How to Use Cinnamon Sticks
Have you made use of cinnamon sticks? Do you know how to use cinnamon sticks?
I am going, to be honest with you; I hadn’t used cinnamon sticks before and had no idea how to use them.
However, when I heard that cinnamon is beneficial for health and can also play a role in weight loss, I was eager to learn more about them.
In this article, I am going to share with you the information that I was able to collect about cinnamon sticks and also tell you the ways in which you can use this spice.
How to Make Cinnamon Sticks
Making cinnamon sticks isn’t that difficult. All you need is some bread, margarine or butter, sugar and some cinnamon in powdered form.
- Cut the bread into sticks after removing its crust.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan and mix the sugar and the powdered cinnamon on a plate.
- Coat butter onto the sticks of bread by dipping them into the melted butter and then roll them in the mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
- Place the cinnamon sticks in a baking tray and bake them in a preheated oven until they become crisp.
Cinnamon Sticks Usage Example (Tea Recipe)
Cinnamon sticks can be used in a number of ways.
I particularly like making cinnamon stick tea as it just takes half an hour to make and is extremely refreshing and healthy.
- To make cinnamon stick tea, you need to take one and a half cups of water in a pan and add a cinnamon stick into it after crushing it into small pieces.
- Slow boil the mixture for about 15 minutes until the water attains a pale yellow color.
- Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes until the water becomes golden red in color.
- Strain the tea and reheat it a little before serving.
Cinnamon Sticks Health Benefits
Cinnamon sticks have a dozen health benefits to offer.
I found a great number of studies on the internet which suggested that this spice was extremely effective in promoting a healthier lifestyle.
The following are some of the chief health benefits that you can avail by including cinnamon sticks in your daily diet.
Blood Sugar Control
Cinnamon sticks have been known to bring down blood sugar levels.
The World’s Healthiest Foods states that cinnamon can slow down the emptying rate of the stomach after a meal which in turn helps in minimizing the increase in blood sugar.
In addition to this, cinnamon has also been found to be extremely beneficial for diabetes patients as well.
Scientific research has proved that cinnamon can help people suffering from type 2 diabetes by improving their ability to react to insulin.
You can read more about about this in my article: Does Cinnamon Lower Blood Sugar & Help You Fight Diabetes?
Cinnamon sticks have been found to play a role in cancer prevention as well.
According to Organic Authority, there is evidence available which points towards cinnamon having potential anti-carcinogenic properties.
This means that cinnamon can, in fact, be used for treating or even curing cancer.
Although the research conducted on the possible cancer preventive effects of cinnamon is pretty limited, experiments conducted on animals have shown that cinnamon can inhibit the cancer cell growth and even result in cancerous cell death.
Suppression of Multiple Sclerosis
Cinnamon sticks have been found to be extremely effective in suppressing the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder.
Medical News Today maintains that the cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties which can help it in stopping the progression of Multiple Sclerosis.
Sodium benzoate, a metabolite of cinnamon can stop the production of inflammatory molecules in brain cells, thus suppressing this disorder.
Moreover, researchers have also found that the anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon can prove to be beneficial for other neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease too.
Arthritis Pain Relief
People have maintained for a long time that cinnamon sticks can help in relieving arthritis pain.
Now, science too has proven that cinnamon might have a role to play in arthritis pain relief.
According to Cinnamon Vogue, cinnamon sticks are rich in manganese which is utilized by the body for building connective tissues, blood, and most importantly bones.
People who suffer from manganese deficiency are thus more likely to suffer from a chronic condition like arthritis and osteoporosis, but those who use cinnamon can have strong bones and remain free from arthritis pain.
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
While researching the health benefits of cinnamon sticks, I found out that this spice can help in reducing the risk of heart disease as well.
Authority Nutrition states that cinnamon sticks can decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) in the body while maintaining the levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
Studies have shown that you only need to consume just 120 mg of cinnamon per day to lower your LDL cholesterol.
By reducing LDL cholesterol, cinnamon sticks can lower your risk of developing heart disease.
Cinnamon Sticks for Weight Loss
Aside from the other health benefits of cinnamon sticks, it is helpful for weight loss as well.
However, this does not mean that using cinnamon is going to decrease your weight drastically.
Cinnamon sticks can slow down your metabolism thus making you feel full.
This would stop you from eating more which in turn would keep your weight in check.
In addition to this, cinnamon also helps in digestion of food too which also prevents you from overeating.
So, all in all, cinnamon sticks can have an impact on your weight, but if you don’t pair it up with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, then you won’t be able to lose your weight.
In short, cinnamon sticks can be used in a number of ways.
You can either use them by making cinnamon stick tea or by sprinkling them over your food after crushing them into a fine powder.
I would recommend using the tea as it is both healthy and refreshing and can prove to be a good energy drink.
Cinnamon sticks can offer a number of health benefits to you and even help you in losing weight.
If you have any questions regarding the use of cinnamon sticks, then ask them in the comments section below.