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.
‘Inactive’ ingredients in most pills may cause allergic reactions: Study
A vast majority of the most frequently prescribed medications contain at least one ingredient capable of causing an adverse allergic reaction, a US study has found. Known as inactive ingredients, these components are added to improve the taste, shelf-life, absorption and other characteristics of a pill, but the researchers found that more than 90 per cent of all oral medications tested contained at least one ingredient that can cause allergic or gastrointestinal symptoms in sensitive individuals.
Such ingredients include lactose, peanut oil, gluten and chemical dyes, scientists said. “When you’re a clinician, the last thing you want to do is prescribe a medication that could cause an adverse reaction or allergic reaction in a patient,” said C Giovanni Traverso, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
“This project was inspired by a real-life incident where a patient with Celiac disease was prescribed a medication and the formulation of the pill they picked up from the pharmacy had gluten in it,” Traverso said. “We wanted to understand the problem and drill down to characterise the entire universe of inactive ingredients across thousands of drugs,” he said.
Researchers analysed data on the inactive ingredients found in 42,052 oral medications that contained more than 354,597 inactive ingredients. Inactive ingredients are defined as substances that are added to a pill’s formulation but are not intended or expected to have a direct biological or therapeutic effect. Although such ingredients have been tested for safety at the population level, scattered case reports have suggested that inactive ingredients may cause adverse reactions in individuals who have allergies or intolerances.
“There are hundreds of different versions of pills or capsules that deliver the same medication using a different combination of inactive ingredients,” said Daniel Reker, a postdoctoral fellow at MIT. “This highlights how convoluted the possible choices of inactive ingredients are, but also suggests that there is a largely untapped opportunity today to specifically select the most appropriate version of a medication for a patient with unusual sensitivities,” Reker said.
The team found a total of 38 inactive ingredients that have been described in the literature to cause allergic symptoms after oral exposure. Researchers reported that 92.8 per cent of the medications they analysed contained at least one of these inactive ingredients. The team found that inactive ingredients can cause an adverse reaction through an allergy or an intolerance. It is unclear what amount of an ingredient is necessary to trigger a reaction in sensitive individuals — the content of lactose in a medication, for instance, may be too low to cause a reaction in many patients, except for those with severe lactose intolerance or those taking many medications containing lactose.
“While we call these ingredients ‘inactive,’ in many cases, they are not. While the doses may be low, we don’t know what the threshold is for individuals to react in the majority of instances,” said Traverso. “This pushes us to think about precision care and about the role for regulation and legislation when it comes to labelling medications that contain an ingredient that may cause an adverse reaction,” he said.
Depression in 20s linked to memory loss in 50s: Study
As part of a recent study, a team of psychologists has found that depression in the 20s can be linked to memory loss in 50s. The psychologists analyzed data from the National Child Development Study, which was established in 1958 with a cohort of over 18,000 babies and followed participants from birth into childhood and through to adulthood.
The psychologists found that an accumulation of symptoms experienced by participants over the three decades provided a strong indicator of a linear decrease in memory function by the time the adults were fifty.
They found that one episode of depression or anxiety had little effect on the memory function of adults in midlife, regardless of which decade it was experienced, but that once the episodes increased to two or three over the course of the three decades, that this predicted a steady decrease in the participant’s memory function by the time they reached fifty.
“We found that the more episodes of depression people experience in their adulthood, the higher risk of cognitive impairment they have later in life.This finding highlights the importance of effective management of depression to prevent the development of recurrent mental health problems with long-term negative outcomes,” said Darya Gaysina, senior author of the study.
“We’d, therefore, like to see the government investing more in the mental health provision for young adults, not only for the immediate benefit of the patients but also to help protect their future brain health,” Gaysina explained. As well as memory, the psychologists also assessed verbal fluency, information processing speed and accuracy scores of the participants once they turned fifty.
Encouragingly, episodes of depression and anxiety had little impact on the latter four areas of cognitive function but the associated loss of memory suggests that depressive symptoms experienced in early adulthood could predict dementia in older adulthood.
Previous research had found a relationship between depressive symptoms experienced in older adulthood and a faster rate of cognitive decline, but this is the first time that such a large and UK nationally representative sample has been able to make this link in the first three decades of adulthood.
“We knew from previous research that depressive symptoms experienced in mid-adulthood to late adulthood can predict a decline in brain function in later life but we were surprised to see just how clearly persistent depressive symptoms across three decades of adulthood are an important predictor of poorer memory function in mid-life,” said Amber John, one of the lead researchers.
Brain function gets better while inhaling
Israeli research has found that inhalation improves brain performance, the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel reported.
The research, published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, found that the success rate of subjects who solved questions during inhalation was higher than their success during exhalation, Xinhua news agency reported.
The research results may lead to better learning methods and even help people who suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) by influencing the nature and pace of their breathing.
The sense of smell is the earliest sense of mammals and is therefore believed to be an initial pattern for all brain development.
The WIS researchers hypothesized that the whole brain is coming to attention of processing information while inhaling, even when it comes to functions that have nothing to do with smell (“sniffing brain”).
First, the researchers measured the flow of air in the noses of subjects while solving math exercises, performing visual-spatial tasks and dealing with language tasks.
The subjects were asked to press a button as soon as they were ready for the next exercise. It turned out that they tended to put air into their bodies in time for their readiness to deal with the next task.
Then, in a visual-spatial task, half of the questions appeared during the subjects’ inhalation and the other half with exhalation. It was found that the success rates were significantly improved when solving questions while inhaling.
The researchers also measured the electrical activity in the subjects’ brains at rest and during taking tasks, and found in both cases that the connectivity between the brain areas was significantly different between inhalation and exhalation. The researchers noted that the results have nothing to do with oxygen entering the body, as the effect on the brain in the experiments was immediate (about 0.2 seconds).
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