We cannot underestimate the health benefits of cinnamon. This article will examine the health benefits of cinnamon, especially for those of us with Type 2 Diabetes.
Let us go straight to the information about cinnamon tea and the loads full of benefits when diabetics and non-diabetics indulge in this delicious tea.
Cinnamon Tea Helps to Reduce Blood Sugar
This health benefit is dear to my heart. I love to add a little cinnamon to my coffee in the mornings, or just do the plain cinnamon by itself, and I do believe it helps to lower my blood sugar. When I skip it for a week or two, I see a slight increase in my blood sugar readings.
Our body sometimes does a poor job with how it handles insulin. This is called insulin resistance and it is here that cinnamon does its magic. Note that with insulin resistance there is too much glucose in the blood because enough of it is not used by our cells. Cinnamon tea helps to regulate the glucose found in our blood.
Let us remember the ill-effects of too many carbs for diabetics. Please read this article about a carbohydrate-restricted diet to see why diabetics should keep their carb intake low so that we can effectively control diabetes. Drinking cinnamon tea regularly also helps to control how our body breaks down carbohydrates.
The researchers have always said that we should purchase Ceylon Cinnamon instead of Cassia Cinnamon. The reason given is that the Cassia Cinnamon has more coumarin which is known to cause liver damage when we consume a lot of this substance.
Cinnamon Tea Lowers Inflammation
It is certainly not new to us – Inflammation is blamed for a number of illnesses, some can even result in death. It is said that cinnamon helps to reduce inflammation and by and large, the tea is worth having.
Diabetes, heart diseases, and high cholesterol have been known to respond to an inflammation-free diet. This simply means eating whole foods and avoiding junk food. Drinking cinnamon tea when eating this way can help to avoid diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
How could we forget to mention arthritis? Cinnamon has been proven to effectively fight arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties. This is another good reason to indulge ones’ pallette with a cup of cinnamon tea.
Antioxidants and the Fight Against Free Radicals
Cinnamon has been widely written about for the high level of antioxidants. Please note that oxidation (caused by free radicals) are fought off by antioxidants. It is also worth noting that free radicals are considered to be one of the culprits resulting in diabetes, heart diseases, and high cholesterol.
A Brief Look at Free Radicals
When we think of free radicals a few things come to mind – Aging and a myriad of illnesses which include diabetes, heart diseases, and high cholesterol.
Please permit a little chemistry here in order to understand free radicals. Around an atom, we will see electrons. Electrons regularly take a path around the atom in layers we call shells. These shells are filled using electrons. When one shell is full, then electrons start to fill up the other shell.
When a shell is not full, then the atom bonds with another atom. Yes, it is trying to fill up that shell. This atom is what we call free radicals. This type of atom is unstable. The result is that they do not hesitate to react with other substances.
The result can be oxidative stress, which damages our cells, causing us to wrinkle and to suffer from a number of illnesses. Please see below for some possibilities as free radicals take control:
- Hair loss
I am sure you can now appreciate the health benefit of a little cinnamon tea to fight against free radicals.
Cinnamon Tea for Weight Loss
It has been said that if we want to reduce our waistline then we should try to embrace the idea of adding some cinnamon to our daily food intake. I take the opportunity to add some cinnamon to a few of my meals and I can truly see the difference.
Yes, it makes my coffee, tea, and meats such as pork more delicious. I also love adding a little cinnamon when I am baking. Cinnamon is delicious in a lot of my bread recipes. It should be stated here that usually cinnamon is combined with other measures such as calorie intake and so cannot be truly praised for the total weight loss effects.
Excess coumarin can also result in bleeding and worsened liver disease. The take away here is MODERATION. I make a daily attempt to be cautious as it relates to especially my herbs and spices. I sometimes just leave things like ginger, garlic, cumin, and cinnamon out of my diet for a week.
Please see below for an infographic supporting the above information about cinnamon:
Cinnamon in the Christmas Season
Cinnamon has a lot to do with Christmas. It is a popular spice used in teas, coffees, latte, on pork, etc. It is a smart idea, especially if one is diabetic to make an attempt to include cinnamon in our meals. Cinnamon is a treat in coffee. It adds a rich flavor, whilst helping to regulate our blood sugar.
I also like to add cinnamon to my hot chocolate. Yes, this is another favorite hot beverage in my country and we especially love to drink this at Christmas time. You get my drift. We also add cinnamon to this delightful drink (hot chocolate).
The fruit cake is not to be left hanging. Yes, cinnamon and more cinnamon. I try to be cautious and to exercise moderation in pretty much everything I do, but I must confess that when it comes to Christmas, I go a bit overboard with drinking cinnamon-flavored beverages and adding it to my meats. I also love to add cinnamon to my bread mixture.
Two Recipes with Cinnamon
Let us begin with the hot chocolate tea with cinnamon.
Chocolate Tea with Cinnamon
Please look below for the recipe:
- 1 chocolate ball
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon condensed milk
- 1-quart water
- Pinch of salt
- 2 cinnamon sticks (you could use 3 to 4 leaves from the cinnamon tree instead)
- Grate the chocolate
- Boil water
- Add cinnamon sticks and grated chocolate
- Allow it to boil for approximately 10 to 15 minutes
- Sweeten and add a pinch of salt
- Remove the cinnamon sticks/leaves and enjoy
Here is one of my favorites – Jamaican Blue Draws (Dukunu).
Dukunu – Jamaican Blue Draws
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup grated coconut
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- banana leaf and bark
- Cut the banana leaf along the midvein and throw this piece out, keeping the leaves.
- Cut the leaf into 4 rectangular pieces. Try to make them even.
- Pass the pieces of leaves over a flame. This is done to wilt the leaves. Another method, which is the one I use is to dip them into hot water for them to wilt.
- Remove the banana leaf pieces from the pot. Use a tong. Set them aside.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together.
- Add the dry ingredients mixture to the grated coconut and mix to combine.
- Add the coconut milk and the vanilla. Mix well to combine.
- Place 1/2 teaspoon of butter in the center of each piece of leaf.
- Add a quarter of the mixture to the center of a piece of banana leaf. Fold the edges of the leaf over the mixture to completely cover.
- Use the banana bark to tie the blue draws.
- Repeat steps 8 to 10 until the mixture is done.
- Boil a medium pot of water on medium heat and add the tied blue draws. Reduce the heat and simmer for an hour.
- Remove from pot, cool, unwrap and enjoy with a glass of sorrel, or a cup of coffee with cinnamon.
I will continue to share more recipes with cinnamon. All you have to do is to stay tuned. Yes, keep checking the website for updates and subscribe below for updates in your email box.