For centuries, people use the mixture of honey and cinnamon as a way to improve their health. Many people believe that this mixture is a perfect combination that can cure a variety of diseases.
The mixture of the two products is very popular in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Honey could never expire and cinnamon was so precious a thousand years ago that only a few could take it.
Currently, given the ease of getting these two products, anyone could try this mixture. That said, here are some scientifically proven benefits to eating honey and cinnamon.
Reducing Blood Glucose
High levels of sugar in the blood can cause various diseases including diabetes.
Honey can reduce blood sugar levels as it is easily absorbed by the body. This is the reason that diabetics are allowed to eat honey.
Cinnamon helps reduce blood sugar levels. This is demonstrated by studies using healthy and diabetic volunteers. Of course, cinnamon should not be taken in place of medications, but it is an effective dietary supplement to fight blood sugar levels.
Free radicals (oxidants) oxidize aggressively the tissues and destroy the cells of the body. This leads to premature aging and a variety of diseases. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, slowing down the aging process.
Honey contains phenols, enzymes, flavonoids and organic acids – all powerful antioxidants. Studies have shown that darker honey, like buckwheat honey, is a rich source of these antioxidant compounds.
Cinnamon contains polyphenols that are powerful antioxidants.
Improving heart health
Honey and cinnamon contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the world.
Honey increases blood flow to the heart. This food contains antioxidants that help prevent blood clots that often lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Cinnamon has been found to reduce “bad” cholesterol (this nutrient forms atherosclerotic plaques on arterial walls) and increases the level of “good” cholesterol in our body.
Fight against bacterial infections
Both honey and cinnamon have antibacterial properties. You can consume the mixture based on these two nutrients in case of colds, but also when you have bladder or kidney infections.
Honey is a natural antibiotic. It was used long ago to disinfect wounds. It contains protein-defensin-1 and the enzyme glucose oxidase that destroys bacteria.
Cinnamon has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. This nutrient contains cinnamic aldehyde which releases its famous perfume and its useful qualities.
Weight Loss Help
Honey and cinnamon will not directly cause you to lose weight, but they can help you if they are used properly by replacing sugar and bombons with honey.
Indeed, controlled consumption of honey will reduce the number of calories in your diet. Refined sugars (those found in sweets) cause a sharp rise in blood sugar levels, followed by a sudden drop in blood sugar. These sudden changes in glucose levels can lead to overproduction of insulin. The consumption of honey allows our body to slowly absorb sugars, preventing peaks in blood sugar.
Cinnamon reduces blood glucose levels and increases the sensitivity to insulin that is responsible for our metabolism. Cinnamon not only accelerates our metabolism, but it also helps to transform glucose into energy and not into fat.
When you buy cinnamon, use cinnamon sticks instead of cinnamon powder pre-grounded. It is easier to distinguish Ceylon Cinnamon from Cassia, which is usually sold under the same name but has fewer advantages. The same for honey, you must make sure of its purity and seek it from the sellers you trust.
Honey is not recommended for children under two years of age due to the risk of infant botulism.