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CINNAMON HEALTH BENEFITS PLUS A HOMEMADE CINNAMON MOUTH WASH RECIPE
Cinnamon is an earthy, woody spice with a warm, spicy and sweet flavour which is commonly found in most kitchens. This Spice is versatile and gives warm and aromatic flavours to baked goods, porridge, toast, tea blends, cereals, curries, just to name a few dishes. Cinnamon as a Spice is available in powder form as well as in Bark form. Four Seasons Foods has the best quality Cinnamon available for you in these two forms.
Besides being used in cooking over centuries across many countries, Cinnamon is also known for its healing benefits. It has been widely used to treat various ailments in traditional healing modalities like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In traditional medicine, this spice is recommended for ailments that include support for the respiratory system, promoting healthy circulation, as well as for natural pain management. Cinnamon is also said to be a deeply warming Spice, removing the cold energy from the body as well as have an energising effect.
In traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine it is also known for benefits to the digestion system as well as other gastrointestinal complaints. It has also been used as a home remedy for heartburn, indigestion, and nausea.
CINNAMON FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES
In research studies Cinnamon has been found to be beneficial for a variety of ailments that affect us currenly on a global scale due to the effects of lifestyle and diet. Cinnamon is said to have some powerful anti diabetic properties. It may be beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes. It is said to help improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels.
CINNAMON FOR HEART HEALTH
Cinnamon is also said to be good for heart health. It helps to reduce LDL cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol. According to research Cinnamon contains a compound called Cinnamate which may work to reduce enzyme activity that works to create cholesterol. This leads to a reduction of fatty acids in the blood.
Cinnamon is said to be packed polyphenols and other antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect our bodies from the harmful effects of free radicals as well as oxidative stress. These free radicals can damage our health and lead to illnesses like Cancer.
Antioxidants also act as anti-inflammatories in our bodies. They help us maintain good heart health as well as healthy brain function, among other health benefits. Inflammation can have a negative effect on these vital organs.
Cinnamaldehyde is the powerful compound that gives cinnamon its odour and flavour. This compound is also a powerful anti-inflammatory which can ease swelling and prevent blood platelets from clumping together as well as block certain substances associated with abnormal cell growth and thereby lower the risk for some associated diseases.
ANTIBACTERIAL CINNAMON Cinnanaldehyde also gives Cinnamon some powerful antibacterial properties. This is highly beneficial for our Immune system health as it can help with bacterial infections. This also makes Cinnamon beneficial on our oral health. Cinnamon is used as an ingredient in some toothpastes. It also works to improve bad breath.
Cinnamon oil which is extracted from Cinnamon bark has been shown to kill a number of infections that are common in hospitals like Streptococcus, MRSA, Staphylococcus, and E. coli. Thieves oil is a blend which contains a good amount of cinnamon that some medical professionals recommend it as a hand sanitizer. It is said to be effective against germs.
CINNAMON IN AROMATHERAPY
Cinnamon essential oil is also used in aromatherapy. Massaging using this oil is said to be beneficial for pain. When oil is rubbed onto the skin it is said to be absorbed into our bodies.
CINNAMON FOR BEAUTIFUL SKIN AND HAIR
Cinnamon is said to help improve blood flow on the skin surface. It is said to heal skin acne when applied to the skin as well as slow the skin aging process. Some research also suggests that Cinnamon promotes hair growth by improving circulation in the hair follicles when applied to the skin and hair.
WAYS TO ENJOY CINNAMON IN OUR DIET
Cinnamon tea can be made with just the spice and sweetened with honey or stevia. You can also add on lemon or lime. Cinnamon can also be added on to black tea or rooibos to enhance the flavours of these teas. In India cinnamon is blended with other warming spices to make Chai tea. Four Seasons Foods also have Chai Tea available.
Cinnamon In Soups and Stews
When used in traditional medicine ground cinnamon is said to be added to stews or soups to reap the benefits. It can also be mixed with other herbs into a healing remedy.
Cinnamon In Porridge And Cereals
Cinnamon can be sprinkled on to porridge as well as Cereals. This gives a tasty and aromatic flavour to your breakfast. If you make your own Muesli you can also add Cinnamon when you toast your Oats.
Cinnamon In Baking
Add it to cakes, biscuits, bread or any baked good to get the spicy aromatic Cinnamon flavour.
Four Seasons Foods Hot Chocolate With Cinnamon
This is a delicious and warming drink you can enjoy every night. It’s packed full of Cocoa benefits as well as the added Cinnamon to make an indulgent healthy drink.
Four Seasons Foods Chai Tea
Enjoy this blend of warming spices and tea. It contains Cinnamon as well as other Chai spices.
HOME MADE CINNAMON MOUTHWASH
Enjoy the benefits of fresh breath with this all natural cinnamon mouthwash. The Cinnamaldehyde in Cinnamon will also help destroy the oral bacteria and eliminate bad breath.
To make your Cinnamon mouth wash boil in 1 Cup water 4 to 5 Cinnamon stick. Cool it down and store in a bottle to use as you would normal mouthwash. You can also combine Cinnamon with Mint in your mouthwash.
CINNAMON SIDE EFFECTS
Though Cinnamon is a healthy Spice it should be noted that if consumed in large quantities it may become toxic. High levels of cinnamaldehyde may trigger an allergic reaction. Cinnamon may also interact with blood sugar medications, so those on such medications need to consult their doctors before adding Cinnamon regularly to diet.
For those not on the above medications Cinnamon enjoyed in moderate and healthy amounts is a good addition to our regular diets as it is not only delicious but will also offer us a lot of health benefits.
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RED WINE VINEGAR FOR GOOD HEALTH
Red wine vinegar is non alcoholic in nature and sour in taste. It is made through fermentation of red wine until it turns acetic and sharp. This Vinegar is said to contain various health benefits that will work to delay ageing and promote longevity.
A tablespoon serving of red wine vinegar is said to contain trace amounts of several imporatant vitamins and minerals. This includes trace amounts of iron, a mineral that helps our bodies make red blood cells and help to prevent anemia, a health condition that may cause fatigue as weakness.
A tablespoon of red wine vinegar also contains trace amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and vitamin C. All these minerals and vitamins are important for the healthy function of our bodies and maintaining good health.
RED WINE VINEGAR FOR HEART HEALTH
Just like the red wine it’s made from, red wine vinegar is said to contain a substance called resveratrol, which comes from the skin of grapes. This substance is good for our improved heart health as well as in increasing our life span. Resveratrol is said to be crucial for good heart health as studies suggest that it might be highly beneficial in a number of ways. It helps prevent damage to our blood vessels by helping enhance calcium absorption which in turn helps relax blood vessels.
Resveratrol and Acetic acid in red wine vinegar is also said to reduce LDL cholesterol which is the type of cholesterol that is bad for our health. It also lowers blood pressure as well as inflammation in the body. When our bodies suffer chronic inflammation we are more susceptible to suffer from chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure. Resveratrol is also said to prevent blood clots formation within our circulatory system.
RED WINE VINEGAR AND DIABETES MANAGEMENT
Some studies have shown that Red wine vinegar has some real potential benefits when it comes to helping us deal with diabetes. Vinegar is said to reduce sugar levels in the blood after meals. This is said to be due to Vinegar’s ability to slow down the absorption of sugars contained in our meal. This is said to be down to the Polyphenols which are plant componds in Red wine vinegar.
Research has indicated that these polyphenols in red wine vinegar may lower the risks of type 2 diabetes and may also boost insulin sensitivity, as well as slow down the rate the body digests and absorbs sugar.
RED WINE VINEGAR FOR WEIGHTLOSS
Acetic acid, one of the components found in red wine vinegar has been proven to reduce appetite. It is said to delay the release of the hunger hormone gherlin, which signals hunger and has us reaching for food even before scheduled meal times. If gherlin is slow to release then that means we feel hunger less often and can eat during planned meal times. Red wine vinegar is also said to be a fat burning food which can help us maintain or achieve a healthy body weight.
PREVENTS CELL DAMAGE BY FREE RADICALS
Red wine vinegar is also said to contain some powerful antioxidants like polyphenols which help reduce cell damage caused by environmental factors. Cell damage by environmental toxins and other free radicals may lead to the development of cancer and other illnesses.
RED WINE VINEGAR FOR HEALTHY HAIR AND SKIN
Red wine vinegar is also said to restore dull hair, skin irritation or pigmentationif we consume it on a regular basis. Resveratrol in red wine vinegar, which is an antioxidant is also said to help fight bacterial infections and skin damage.
WAYS TO ADD RED WINE VINEGAR TO OUR DIET
Red wine vinegar is best used with heartier flavors and foods, like beef, pork, and vegetables. It makes a good substitute in recipes that call for red wine.
1 – Red wine vinegar can be used as a salad dressing or in place of mayonnaise in pasta salad, beetroot salad as well as leafy green salads.
2 – Red wine vinegar is also good for making home made mayonnaise.
3 – Use red wine vinegar in marinades, pickles, and sweet and sour dishes
4 – Add some red wine vinegar to a bowl of soup for some bold flavors. You can also add some into gravy for meat and vegetables.
5 – Red wine vinegar is also good for cleaning as it is said to be antibacterial. The acetic acid in red wine vinegar is especially effective at killing E. coli
Drinking or using this vinegar in moderation is safe but could be harmful if taken in excess or alongside certain medication. With all these potential health benefits that include being antibacterial, helping us maintain healthy blood pressure levels, being an antioxidant, reduction in symptoms of diabetes and prevention of cardiovascular disease red wine vinegar in moderate amounts is a worthy staple in our diet.
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A NUTRITIONALLY POWERFUL FOOD
Beetroot is a Vegetable that is packed with Nutrients that are essential in our diet, consuming this Vegetable on a more regular basis is highly beneficial for good health. It contains a host of Minerals and Vitamins that include; Potassium which maintains healthy muscle function and Vitamin C which is important for our Immunity against Colds and Viruses.
Beetroot is also a great source of Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Selenium and Folate. All these Minerals and Vitamins are essential for us to maintain good health, help prevent chronic illnesses, recover from illnesses without ill-effects as well as help in the normal day to day functioning of our bodies. They are also said to help boost our energy levels, make our DNA, regulate the immune system, build and repair tissues and bones
To top off all these essential Vitamins and Minerals found in Beetroot, it also contains other nutrients that are highly beneficial in combating some illnesses. This vegetable is said to be high in dietary nitrates. Dietary nitrates are said to help lower blood pressure in hypertensive people. In a study Nitrates found in beetroot juice have also been shown to help people who have had heart failure regain about 13% of their muscle power. Diets that are naturally high in Vegetables that contain Nitrates like the Mediterranean diet are said to have effects of protection against cardiovascular disease.
Nitrates from beetroot have also been shown to improve blood flow, even in the brain, helping people with dementia slow down the decline in their brain and memory function. The Nitrate levels in beetroot have also been shown to increase exercise endurance making beetroot a must for a healthy and active lifestyle.
Beetroot is also said to contain Betalins which is a substance that gives beetroot it’s red colour. Betalin is an antioxidant which is said to have anti cancer benefits. Betalins find and destroy unstable cells in our bodies which may cause cancer.
Beetroot also contains another antioxidant called Betaine. This antioxidant helps support the liver’s good health. It prevents and reduces fatty deposits to the liver as well as get rid of toxins in the liver. Our liver can become unhealthy due to a poor diet, alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle as well as exposure to toxic substances.
Beetroot is also said to help in the management of Cholesterol in our bodies. It is said to be a good source of phytonutrients like flavonoids. These are said to give beetroot it’s cholesterol lowering benefits.
A Variety Of Ways To Enjoy Beetroot In Our Diet
Uncooked beetroot is said to have more value nutritionally in some nutrients than cooked beetroot. Despite this fact don’t let that put you off enjoying cooked beetroot as it is still good for us. Beetroot prepared in various ways added to our diet will be a great benefit to our good health. Below are various ways we can add this health beneficial vegetable to our diet on a more regular basis.
Boiled Beetroot – Cooked beetroot makes an easy salad combined with Vinegar or lemon juice. Cooked beetroot can also be sliced to make a sandwich filling with ham or chicken.
Roast Beetroot – It makes a sweet and delicious side vegetable. All it needs is oil, salt, black pepper or herbs to make a tasty vegetable side dish.
Beetroot Chips – Thinly sliced and oven baked beetroot with sea salt, black pepper or herbs makes delicious and crunchy naturally sweet beetroot chips. These are so much better for health than commercial bought crisps.
Beetroot Juice and Smoothies – If you have a juicing machine raw beetroot juice is said to provide a lot of nutrients like Nitrates that lower blood pressure in high doses, though it will be missing the fibre benefits from the leftover pulp. Blending the beetroot whole will offer you a little less of the Nitrates in one serving but it will have the benefits of the whole vegetable in a serving, including the fibre from the flesh.
Raw Grated Beetroot – This crunchy Vegetable can be combined with Vinegar or lemon juice to make a salad. Raw beetroot can also be combined with vegetables like grated carrots.
Beetroot Dip – Cooked or raw beetroot can be blended with yoghurt and herbs to make a creamy beetroot dip.
Pickled Beetroot – Four Seasons Foods has got available Pickled beetroot. This beetroot is preserved in Vinegar and makes a handy staple to have in the pantry when you need beetroot handy to go. Pickled beetroot can be used in salads, sandwiches, making dips as well as for snacking. It is a good alternative for fresh beetroot with a longer shelf life.
Beetroot And Mint Salad
Try this easy salad which is simply cooked beetroot combined with Four Seasons Foods Mint. Beetroot is cooked, diced and tossed with Mint, Vinegar, Salt and Olive Oil. You can also add in Feta Cheese if you prefer. Enjoy this served with a main meal of your choice and enjoy the benefits of this healthy vegetable.
Despite all its health benefits there are people who should take caution in their consumption of beetroot. People with low blood pressure or currently taking blood pressure medication should speak with a healthcare professional before adding beetroot or beetroot juice to their diet. Beetroot also contains high levels of oxalates, which are said to cause kidney stones in people with a high risk of this condition. For everyone else beetroot is a worthy and delicious addition to our plates on a regular basis.