Research and scientific studies confirm that cinnamon is considered a healthy and functional food, helping in several important organic functions. And its infusion is even better, as it enhances its effects. Let’s find out more about this tea that has been increasingly consumed by Brazilians.
What is drinking cinnamon tea good for?
Cinnamon tea is able to act in different areas of our body. It helps lower cholesterol, facilitates digestion , improves blood circulation , prevents premature aging, speeds up metabolism , boosts memory , regulates hormones, and also helps treat infections.
According to Ana Paula Ferreira Melo , postgraduate clinical nutritionist in herbal medicine, cinnamon tea is especially interesting for diabetics , due to its beneficial action in glycemic control.
“Another public that benefits a lot from cinnamon is that of practitioners of physical activities, due to the promotion of glucose utilization that cinnamon brings and also for its anti-inflammatory and thermogenic action”, adds the specialist.
In addition, cinnamon tea also helps to lower menstruation when she is late. However, consumption is only indicated to advance it within 2 days or to make it go down in case of delay of less than 1 month, and cannot be used in case of suspected pregnancy. “It promotes uterine contraction and, for this same reason, it is contraindicated for pregnant women ”, points out Ana Paula.
Cinnamon tea can also be used to regulate menstrual disorders, help to normalize irregular cycles and to relieve symptoms of premenstrual tension . However, for it to have the expected effect, it must be consumed regularly.
But be careful, never substitute medical treatment for tea. If these problems are frequent, see a gynecologist as soon as possible so they can assess what is causing these changes in the menstrual cycle.
What are the health benefits of this spice?
Cinnamon provides many benefits to our health, and the main one is related to its high concentration of antioxidants .
They are important as they fight free radicals, reduce the risk of chronic disease, fight premature aging and are able to repair cell damage throughout the body, from the skin to the internal organs.
“Cinnamon (and its infusion) improves the use of energy (glucose) in the blood, helps to modulate stress hormone levels and has digestive and antiseptic actions. Another important and well-known benefit is its ability to increase insulin sensitivity, that is, the hormone that sends glucose to the body’s cells”, adds Ana Paula.
By helping to balance cholesterol, cinnamon also minimizes the chances of heart disease and is also a natural anticoagulant , helping in cases of arthritis , varicose veins and joint pain.
We can also highlight its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action and its efficiency in alleviating cold symptoms ; intestinal disorders such as bloating, cramping and diarrhea ; and also reduce tiredness and stress.
In addition, cinnamon is rich in iron, calcium, fiber and manganese, and acts on connective tissues and the thyroid gland. Studies also show that it helps relieve intense muscle pain, thanks to nutrients such as sucrose and tannin.
Does cinnamon tea lose weight?
Cinnamon tea can be a great ally for those who want to lose weight, as its properties help to facilitate the fat burning process . “Cinnamon has a thermogenic action, that is, after consumption, our metabolism remains more accelerated, promoting greater caloric expenditure ”, explains Ana Paula.
In addition, cinnamon tea promotes a feeling of satiety and satisfaction, which prevents overdoing meals and reduces the desire to eat, especially those foods rich in sugar and white flour.
Thus, hunger takes a long time to appear, favoring appetite control and reducing the amount of calories consumed throughout the day.
However, the nutritionist emphasizes that it is no use drinking tea and not having healthy habits. “No food or tea alone has the power to lose weight. But, for those who are already eating healthy and practicing physical activities, cinnamon tea can really help”.
Learn how to make cinnamon tea
To make the cinnamon stick tea, Ana Paula advises that it must go through a boiling process, as this part is the tree’s stem and it is very rigid. Boil the cinnamon stick for about 5 minutes, strain and drink without sweetening. Using 6 grams of cinnamon sticks for 100 to 300 ml of water is a good proportion.
“If you wish, you can mix it with other herbs, such as cloves, star anise or orange peel ; all match very well”, indicates the professional.
To find out the frequency of use, quantity and the best time to consume cinnamon tea, Ana Paula advises that people should seek individualized guidance from a nutritionist. “The recommendation will depend on the patient’s needs, goals and routine,” she says.
How should I make powdered cinnamon tea?
Regarding powdered cinnamon, Ana Paula says that the best option is to use it only to sprinkle on food. Cinnamon stick is better for making tea, as its properties are better used than powdered cinnamon.
However, if you still want to make tea with powdered cinnamon, the recipe is simple: place ½ teaspoon or 1 level teaspoon of powdered cinnamon into a cup or mug.
Then add boiled water and let the mixture sit for 8 to 10 minutes. The powdered cinnamon tea should not exceed 6 grams as it is very concentrated.
“But pay attention! Look at the ingredient list for powdered cinnamon. The only ingredient should be cinnamon, many brands mix it with sugar”, warns the specialist. It is also possible to grind or grind cinnamon sticks at home, ensuring the quality of the food.
Cinnamon powder can be used in recipes for cakes, coffees, cupcakes, cookies, sweet breads, pies, pancakes, juices, mousses, etc. Special emphasis on banana and apple cucas, which are excellent with cinnamon.
Care and contraindications
Now that you know the answer to the question “what is cinnamon tea good for?”, it is also important to know about the precautions we should take with this tea and what are its contraindications.
As previously mentioned, cinnamon tea is contraindicated for pregnant women, due to the uterine contractions that can be caused by the drink. But, those who suffer from hypertension also need to be careful with the consumption of this infusion.
“In some hypertensive patients, cinnamon tea can change blood pressure . Therefore, in this case, only consume under pressure guidance and monitoring”, advises Ana Paula.
Therefore, moderate consumption and accompanied by cinnamon tea can bring numerous health benefits, in addition to helping to lose weight and lose weight. Never fail to consult a doctor and a nutritionist to learn how to properly use this incredible medicinal herb.