Seasonings are used to improve tastecooked dishes, but many of them also have useful qualities. Such spices include cinnamon. The properties of this plant are used in the treatment of various ailments and in cosmetology. In shops, cinnamon is sold in the form of powder or sticks. And how does it look in nature?
The plant is called "Cinnamon cinnamon",grows in the tropical forests of Asia, Sri Lanka and the Seychelles. Also this evergreen tree is grown in Brazil, Egypt and Vietnam. Fruits are berries up to 1 cm in diameter with a characteristic violet hue. To prepare the seasoning, a thin inner layer of bark is used, which is dried, rolled into strips and cut into pieces. So on sale comes the well-known cinnamon. The properties of the seasoning are a pleasant aroma and sweet taste.
There is also a false crocus, this plant innature is called "cassia", but it is found in Indonesia, China. The quality of this product is much lower than the present, because the whole bark is used for its preparation. In addition, the composition of cassia is coumarin in a concentration that is dangerous to human health.
The spice contains a large number of essentialoils, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and fatty acids. Caloric content of cinnamon is high enough, but it is consumed in small amounts, so there is no harm to the body.
Thanks to the content of a huge number of activecomponents, in cooking, folk medicine and cosmetology is used exactly cinnamon. Its properties are very useful for the body, since they have an antifungal, bactericidal, warming, disinfectant, antidepressant effect.
The properties of cinnamon reduce weight and sugar in the blood,normalizing the process of digestion and the work of the heart and vessels, are very much appreciated by dieticians and adherents of alternative medicine. It is also worth noting that the spice is able to cope with a cold and cough.
Despite a number of positive points thathas cinnamon, useful properties and contraindications complement each other. Individual intolerance, low blood pressure, advanced age, high fever, excitability - these are the factors that should make you exclude from the diet this spice. Pregnant, too, is for the time being to refrain from eating cinnamon.