February 14

Healing Herbs and Spices: Cinnamon

INFLAMMATION is a contributing factor to many chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and autoimmune disease.

Spices can help curb inflammation in the body by affecting the inflammatory cascade within our cells. Countless studies have shown that a diet using spices have lowered the risk factors for heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancers, and Type 2 Diabetes.

Spices are composed of an impressive list of phyto-nutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and other compounds that promote healing through a variety of metabolic pathways. Spices have been in part of various cultures since ancient times for both medicinal purposes and for flavorings.

Keep in mind, spices are not a replacement for medication or other lifestyle modifications. They are a healthy additive and an easy way to enrich your diet.


Cinnamomum cassia or Cinnamomum verum

Fragrant cinnamon spice is one of the highly prized spices that has been in used for its medicinal and culinary properties for thousands of years. This exotic, sweet-flavored spice stick is traditionally obtained from the bark of the Cinnamomum trees, which is then dried, and rolled into a scroll-like form known commercially as a “quill.”

Cinnamon has been used for its antibacterial properties, for treating respiratory ailments, ulcers, and for long-term glucose control. Cinnamon also has many non-food applications as well. It is used as a flavoring in making toothpaste and other toiletries and is active ingredient in pharmaceuticals.

Cinnamon can:

  • improve insulin sensitivity
  • reduce triglycerides
  • improve LDL
  • reduce total cholesterol

Cinnamon also has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. For optimal results, consume one-fourth to one-half teaspoon of cinnamon twice a day.

Cooking with Shakthi

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