Honey and cinnamon are two of the most powerful kitchen ingredients that are commonly found in Indian households for various culinary as well as medicinal purposes. These two ingredients have long been associated with Chinese traditional medicine and Ayurveda. Individually, they have wonderful qualities for one’s health and beauty. But what if you combine the two? Does that make them more potent? Let’s learn more about the amazing benefits of honey and cinnamon. Benefits of Honey
Honey has a long standing reputation of containing medicinal properties which are excellent for both skin and hair. In olden times, Egyptians used it as a healing agent and even documented the same. It has abundant minerals and enzymes. Due to its acidic level, it is often used as an antibacterial and has antioxidants that ward off any free radicals (damaging cells) in the body. It makes for a healthy and natural replacement for sugar. Honey also has a low hypoglycemic index that helps regulate your blood sugar levels.
Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a highly aromatic and delicious spice commonly used to add a distinct flavour and aroma in baked goods. However, it is much more than that. It has been prized for its exceptional medicinal properties. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants that protect the body from cell damaging agents. It helps the body to fight infections and repairs tissue damage. It is good for diabetics and it slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract. It also helps fight bacterial and fungal infections.
Combination of Honey and Cinnamon: Is it a Miracle Cure?
It is a known fact that honey and cinnamon offer plenty of benefits when consumed individually, however, the important question is do they make an excellent combination together? Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Coach, Shilpa Arora says, “Raw honey is a great substitute for sugar. It is excellent if combined with cinnamon as they complement each other. They control sugar spikes by reducing triglycerides (type of fat in the blood) and are a good option for diabetics. Both honey and cinnamon are anti-inflammatory, also combat allergies and boost your immunity system. They are also a great combination for curing constipation.” Take a look at the following benefits of honey and cinnamon when consumed together.
1. Good for Healing Wounds
When combined together, both make a great component for healing wounds and various skin infections. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in cinnamon helps the body fight infections and inflammation. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide which is effective in inhibiting bacterial growth, which further speeds up wound healing. Apply cinnamon oil mixed with honey on the wounds caused by infections or any other ailment for best results.
healing wounds honeyBoth when combined heal wounds due to the presence of anti-bacterial properties
2. Good for Diabetics
Cinnamon and honey are excellent for lowering blood sugar levels. While cinnamon lowers the blood sugar by increasing insulin sensitivity, honey is a healthier alternative to refined sugar. Although diabetics should consume honey with caution, and only after consulting their doctor, as it is not devoid of calories.
diabetesHoney and cinnamon help in lowing blood sugar levels
3. They Combat Various Allergies
Cinnamon has essential oils that help curing various allergies. Honey is rich in pollen which can boost your immune system and helps build tolerance against these allergies and naturally fight them. When two of them are consumed together, they tend to boost the immune system of the body.
kids allergiesHoney and cinnamon boost the immunity system further preventing allergies
4. A Great Cure for Constipation
Cinnamon provides an antispasmodic effect and thus, prevents gaseous formations in your stomach. It also eases indigestion by blocking the production of body chemicals leading to inflammation. Honey contains enzymes that aid digestion and help cure constipation. It also contains potassium that helps to balance acid accumulation in your body.
5. Both Fight Skin Problems
Both are loaded with anti-bacterial properties and help fighting skin problems like dead skin cells, excess oil secretion and breakouts (acne and pimple). Manuka honey or raw honey has antimicrobial properties that make it a great agent for reducing breakouts.
pimple acneHoney and cinnamon help remove dead skin cells to prevent from breakouts
6. Power-Packed with Antioxidants
Both honey and cinnamon are packed with abundant antioxidants that are great for your overall health and well-being. Honey is rich in phenol antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of heart disease. The combination can be very useful for fighting free radicals in the body and preventing the risk of several chronic diseases.
How to Consume them Together
Shilpa suggests that you could consume honey and cinnamon water first thing in the morning to cleanse and detoxify the body. Raw honey applied to your skin can work as a natural moisturizer. One could simply add honey and cinnamon instead of sugar to your hot cup of tea or coffee for a healing boost.
Here are some more forms of honey and cinnamon that can be consumed together suggested by Nutritionist and Dietitian Mehar Rajput from FITPASS:
If you’re looking to lose weight, take one teaspoon honey and one fourth teaspoon cinnamon in one glass of water every day. Drink this 30 minutes before breakfast on empty stomach and at night before sleeping. This will help you lose those few extra pounds.
If hair loss is your concern have cinnamon added in olive oil and apply it on your hair twice a week.
Honey and cinnamon when combined together are great for a healthy body and skin
To reduce your cholesterol level, take two teaspoon honey+ three teaspoon cinnamon in water and drink it through the day.
For PCOS soak cinnamon powder in one glass of water overnight and drink on an empty stomach through the day. This can help regulate the menstrual cycle and promote fertility.
To get your skin glowing naturally, add one teaspoon of raw honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl and blend it into a paste. Apply it on your face using a brush or your fingers and leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Use this face mask once or twice a week for best results.
This winter control asthma with inhalation therapy
Whether youre indoors or outdoors, winter will exacerbate asthma attacks. Winter is the most loved season, but it might be unpleasant for patients with lung diseases. An American Lung Association fact-sheet states that asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders and currently affects about 7.1 million children under 18 years. The World Health Organisation Global Burden of Disease Study estimates that 13.8 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) are lost yearly due to asthma, representing 1.8 per cent of the total global disease burden.
For 300 million people around the globe suffering from asthma, the cold winter months often lead to a worsening of their symptoms.
The cold environment it not suitable for asthma patients. Their lungs and airway passages are quite sensitive. To a larger extent, asthma symptoms related to winter can be in controlled and managed by precise treatment and medication. Due to the swelling in the lining of the airways which leads to their narrowing, and the sticky mucus or phlegm build-up that blocks the airways, breathing is difficult and forced for asthmatic patients.
During winter, the cold air causes airways to tighten further, making it even more difficult to breathe.
Many patients and their family members are misinformed about the causes of asthma and the treatment options available. It is a necessity to educate patients and caregivers about the disease and treatment with minimal side-effects of inhaled corticosteroids, i.e. inhalation therapy.
Many pharmaceutical organisations are running campaigns to bust myths around inhalation therapy. Often, the word steroids evokes apprehensions in the minds of patients causing them to shy away from inhalers. The steroid is produced by the human body naturally to deal with inflammation and it is also safe for children and pregnant women. The inhalation therapy consists of an inhaler pump to send the corticosteroids into airway passages.
According to a research article published in Respiratory Medicine journal, the correlation between inhalation therapy for asthma and clinical efficacy is positive, with improved symptom-control and lung-function shown in most studies of adults, adolescents and children.
In the inhalation therapy, the inflammation of the airway requires a very small quantity of corticosteroids — around 25 to 100 micrograms — but when it is consumed through the oral/intestinal route the amount administered is very large — about 10,000 micrograms, since only a fraction of the drug reaches the lungs. This means that every time an asthma patient pops a pill or a tablet, he/she is actually taking almost 200 times the amount of medication required, leading to ill-effects on health.
Inhalation therapy directly gives body only that amount of steroid needed to control the symptoms. Against this, oral medication first gets dissolved in the blood and then reaches various organs, including the lungs.
Thus, inhalation therapy is a simple and easy solution for asthma patients to enjoy their winter to the fullest.
Some nose, throat bacteria less likely to develop into flu: Study
US researchers have identified a cluster of nose and throat bacteria that made their hosts less likely to get flu.
The researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) looked at samples of nose and throat bacteria and used DNA sequencing to identify which bacteria were present.
Analysing the bacterial composition across all samples, they found five clusters.After taking into account other known factors that could affect an individual’s
susceptibility to influenza, such as age, exposure to tobacco, crowded household and flu vaccination, the researchers then looked to see if individuals with a given cluster were less likely to get influenza.
“We looked at who had which cluster and whether it makes a difference on whether they got influenza, and it does,” said lead author Betsy Foxman, Professor at UM. “That’s the exciting thing about it. It tells us if you have this bacterial community, you have lower risk for getting the flu. That’s big news because it really hasn’t been shown before.”
However, the findings published in PLOS ONE journal also bring new questions.”Is it really possible to push someone’s microbiome in a way that would make a difference? Is it possible that we could tell people – ‘Here’s your microbiome pill?'” Foxman said, adding that “It’s a very long road and we’re at the beginning.”
Researchers hope that similar studies can be done in a different population and possibly follow them longer for secondary bacterial infections.”We know we are always going to need new antibiotics but this way we could hold on to them longer and, presumably, if we could intervene in this way there would be fewer side effects,” Foxman said.
For the study, the team enrolled 717 participants from 144 households. Household members of individuals with confirmed influenza were recruited for the study and followed for 13 days or until they developed influenza, whichever came first. They included only the 537 individuals who tested negative for influenza at the beginning of the study.
Taking artificial sweeteners as a sugar substitute? Study says it may not be effective
While some people who are trying to avoid sugar are increasingly opting for artificial sugar, a recent study has revealed that taking artificial sugar may not be a good idea after all.”Growing concerns about health and quality of life have encouraged people to adapt healthy lifestyles and avoid the consumption of food rich in sugars, salt, or fat to prevent obesity and other non-communicable diseases. With increased consumer interest in reducing energy intake, food products containing non-sugar sweeteners (NSSs) rather than simple sugars (monosaccharides and disaccharides) have become increasingly popular”, the study stated.
But replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners used in Diet Coke and other soft drinks has no effect on weight loss and their long-term health effects are still poorly understood, the review said. The study titled ‘Association between intake of non-sugar sweeteners and health outcomes: systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised and non-randomised controlled trials and observational studies’ was led by the University of Freiburg and published in the BMJ.
It also highlighted the absence of research on the long-term health effects of sweeteners when taken over years or decades. In this comprehensive systematic review, a broad range of health outcomes was investigated to determine a possible association with non-sugar sweetener used by a generally healthy population.
“The studies were set up to look at different types of sweeteners, measuring weight, blood sugar (glycaemic) control, oral health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, mood and behaviour in consumers. For most of them, there was no statistical difference in weight loss or health benefits of adults and children using higher doses of sweeteners rather than small amounts or none”, a report in The Guardian stated.
This comprehensive systematic review covers a broad range of benefits and harms of NSSs in a generally healthy population of adults and children, following rigorous systematic review methods. “Overall, we included 56 studies of adults and children, which assessed the associations and effects of NSSs on different health outcomes.
For most outcomes, there seemed to be no statistically or a clinically relevant difference between NSS intake versus no intake, or between different doses of NSSs. No evidence was seen for health benefits from NSSs and potential harms could not be excluded. The certainty of the included evidence ranged from very low to moderate, and our confidence in the reported effect estimates is accordingly limited”, the study stated.