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Coffee is more than caffeine in a cup. It also has potential health benefits too. The consumption of coffee goes back centuries.In 17th century England the popularity of the drink gave rise to a number of coffee houses which were dubbed ‘penny universities’, because with one penny a person could buy a cup of coffee and have intellectually stimulating conversations with other people

Although coffee is famously known for its caffeine, she has a much more impressive side. It’s one of the riches sources of Chlorogenic acid (part of the phenolic acid family/antioxidants) which reduces oxidative stress and inflammation. Coffee also appears to increase insulin sensitivity which means a lowered risk for type 2 diabetes. This is also suspected to be due to Chlorogenic acid.

A recent study has found caffeine has the same effect on the body’s cells as muscle contractions caused through exercise. And though they don’t recommend anyone opt for coffee over fitness, they are currently looking at more ways caffeine positively influences DNA. As an added bonus, caffeine has been shown to reduce pain during exercise which may help you get through that last set of lunges.

Many of us love coffee because it has the ability to keeps us on our game, but studies show that caffeine has a positive effect on memory and thought processes, too. In fact, a study that looked at mice with the equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease (who consumed caffeine-laced water) experienced a decrease in the levels of a protein in the brain that is associated with the disease.

Mix these 3 ingredients into your coffee and burn more fat:

Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains saturated fat. The fats in coconut oil are mostly medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Here’s what you need to know.

They don’t require bile to be broken down because they’re shorter than other fats and they’re transported directly to the bloodstream through your portal vein. All this means is that you can quickly get energy from medium chain triglycerides and your body won’t add them to your love handles (unless you’re consuming an overabundance of calories).

Honey

Honey technically has more calories than sugar. A teaspoon of honey has about 21 calories, while one of white sugar contains around 16 calories. The sugars in honey taste sweeter than those in white sugar, so you may use less honey than sugar when sweetening your coffee.

Because the sugars in honey are processed faster, they’re less likely to be converted into fats and stored in your body.

The sugars in honey have a lower glycemic index than those in white sugar, which means honey will have less of an effect on blood-glucose levels.

Cinnamon

One study found just half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon can slow the speed at which the stomach empties following a meal, which can help control sharp rises and falls in blood sugar levels. Softening these sugar spikes can theoretically reduce cravings.

Excess sugar in the blood is normally converted to fat, adding to the existing fat stores. Cinnamon increases the metabolism, which means one would utilize more sugar, leaving little for storage.

If you’re not taking full advantage of the nutritional and medicinal properties of honey, it’s time to begin doing so because honey is a remarkable healing agent for all sorts of ailments. People have been using honey for its antibacterial and antifungal properties since the ancient times. In fact, the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians documented the healing properties of honey as early as Aristotle’s mention of it in 384 BC. At its basic state, one tablespoon of honey is about 64 calories and has no fat or cholesterol.

Antioxidants are responsible for many cinnamon health benefits. Cinnamon has more antioxidants than many so-called antioxidant foods, ounce-for-ounce. One teaspoon of cinnamon has as much antioxidant capacity as a full cup of pomegranate juice or a half-cup of blueberries.

Beyond antioxidants, cinnamon is also rich in natural compounds called polyphenols. These compounds appear to mimic the action of insulin in your body and may help regulate blood sugar levels. That makes cinnamon an important food for people with diabetes. The combination of honey and cinnamon has been used for centuries in both traditional Chinese and Ayurveda, a system of healing founded 5000 years ago in India. The two ingredients with unique healing abilities have a long history as a home remedy. Honey and cinnamon, which is one of the best-known mixtures, has been reported to be a natural cure for many diseases and a formula for many health benefits:

Weight loss

One of the first benefits we can highlight is how effective honey and cinnamon is for weight loss. Cinnamon provides a powerful insulin-boosting compound called polyphenol type A, which benefits obese people, pre-diabetics, and diabetics.

 

Reduces the risk of heart disease

One of the best honey and cinnamon cures is good heart care. Honey contains various polyphenols, like quercetin, galangin, and acacetin, that were found beneficial in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast – instead of jelly and jam – and eat it regularly for breakfast.  It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from a heart attack.   Also, even if you have already had a heart attack, studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack.  Regular use of cinnamon and honey strengthens the heart beat.  In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon will revitalize the arteries and the veins.

Colds

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic coughs, colds, and clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

Upset stomach

Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

Arthritis

Both honey and cinnamon provide relief from arthritis and has been proven through research. Cinnamon and honey provide strong anti-inflammatory compounds with antioxidants.

Hair loss

This combination of honey and cinnamon has long been used for those who suffer from hair loss or balding. Studies have shown this combination to be effective even if only left on for a mere 5 minutes.

With one delicious super food, you can simultaneously prevent topical infection, enhance athletic performance, soothe a troubled digestive system and relieve a sore throat. Sweet and powerful, the unprocessed, organic form of honey is an adequate source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and may help treat several health concerns. Unprocessed honey contains hydrogen peroxide as well as phenol acids, which help remove various bacteria from a topical injury. Raw honey’s antimicrobial agents make it an ideal natural infection-fighter and rapid healer. Honey is also a potent antioxidant, fighting the buildup of low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol, in the arteries and harmful free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for premature aging, cancer and tissue damage. Honey is rich with bifid bacteria, a group of bacteria associated with digestive and immune health. An effective probiotic, raw honey stimulates bifid bacteria growth in the intestine.

Cinnamon has long been used in traditional Asian medicine and is most often combined with other herbs. It has been used for joint pain, heart palpitations, and dysmenorrhea. Ancient Egyptians used cinnamon as an embalming agent; it was brought to Europe from Asia as a cooking spice and medicine. European herbalists prescribed it for dyspepsia, mild spasms, indigestion, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and uterine hemorrhaging.

Taken separately, each of them is an incredible food and medicine. Combined, their effects double. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties and it proved itself to be hugely useful for everything, from Type 2 Diabetes to sore throats and weigh control. Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Remember to take the real cinnamon, you wouldn’t want to heal something and destroy something else.

Here are some of the best uses of honey and cinnamon mixture:

ARTHRITIS:

Take one part honey to two parts of Luke warm water and add a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body. It is noticed that the pain recedes within a minute or two. Or for arthritis patients daily morning and night take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If drunk regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.

 

HAIR LOSS:

Those suffering from hair loss or baldness may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon or honey, one teaspoon cinnamon powder before bath and keep it for approx. 15 min. and then wash the hair. It was found very effective even if kept for 5 min. also.

 

BLADDER INFECTIONS:

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of Luke warm water and drink it. It destroys the germs of the bladder.

 

GOOD FOR YOUR HEART:

Healthy diet, active lifestyle and moderate exercise are great ways to maintain a healthy heart. Taking a drink of cinnamon and honey on a regular basis can prevent heart diseases by clearing the clogged arteries.

 

HELPING DIGESTION:

It cleanses the colon by eliminating the toxins. It helps promote good bacteria in the colon resulting in better digestion.

So treat yourself to this delicious mixture and enjoy all its benefits.