Cinnamon or dalchini is one of the most common ingredient in Indian cooking. Known for its aromatic and pungent characteristics, cinnamon is often used as a falvouring agent. But there is more to this spice. Packed with innumerable compounds that make its essential oil a panacea for most ailments, cinnamon is a great natural way to keep your heart healthy and safe from atherosclerosis.
How it helps your heart:
Packed with fibre and calcium, cinnamon is great for the heart. Since the fibre and calcium and help transport bile salts outside the body, the body produces more bile salts for other bodily functions by breaking down cholesterol. This directly translates to lower cholesterol levels which protect the heart from blockages and the arteries from atherosclerosis.
How to use cinnamon for a healthy heart:
Tip #1: Have a teaspoon of cinnamon powder everyday on an empty stomach. You can add honey or drink it with warm water. Cinnamon powder can be made and stored for a few months, but make sure you store it in an airtight container, as the essential oils present in cinnamon are highly volatile.
Tip #2: Drink cinnamon tea with a teaspoon of honey every day, half an hour before breakfast. To make cinnamon tea, steep some unflavoured green tea and add a pinch of freshly ground cinnamon powder to it. Strain the tea and drink it while hot. You can add a spoon of honey for added flavour.
Alternatively you could add cinnamon powder to your meal by sprinkling it on your salad, coffee or other foods.