pain. Many other problems like joint pains, arthritis, rheumatism, lumbago, sores and other problems can be cured because of the anti-inflammatory property of Nutmeg. It has the capacity to stimulate the brain and is used widely as an effective brain tonic. It eliminates stress, fatigue, depression and anxiety and helps one to concentrate and focused better. The anti-bacterial properties are well known and it is widely used for the treatment of bad breath or Halitosis.