Why is cinnamon considered a healthy spice?
Cinnamon, also called dalchini in Hindi, has been part of our diet since time immemorial. It is aromatic, tasty and adds a healthy dose of healthy nutrients to our diet. Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, potassium, magnesium and several essential vitamins and minerals that are known to help us detoxify, lose weight, manage diabetes and heart health, among others.
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Is cinnamon good for hair health?
As mentioned earlier, cinnamon is packed with several essential vitamins and minerals and these nutrients can also help improve hair health by reducing hair loss, promoting hair growth and treating dandruff. Let’s clarify further.
How does cinnamon help slow hair loss?
Hair loss that varies between 50 and 100 strands a day is considered normal, but when the number increases it becomes a cause for concern. That’s where a dose of cinnamon can help. According to a study, published in the International Journal of Ayurveda and Alternative Medicine, a compound in cinnamon called cinnamaldehyde can help blood flow to hair follicles, reducing the risk of hair loss.
How does cinnamon help promote hair growth?
A study conducted by researchers at the University of California found that cinnamon contains a compound called procyanidin, which is linked to hair growth. In addition, it is also a potent source of antioxidants, which help with detoxification by promoting blood and oxygen flow in the body.
How does cinnamon help prevent dandruff?
Cinnamon is packed with antibacterial and antifungal properties, and according to several studies, these properties can work against Malassezia, a fungus known to cause dandruff in the hair.
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How to include cinnamon in your diet for hair health?
While there are numerous culinary uses for cinnamon, one of the best ways to include it in your healthy diet is in the form of a detox tea. Cinnamon tea is easy to prepare and can help you make the most of its benefits.
How to Make Cinnamon Tea for Hair Growth?
You can prepare this drink in two easy ways – one recipe includes cinnamon sticks and the other includes ground cinnamon.
Recipe 1. How to make cinnamon tea with cinnamon sticks:
All you have to do is soak a half inch cinnamon stick in a glass of water overnight and boil it the next morning. Strain, add some honey and lemon if you like and drink.
Recipe 2. How to make cinnamon tea with cinnamon powder:
Take a glass of water in a saucepan and add half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Over low to medium heat, boil for about 10-15 minutes until the water changes color. Turn off the heat, strain the water and drink. You can add a little honey, lemon and black salt to taste.
How much cinnamon tea should a person drink in a day?
Experts recommend drinking no more than one cup of cinnamon tea a day. However, the amount varies from person to person according to their tolerance. Hence, it is always better to consult a health expert before adopting any lifestyle changes. And always remember, moderation is key!
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