I know adding cinnamon (dalchini) and honey in warm water and drinking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, is the best way to lose weight. But little did I know that this combination can do much more than just keep me in shape. When I went through a few research articles on the net, I got to know about some of its lesser-known health benefits. Here goes the list.
#1 Boosts immunity
Many alternative practitioners and holistic nutritionists claim that the honey-cinnamon combo can up your immunity. Cinnamon possesses antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that can prevent many respiratory, as well as intestinal infections. The antimicrobial agents present in honey can prohibit the growth of bacteria and virus preventing many infections such as cold and influenza.
#2 Lowers bad cholesterol
If you regularly consume honey in small amounts with cinnamon, you can lower the levels of low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol and triglycerides in your body. The mixture can help clear clogged arteries and reduce the chances of heart attack.
# 3 Relieves cough
Honey and cinnamon together can be very effective as a home remedy for cough. It can clear phlegm from the chest and reduce your cough naturally. Cinnamon has antiseptic and natural warming properties that can relieve congestion.
# 4 Keeps blood sugar in-check
Adding honey and cinnamon to your diet can keep your blood sugar stable, thereby minimising the chances of developing diabetes. According to a research from the University of California, cinnamon has been proven to lower sugar as it can balance the insulin levels in the blood. You can try these 10 yoga poses to keep diabetes under control.
# 5 Improves digestive health
These two naturally healthy foods also make a wonderful combo for aiding digestion. It eliminates the toxins from the colon. In addition, honey displays antimicrobial properties that boost gastrointestinal health by eliminating free radicals. Cinnamon is an excellent carminative that can relieve intestinal gas. It also aids in building good bacteria in the gut, aiding in the digestive process.
# 6 Treats bladder infections
Cinnamon and honey combo can be an amazing solution for treating bladder infections and bacterial cystitis. Both the ingredients possess healing and anti-microbial properties that can eliminate any form of infection from the bladder. These 7 tips can prevent urinary bladder infections from recurring.
# 7 Eliminates bad breath
The cinnamon and honey combination can be a natural breath freshener. Both honey and cinnamon contain antibacterial properties that can naturally eliminate bad breath. It can also prevent odour-causing plaque from clinging to the teeth. This combo works extremely well for neutralising odours of onion and garlic.
# 8 Prevents tooth decay
The humble combination of cinnamon and honey can inhibit the growth of pathogens that lead to tooth decay and tooth plaque. On account of its anti-microbial properties, honey can prevent tooth decay. Applying a paste of cinnamon and honey, several times a day can treat infected gums. For the paste, mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with a tablespoon of honey. You can also add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to the mixture for a smooth consistency. Here are 10 ways to prevent dental cavities that can put you in a risk of tooth decay.
How to consume it?
- To a cup of boiling water add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
- Stir to mix well. Now leave the mixture for 15 minutes and let it cool down.
- Now add two teaspoons honey and mix all the ingredients together.
- You can drink half a cup of this concoction before breakfast or before going to bed.
Honey and cinnamon can also be added to your fruit juice, smoothie, yoghurt and cereals. I like to add cinnamon and honey on a slice of wheat bread instead of peanut butter. It tastes delicious. You need to try it.
Via The Health Site