Do you like cinnamon?
Cinnamon has a long history as a spice with medicinal benefit.
In fact, it is one of the oldest spices known to man.
It was sometimes regarded as more precious than gold. It was mentioned in the Bible and used in ancient Egypt.
Records show that it was also used in China as far back as 2,700 B.C.
It basically consists of the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, and comes in tubular form or in powder.
Cinnamon has been known to offer many health benefits, among them: reducing blood clots and protecting against unwanted microbes.
A recent study showed that cinnamon can actually help you stay focused. It tends to stabilize your blood sugar level and literally speeds the rate at which the brain processes visual cues. Thus, it improves one's responses to fast-paced activities such as tennis, which requires quick stops-and-starts.
Try chewing cinnamon gum before playing tennis. Or sprinkle some cinnamon on your cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. Or add a dash to your coffee.
Tennis and cinnamon - perfect together!
Source: Dr. David G. Amen, MD, writing in AARP The Magazine (May/June 2010).
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