HONEY AND CINNAMON -- CURE ALL OR HOAX?

What are the health claims about honey and cinnamon?

There are several internet sites that proclaim some amazing health effects of eating a mixture of honey and cinnamon. Some of these websites claim that honey and cinnamon can cure:
     > heart disease
     > arthritis
     > colds and flu
     > cancer
It is also claimed that the mixture improves bad breath and promotes weight loss. But according to Snopes.com, these claims have been circulating the internet for a number of years and contain a mixture of fact and fiction.

A More Balanced View

The website NaturalNews.com takes are more balanced approach to the subject of honey and cinnamon: "Folk wisdom still retains knowledge of the healing properties of both honey and cinnamon. Honey and cinnamon are still used as medicine in many situations, especially among people who, because of distance or income, have reduced access to mainstream health care. Honey possesses natural anti-bacterial properties. Honey poured on wounds or burns prevents infection and promotes healing. Regular consumption of honey and cinnamon together, when combined with an overall healthy diet and moderate activity level, can prevent heart disease by clearing clogged arteries. Drinking honey and cinnamon in lukewarm water results in them moving through the bladder and cleansing it, as well as clearing infections there. Drinking this beverage on a regular basis can also relieve, and in some cases entirely cure, arthritis pain. This drink also strengthens the immune system, helping ward off colds as well as some viruses. Applying a paste of honey and cinnamon to infected gums can ease pain and bleeding as well as slow the progression of the infection. When consumed together, honey and cinnamon can ease digestion, helping to prevent gas. Honey and cinnamon also provide energy, making people more mentally alert and ready for physical activity. The two biggest claims for honey and cinnamon are that they enhance the ability to lose weight, and they are effective against some forms of cancer. While these latter two claims are unproven, nature does provide an amazing range of natural healing substances, most of which are untested by medical science. Relying exclusively on honey and cinnamon for either weight loss or eliminating cancer is not advisable."

Some Personal Experience

From personal experience, I can say that a daily dose of raw honey helps to keep me happy and healthy. I start nearly every day with herbal tea (Rooibos is my favorite) mixed with a generous teaspoon of raw honey and a splash of raw apple cider vinegar. On average, I get a minor cold once every two years, and my springtime pollen allergies have been largely eliminated. I also had a nasty, second-degree burn in the summer of 2013 when I got into a disagreement with a pot of melted beeswax. When dressing the wound each day, I alternated between fresh aloe and raw honey. I was amazed at how quickly the burn healed, and with almost no scarring. I later learned that the enzyme glucose oxidase, which is found in raw honey, is converted into hydrogen peroxide when exposed to the water and salt produced by your skin. How cool is that? Raw honey actually produces medicine inside the skin wound, where it promotes healing. So it might be just a bit self serving, but Smiley Honey wholeheartedly endorses the generous consumption of raw honey on a daily basis, for both your health and your happiness! And if you want to add some cinnamon to your honey while you are at it, there is at least some evidence that this mixture promotes good health.

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A Healthy Treat Using Honey and Cinnamon

Olympic volleyball player Misty May Treanor said that: "My favorite power food is Greek yogurt and honey." We added a couple more ingredients to make a healthy breakfast meal or afternoon snack.

     > Mix 1 and 1/2 cups of plain Greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered honey
     > Add some fresh fruit and then dust with a few shakes of cinnamon

This recipe is simple, sublime and very healthy.

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