Cinnamon is a spice which can be easily found in Indian kitchens. Medicinal properties of cinnamon can be credited to the spice’s popularity. The spice is cheap and can be easily found in your nearby grocery stores. Cinnamon can be added to almost all Indian dishes and can be even added to the iconic Indian masala chai. It imparts a distinct flavour and smell to food. It is because of cinnamaldehyde, a compound in cinnamon which makes it an amazing spice. It has a powerful effect on health and body’s metabolism.
- Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants in cinnamon help in preventing oxidative damage caused by free radicals in the body. Cinnamon has lots of polyphenols, which are known to be powerful antioxidants.
- Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties which reduces risk of diseases significantly.
- Cinnamon can help in preventing candida
Strong anti-fungal properties in cinnamon can prevent overgrowth of candida in the digestive tract. Candida is a kind of yeast which can cause various digestive and auto-immune symptoms in case of an overgrowth. Cinnamon helps in improving the body’s immunity and offers natural protection against overgrowth of candida.
- Cinnamon reduces risk of heart diseases
Cinnamon helps in reducing levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body. High levels of cholesterol can increase risks of heart disease. Cinnamon also helps in controlling blood pressure levels.
- Cinnamon is good for dental health
Cinnamon extracts can help in offering protection against the bacteria that exists in the oral microflora. These bacteria can cause tooth decay, bad breath, cavities and several mouth infections. Cinnamon essential oil acts as anti-bacterial mouthwash that naturally reduces mouth bacteria.
- Cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity, prevents diabetes
Cinnamon helps in reducing insulin resistance which can cause type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity and helps in regulating metabolism in the body. Cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels. The spice is great for preventing risks of diabetes.
- Cinnamon is good for the skin
Anti-biotic and anti-microbial properties of cinnamon protects skin from allergic reactions, skin irritations, rashes and infections. Cinnamon essential oil, when applied directly on the skin, can help in dealing with pain, swelling, redness and inflammation.
- Cinnamon has positive effects on neurodegenerative diseases
Neurodegenerative diseases damages functioning of brain cells and reduces risks of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
- Cinnamon be used as a preservative
Anti-bacterial properties in cinnamon make it efficient enough to preserve food. Anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties in cinnamon can be helpful in preserving food for a comparatively longer time. Cinnamon can prevent discolouration of vegetables and fruits which happens when the oxidise and begin to rot.
- Cinnamon helps in fighting allergies
Compounds in cinnamon can provide relief from allergies. Essential oil of cinnamon gives a boost to the immunity and facilitates absorption of nutrients during digestion process. This reduces incidence of auto-immune reactions causes by food allergens.
- It helps in fighting fungal and bacterial infections
Cinnamaldehyde helps in fighting bacterial and respiratory tract infections. It prevents bad breath and tooth decay.
- Cinnamon helps in fighting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Cinnamon can help in treating HIV- 1, which is the main kind of HIV in humans
- Cinnamon can be used as a sweetening agent
Cinnamon has a natural sweet taste and it can be added to desserts in order to reduce consumption of sugar – which has empty calories. Reducing sugar intake can help in bringing down the glycaemic index of your meal. As mentioned above, cinnamon has anti-diabetic properties which can slow down sugar releasing into the blood stream. This helps in reducing cravings and preventing weight gain. Additionally, cinnamon has a unique taste which can impart a very unique flavour to sweet foods.
These Nutritious Breakfasts Can Give A Kick Start To Your Day: Do Try Them!
Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. It is the meal which kick-starts your metabolism and helps you burn calories throughout the day. Not only is it important for people who are trying to lose weight, it is simply important for a person to stay fit and healthy. Breakfast is the one meal which can give you the energy to do things and focus at your work and school. WebMD says that including breakfast in your diet can have positive effects on your memory and concentration.
Following are some breakfast options suggested by Delhi-based nutritionist Pooja Malhotra, which can give a boost your energy and also keep you warm during the chilly winter months.
Try these healthy breakfast options right now!
1. Stuffed rotis
Winter is the time when a variety of vegetables are in season. Stuffed rotis or paranthas made from methi (fenugreek), mooli (radish), gobi (cauliflower), matar (peas) or gajar (carrots) can all make for a delicious and wholesome winter breakfast. You can cook them with ghee (make sure you use it in the right quantity) and eat them with pickle and curd. Stuffed rotis are essentially the traditional Indian breakfast which people have been having for years. Prepare them as your grandmother used to prepare and enjoy them throughout winter.
2. Palak or beetroot roti with mint raita
Palak or spinach is a leafy geen veggie with more health benefits than you can count in your fingers. Similar is the case with beetroot, which is a root vegetable which is incredibly low in calories and is a great source of essential nutrients like fibre, folate and Vitamin C. Beetroot also contains nitrates and pigments which can help in controlling your blood pressure and may improve your overall athletic performance.
3. Egg parantha or scrambled eggs with chapati
Now that is a protein-rich breakfast which can help you keep full for longer. Prepare egg paranthas or eat scrambled eggs with roti for the perfect blend of protein, fat and carbs in your breakfast. Also, do not separate the yolk from egg white. A whole egg will provide you with all essential nutrients.
4. Bajra roti with beetroot raita/bajra khichdi
Bajra is a healthy grain which can be included a weight loss diet as well. You can either make a dough of bajra flour or prepare bajra khichdi as a healthy breakfast option. Bajra or millets has properties that can help in stabilising cholesterol levels in the body. Being rich in fibre, the grain is great for digestion and makes for a healthy breakfast option during winter.
(Pooja Malhotra is a nutritionist based in Delhi)
5 Super Healthy And Warm Drinks To Keep You Hydrated During Winter
Are the teas and coffees failing to keep you warm during the chilly winter? Then need not worry as we are right here with multiple options for warm and comforting drinks during winter. Warm drinking options are important to keep you hydrated during winter. Staying hydrated during summer seems to be way easier as cold and healthy drinks are aplenty. The easiest way to stay hydrated during summer is to simply gulp down a bottle of water. But in winter, the body is usually in need of something which keeps us warm and on-the-go. Keep reading if you want some alternative warm drinks instead of sipping on a third our fourth cup of coffee.
Drinks to keep you warm and hydrated during winter
Well, this is nothing but our very own haldi doodh. It is the traditional drink which is taken when a person is suffering from cold or fever. It is a healing drink which can naturally detox your body and even strengthen your bones.
Ginger, honey, lemon tea:
Yes, this is another traditional drink which can be taken in warm form as well. You can create a tea concoction by adding ginger, honey and lemon to water and bring to a boil. It can make for a refreshing and warming drink during the chilly winter months.
Hot mulled cider:
All you need to do is add cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, ginger, lemon and cloves to apple cider vinegar. Add a tinge of all these ingredients in a cup of ACV and heat it in low flame. The drink is going to make for a flavourful companion to you and your favourite book by the fireplace.
Vegetable/chicken/bone broth or soup:
Soups or broths are filling and extremely warming during the cold winter months. You can either prepare steaming hot vegetable soup or broth or chicken soup or bone breath. Broths and soups are fluids which can help you hydrated during winter while also boosting your immunity and protecting your from catching a cold or infection. Just make sure that their preparation is light and healthy.
Now this is a toasty treat you all have been craving! All you need is some warm milk, cinnamon, vanilla and some almonds. This velvety winter drink is going to be your all time favourite! What’s more is that you can prepare it beforehand and have it when you’re ready for a warm treat for yourself.
Fasting can improve overall health, study suggests
Fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation.
Fasting can lead to improved health and provide protection against ageing-associated diseases, a recent study suggests.
According to the research, fasting affects circadian clocks in the liver and skeletal muscle, causing them to rewire their metabolism, which can ultimately lead to improved health and protection against ageing-associated diseases. The study was published recently in Cell Reports.
The circadian clock operates within the body and its organs as intrinsic time-keeping machinery to preserve homeostasis in response to the changing environment. And, while food is known to influence clocks in peripheral tissues, it was unclear, until now, how the lack of food influences clock function and ultimately affects the body.
“We discovered fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation,” said lead author Paolo Sassone-Corsi.
“Skeletal muscle, for example, appears to be twice as responsive to fasting as the liver,” Paolo asserted.
According to the researchers, fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against ageing-associated diseases.
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