What is Cinnamon Tea and what are its health benefits?
Cinnamon is a widely popular spice used in different sweet and savoury recipes for flavour. This exotic and tasteful spice is actually made from the bark of the cinnamon tree grown in tropical countries. Consumption of cinnamon on a regular basis also results in significant health benefits because of its nutritional properties. One of the easiest and effective medium to consume this spice regularly is the fragrant and delicious cinnamon tea. When taken in the form of tea all the nutritional components of cinnamon are preserved, it’s easier for the digestive system to absorb and the benefits are noticeable in a very short span of time.
Types of Cinnamon
There are various known varieties of cinnamon but Ceylon and Cassia are most widely used cinnamon types for commercial purposes. 90% of the Ceylon cinnamon or the “True Cinnamon” comes from Sri Lanka and rest from India, Madagascar, Brazil and the Caribbean. China, Indonesia and Vietnam are the biggest producers of Cassia Cinnamon variety.
Ceylon cinnamon comes from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum Zeylanicum tree. It is light brown in colour and has a sweet, subtle and delicate flavour. Because of its sophisticated and mild aroma, Ceylon cinnamon is a highly valued culinary spice and often used in preparing fine desserts. Daily consumption of Ceylon cinnamon is recommended in blood sugar patients as this variety of cinnamon contains a very small amount of coumarin. Coumarin is a naturally occurring fragrant organic compound found in plants and can cause liver damage if consumed in large quantities regularly. Hence, low quantities of coumarin are the property of Ceylon cinnamon that makes it highly sought after. Ceylon cinnamon is more difficult to find as compared to Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon requires a handcrafted process for harvesting and then rolling it into thin layers which make it an expensive option.
Cassia cinnamon also referred to as “Chinese cinnamon” comes from Cinnamomum Cassia plant. It is dark brown in appearance and has a pungent smell. It is also bitter in taste. Cassia cinnamon should not be consumed daily as it has a very high level of coumarin content. It can be harmful to the liver and kidney if consumed regularly. This is a relatively cheap variety of cinnamon and most commonly available in the market.
Cinnamon tea is a rich source of potassium which is very effective in normalizing the blood pressure levels and in maintaining a healthy blood pH level.
This aromatic tea also contains manganese which an essential mineral for our bodies and is required for the absorption of calcium and bone formation. Iron, copper, magnesium, and zinc are other mineral components of Cinnamon tea.
The presence of essential vitamins such as vitamin B2 and vitamin B9 which are associated with the production of red blood cells in the body and with protein metabolism for cell division and growth make Cinnamon tea a very healthy beverage option. It is also a rich source of vitamin C and B1.
Further, Cinnamon tea is packed with high antioxidant levels which help our body in getting rid of harmful free radicals and reduces signs of ageing.
Keeps cholesterol in check
Drinking Cinnamon tea regulates cholesterol levels in the body. An excessive level of cholesterol can cause various types of diseases. Cinnamon tea reduces high cholesterol levels and hence helps in maintaining healthy heart condition and overall body functions.
Stabilizes blood sugar
It is a known fact that high blood sugar can lead to diabetes. Therefore, it is important that we create an effective resistance towards increased levels of insulin. Cinnamon has been found to have an anti-diabetic effect. It blocks enzymes responsible for glucose absorption in the bloodstream after a high sugar meal. Hence consumption of cinnamon tea has positive effects on blood sugar levels of people suffering from Type II diabetes. It also reduces the risk of developing diabetes in people who are prone to the disease due to the medical history of the family.
Improves digestion and bowel movement
Cinnamon tea does wonder for our digestive system. It calms the stomach eliminates gas and regulates the bowel movement. Cinnamon stimulates the production of saliva and stomach acids which in turn helps in easy digestion of food. Drinking Cinnamon tea also relieves a bloated stomach and prevents issues like diarrhoea, stomach ache and constipation.
Maintains healthy colon
Cinnamon tea is rich in fibre, iron and calcium which combines with the bile salts and help in eliminating them from the body which otherwise can be harmful to the colon.
Combats weight issues
Cinnamon reduces the blood sugar levels in the body which in turn reduces the production of insulin in the body. This property of cinnamon is not only beneficial for people prone to diabetes but also a blessing for people struggling to lose excess weight. Less blood sugar means less insulin in the system and less storage of body fat. The antioxidant content of Cinnamon tea removes toxins and helps in the shredding of excessive fat. Also, Cinnamon Tea tends to be naturally sweet and does not require extra sugar or cream to add flavour. Consumption of one or two cups of Cinnamon tea on a daily basis gives quick weight loss results.
Improves blood circulation and maintains stable heart condition
Cinnamon tea reduces the possibility of blood clots as cinnamon has anti-clotting compounds. This property of cinnamon reduces the risk of stroke and heart attacks. It supports the proper and smooth circulation of blood in the body. Also, heart tissue needs to regenerate itself to fight heart attacks and stroke, and cinnamon is known to advance the tissue’s ability to repair itself after any damage.
Prevents infections and boosts the immune system
Bacteria and fungus can cause infections such as common cold and flu and can weaken our immune system. Drinking Cinnamon tea helps in improving the functionality of the immune system as cinnamon contains a number of unique organic compounds with antiviral and antifungal effects. The antioxidants seek and neutralize harmful foreign pathogens. A warm cup of Cinnamon tea helps to clear lungs and chest congestion.
Protects and boosts brain functions
It has been proved that antioxidant properties of cinnamon increases alertness, improves memory and brain efficiency. These properties also help in preventing any neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It helps neurons and improves motor function. Drinking Cinnamon tea helps the brain to refresh and rejuvenate. It reduces stress and increases productivity.
Provides relief from menstruation pain
Many women suffer from severe menstruation pain. Drinking Cinnamon tea can provide instant relief from the pain and cramps and can also reduce the severity of the blood flow as it has a number of analgesic and anticoagulant effects.
Slows down skin ageing
A lot of external factors today like pollution, exposure to ultraviolet rays, stress etc cause skin damage and ageing. Drinking cinnamon in the form of tea helps in increasing the blood flow which ensures beautiful plump skin and prevents fine lines.
Helps in managing PCOS
A lot of women suffer from PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Cinnamon has been proven to be effective in managing the symptoms of PCOS as it creates resistance towards increased levels of insulin. Cinnamon consumption keeps the blood sugar level in check and prevents weight gain in women suffering from this disease.
Reduces swelling and inflammation
Consumption of Cinnamon tea helps in reducing inflammation and pain. It soothes joint aches and muscle pains. It reduces coughing and throat irritation. It is also considered to be a popular remedy for headaches and migraines. As cinnamon boosts blood circulation it gives great relief from arthritis pain as well.
Helps in maintaining oral hygiene
Cinnamon tea helps in maintaining fresh breath and general oral health. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of Cinnamon helps in killing the carriers of bad breath, tooth decay and gum problems. It ensures a clean and healthy mouth.
Fights acne and blemishes
The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of cinnamon help in preventing and curing acne. It also helps in lightening the blemishes and maintaining clear skin. Drinking cinnamon tea regularly reflects great results on skin quality.
Helps in maintaining healthy hair
A daily cup of cinnamon tea ensures proper and smooth blood circulation in the body. This provides necessary nutrition to the hair roots and scalp and results in healthy and shiny hair.
Calms the nerves
Cinnamon tea helps in overcoming anxiety, depression and stress. The antibacterial properties present in cinnamon calms the nerves, soothes and warms the body. Cinnamon is considered to be a “warming herb” in Ayurveda.
Taste and smell of Ceylon Cinnamon tea
Ceylon Cinnamon Tea is aromatic and flavourful. A cup of Ceylon Cinnamon Tea is golden in appearance and surprisingly refreshing without any bitterness. It is naturally sweet with no caffeine and no sugar.
Where to get good quality Cinnamon tea
Cinnamon Tea is available at teakruthi and our blend is called Cinnamon Chai. This flavourful tea is a blend of Pure Ceylon Cinnamon and low grown black tea. Orange Pekoe grade of fresh leaves with Cinnamon flavour is one of the most loved tea varieties. This heavy and robust hand-plucked tea is spicy, golden in appearance and feels fresh and aromatic. Ceylon Cinnamon, known as the “real cinnamon”, is indigenous to Sri Lanka and has a reputation of the LUXURY SPICE. It is of very fine quality and is known for its pleasant aroma and sweet taste.
How to brew Ceylon Cinnamon flavoured Black tea
To prepare a perfect cup of Cinnamon flavoured Pure Ceylon Black Tea use freshly drawn, cold water. Water with natural mineral content enhances the flavour of the tea. Use of pre-heated water or distilled water is not recommended as the lack of minerals make the tea taste dull and flat. One can use a variety of vessels to brew Ceylon Black Tea but a ceramic teapot would be an ideal vessel.
Bring fresh cold water to boil in a kettle. This is tea is best brewed at a temperature between 185 - 195 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour hot water into the teapot and add a proper amount of tea leaves. Adding 1 tsp of tea leaves per 6-8 oz of water would be suitable. Steep it for 3-5 minutes. Cover the tea while it steeps to maintain the heat in the pot. Taste the tea after the recommended time and then decide if further steeping is required. Avoid over the brewing of tea as over-brewed tea develops bitterness.
Strain completely into teacups and enjoy the flavourful drink. Cinnamon flavoured Pure Ceylon Black Tea is best enjoyed plain without milk. However, condiments such as sugar, honey and lemon can be added according to taste. One should take proper care that these enhancements should not compromise the flavour of the tea.
How to store Ceylon Cinnamon Black tea
Ceylon Cinnamon Black Tea should be stored carefully in an airtight container. Tea has a tendency to absorb moisture as well as fragrance, this could tamper the actual flavour of the tea. Light and heat can trigger enzymes which degrade the tea quality. For long shelf life, Ceylon Cinnamon Black Tea should be stored in a cool and dry place at room temperature. Refrigeration is not recommended as it can rapidly shorten the life of tea leaves. It should be stored away from anything with a strong odour. A safe method to store this tea would be using an opaque, airtight container away from any light and moisture.
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One of the main advantages of the benefits of cinnamon tea is that it helps in weight reduction or can say weight loss.