Both honey and cinnamon have amazing nutritional value and are chockfull of vitamins and trace minerals, so it only makes sense that they are considered an ultimate health combination. You can use them separately in certain dishes or as everyday condiments, but to really increase their overall value, it’s best to combine the two and use them together.
First consider why each of these is so beneficial for your health and then you can better understand why the two together make for such an amazing combination.
Honey is very high in protein content despite its sweet taste. If you need to eat a high-protein diet because you work out regularly but get tired of eating meat and dairy, try some honey to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Honey also has a good amount of vitamin B6 along with many amino acids that are needed for cell health, as well as niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin. Honey also contains calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc.
Similarly, cinnamon also has a somewhat sweet taste despite it being low in calories, so it’s a good condiment for those who need to cut down on their sugar intake. It has a trace amount of vitamins A and K as well as iron, calcium, and fiber.
So what can cinnamon and honey do together?
Virtually every major system in the body can benefit from honey and cinnamon together. The immune system is strengthened because both contain antioxidants which fight off free radicals. Free radicals are outside elements that attack healthy cells. These come from pollution, cigarette smoke, and chemicals in everyday products. Antioxidants help to protect cells and repair them, which in turn bolsters immunity.
The flavonoids in cinnamon are said to resemble insulin, so that it helps move glucose out of the bloodstream. This in turn can help a person manage their type 2 diabetes. The two can also be combined and added to warm water to help with weight loss. It offers a sweet flavor that can calm cravings.
Honey and cinnamon can actually be taken to help prevent cancer. Phytochemicals are elements found in honey that are thought to help prevent cancer, and cinnamon also has special properties that may help prevent cancer tumors from growing. Certain enzymes that produce cancerous substances in the body are also shut down by counteractive acids in honey.
If you suffer from indigestion after you eat, you might try a spoonful of honey with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top before a meal. The proteins and minerals in honey can help to aid in digestion so that food breaks down more easily.
Arthritis patients have found relief by drinking a cup of hot water with two spoonfuls of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken three times a day, even those who suffer from chronic arthritis can find relief.
As a topical treatment, you can add a small bit of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon to water and form a paste that helps to control the sting of insect bites. This paste can also be used on pimples and age spots to help reduce their appearance.
Honey and cinnamon even help protect your heart health, as the two combined together help to lower cholesterol levels. When cholesterol builds up it clings to the arteries so that the heart needs to work harder to pump blood through. This in turn can result in high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease, so cutting your cholesterol levels protects your heart.
Because it’s so healthy for all these reasons and more, be sure to add both cinnamon and honey to your everyday diet. It’s a health combination that offers amazing benefits to everyone.