Honey Cinnamon and Turmeric
Recently I was reading an article about a university study in the UK about Parkinsons disease; they had been looking at the benefits of using cinnamon to reduce the shaking effect on people with this debilitating disease. No, I don’t have Parkinsons, but I have inherited shaky hands from my mother’s side of the family.
With that in mind, I went out and bought a cinnamon supplement but was a bit taken aback at the price of nearly a dollar per capsule.
Combining for Taste
I used the month’s supply and in the first week my hands had become steadier. I encouraged my elderly Mother to try cinnamon but unfortunately, it had little effect on her shakiness.
After my month’s supply was used up I didn’t buy any more and, within a few weeks, the shakiness started to return. The cost was a put off but I knew I needed to be back on them and then someone mentioned taking it with honey. Since I also wanted to take turmeric supplement, I decided to combine it with the cinnamon and honey and use it as a spread on toast or crumpets. I have to tell you I love the taste, for me the benefits of combining honey cinnamon and turmeric works perfectly .
Turmeric and cinnamon, like many other herbs and spices, do have side effects. For instance, pregnant and lactating mothers should avoid taking them as a supplement as it may harm the child. Diabetics should first check with their health professional.
The Power of Herbs
The benefits of turmeric have long been known and yet many are not proven by medical researchers. I guess the big pharmaceutical companies that fund these researchers don’t need to prove a product that they have no control over, since turmeric and cinnamon are freely available in the supermarkets.
Turmeric has been used in India and South Asia for hundreds of years. As well as using it in their cuisine to create color and flavor, it is also used as an antioxidant; helps to get rid of free radicals that cause so many health problems; helps flush toxins out of the body and some researchers say it helps to stop the occurrence of cancer and it contains anti-inflammatory abilities, which help many health issues like arthritis, tissue sprains and healing open wounds.
These benefits make it well worthwhile including turmeric in this spread.
Read this article from the Huffington Post talking about the latest research on turmeric.
Cinnamon has long been an additive to enhance sweetness; helps lower LDL cholesterol and blood sugar levels; is considered to have anti-clotting properties and may help with brain development.
Tip: When buying cinnamon, look for Ceylonese cinnamon, it’s considered healthier than the cinnamon from China or Asia.
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The mix I make suits me, you may need to adjust the amounts. My recipe uses liquid honey, Ceylon cinnamon and Turmeric – 2 tbsp of honey to 2 tsp of cinnamon to 1 tsp of turmeric. Mix together and store in a jar. Should keep for several weeks in your pantry, no need to for refrigeration.
I have found this combination of honey, cinnamon and turmeric beneficial to my well being. It’s an easy and inexpensive way of of taking these spices and I write only what I really believe in.
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As with many foods, excessive amounts can be harmful so always take in moderation and if you have any related health issues or concerns, check with your professional first.
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