Cinnamon is a small tree that is commonly found in South Asia and the Middle East region. It is the bark portion of the tree available in sticks or powder form across the counter. The two most popular types of cinnamon are Ceylon and Cassia.
Cinnamon has been used for its culinary and medicinal benefits. Cinnamon is an anti-oxidant, while its oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. As a result, it has been used as an effective home remedy for ailments like blood sugar levels, Type 2 Diabetes, cholesterol, digestive disorder, diarrhea, common cold, arthritis, memory and cognitive function enhancement, toothaches, bad breath, headaches and migraine headaches.
Is it a myth or fact then that cinnamon can help in weight reduction? In fact, cinnamon is most popular for this attribute. The drink is prepared by boiling one teaspoon honey with half teaspoon cinnamon powder. This is strained and split into two portions. One portion is had half an hour before breakfast, and the other half an hour before you retire to bed. Cinnamon and honey stop fat accumulation. Honey works as antioxidant, while cinnamon influences sugar breakdown in a way that it does not turn into fat.
This does not work in isolation. Ingestion of this drink along with a balance between proper diet and cardio and strength exercises will see one through to the end result of loosing even up to 3 to 5 pounds in a week. Rigorous dieting is not required but one must avoid fatty or junk foods.
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