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5 Practical Uses of Cinnamon And Their Benefits
Beauty, health, and wellness come in many manifestations. Cinnamon is one of them. Meet your new best friend: a fall spice that has many benefits to offer during any time of year.
Cinnamon can give you everything from a speedy metabolism to plump, kissable lips. Egyptians used cinnamon in the mummification along with other spices noted for their preservative properties. As little as half a teaspoon a day can give you energy, a faster metabolism, plump lips, reduced hunger, and improved concentration.
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but that apple tastes so much more magical with cinnamon on top. Just a touch of cinnamon can:
increase your energy - Cinnamon has high levels of methylhydroxychalcone polymer, or MHCP, a compound that regulates blood glucose levels and increases energy.If you’re tired of replacing your sugar with cancer-inducing aspartame, put half a teaspoon of cinnamon into your coffee or tea instead. Not only does it taste great, but the cinnamon will give your coffee a kick that really energizes you.
Fact: Cinnamon capsules have helped me kick my coffee habit. I prefer the “zing!” that spices give you to the stimulant effects of coffee. I always mix cinnamon into my coffee whenever I can because it tastes better. My favorite things about drinking cinnamon-laced coffee and taking cinnamon capsules was that I could take them before or after exercise and always get the maximum benefits! My increased energy levels lasted long after I dosed, so taking the tablets twice a day (as instructed) really helped perpetuate those effects.
speed up your metabolism - Cinnamon tablets are friends to those who want to rev up their metabolism. Best of all, they give you a hefty “umph” without the cracked-out sensations and hangovers that diet pills are infamous for causing. MCHP is capable of increasing your glucose metabolism by up to 20-fold of its cinnamon-free strength. It also makes sure that carbohydrates don’t get stored as excess fat.
I’ve used cinnamon tablets to aid in weight loss and achieved great results. Not only did my increased energy levels last long after I dosed, but so did the metabolic effects. Higher calorie foods didn't effect me as much as they would have if I hadn't taken them.
I highly recommend them to anyone else trying to lose weight.
reduces hunger - Cinnamon acts as an appetite suppressant that alters the way your body processes sugar. By stabilizing glucose levels, cinnamon helps you feel full for longer periods of time. It decreases blood sugar levels by mimicking insulin, thereby increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Insulin is one of the hormones that influences how your brain receives hunger signals.
Cinnamon also prevents your body from converting sugar and carbohydrates into excess body fat.
You can consume cinnamon via capsule-form, food, beverage, or in any other way you choose.
plumps up your lips - Lip-plumping glosses and cosmetics use cinnamon oil as an ingredient. Consider making your own DIY lip-plumping moisturizer for your lips to conserve money and natural resources. While the author of the article uses sheabutter, you can also use coconut butter or cocoa butter as your base.
Warning: The final product will tingle or even sting a bit. But in the end, your kisses will sizzle! Start with small amounts of cinnamon oil in your concoctions and work your way up to be safe.
improves your concentration - Cinnamon improves brain functioning, increases mental clarity, and gets the dopamine a-flowin’. While its scent improves cognitive functioning, eating it increases overall brain functioning. In terms of aromatherapy properties, the mere scent of cinnamon is enough to reap its benefits. Burn a cinnamon candle, cinnamon incense, or some cinnamon essential oil to increase your sense of alertness and awakeness.
That’s only a few of the ways in which cinnamon can change your life. Embrace the power of cinnamon.
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