Spices, herbs, tinctures and essential oils have been used for millennia to season our food, heal our bodies and boost our spirits. In our Throwback Thursday (#TBT) series, we at re:iimmune will take you back in history to learn how these gifts from Mother Nature have been used. We'll focus on their use through the ages and beneficial purposes in regard to nutrition, natural health and household care.Today, cinnamon is a well known and beloved spice that is widely available and used frequently. In ancient Egypt, it was a rarity and considered so valuable that it was regarded as a gift for kings. It was also utilized in the embalming of mummies! Cinnamon was used throughout the ancient world. Arab traders brought it to Europe but the difficulty of traveling across the region turned the spice into something of a status symbol. According to history.com, To maintain their monopoly on the cinnamon trade and justify its exorbitant price, Arab traders wove colorful tales for their buyers about where and how they obtained the luxury spice. One such story, related by the 5th-century B.C. Greek historian Herodotus, said that enormous birds carried the cinnamon sticks to their nests perched high atop mountains that were insurmountable by any human. According to the story, people would leave large pieces of ox meat below these nests for the birds to collect. When the birds brought the meat into the nest, its weight would cause the nests to fall to the ground, allowing the cinnamon sticks stored within to be collected. Cinnamon is actually the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum. When it dries it curls up into quills and then is either cut into sticks or ground into a powder. It’s amazing smell is due to the oil in the bark which has high concentrations of Cinnamaldehyde. Although there are hundreds of varieties of this spice in the world, today we are best acquainted with the Ceylon and Cassia varieties. So other than it’s amazing taste and smell, what is this spice good for? Well as sweet smelling as it is, it may help with regulating blood sugar. However studies are inconclusive so don’t get too excited about this wonder spice as an aid for diabetes just yet. That said, there are plenty of other reasons to sprinkle a little cinnamon into your diet. It’s a powerhouse of an antioxidant, even nudging out garlic and oregano for the number two spot in its potency, just behind mint. It’s also a natural and powerful anti-microbial. It’s traditionally been used in helping to preserve meat and it can be used to make a delicious smelling countertop spray to help keep germs at bay. In addition, cinnamon oil is useful in tooth and gum care and as a natural insect repellant. Looking for some easy ways to get more cinnamon into your diet? We’ve pulled together a few links to great recipes to try. Enjoy! Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas Savory Coconut Rice with Cinnamon Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas
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Zinc isn't normally the first thing to pop in your head when you head to the vitamin section for an immune boost, but Zinc is in fact the secret gem of supplements. If you were to ask the average person what supplement they would think of first in terms of boosting ones immune system, chances are they would answer: Vitamin C.
Vitamins are key components to boosting your immune system, but there are other highly effective, and complex supplements that deserve a little more recognition. Zinc is one of these important supplements that is technically considered an “essential trace element” and is often thought of as a “natural cold remedy”, yet, Zinc has so much more to offer your body’s health and well-being than we commonly consider and that is exactly why we specifically chose it to join the re:iimmune® formula.
According to researchers at the Department of Dermatology at the University of California,
zinc plays an essential role in numerous biochemical pathways: organ systems, including the integumentary, gastrointestinal, central nervous system, immune, skeletal, and reproductive systems… Zinc deficiency results in dysfunction of both humoral and cell-mediated immunity and increases the susceptibility to infection. (1)
In other words; Zinc is good for your whole body! Not only does it boost your immune system, it is in fact crucially essential to your body’s immune response, hormonal function, nervous system, energy levels, and may lower your metabolism if your zinc levels drop below a healthy marker. Some symptoms that you may experience if you are in fact zinc deficient include:
- Poor concentration or memory
- Hormonal complications
- Nerve dysfunction
- Digestive issues, including diarrhea
- A slower healing process when wounded
- Abnormal hair loss
Zinc is more than simply a slight boost to your body’s immune function, but it is an essential nutrient that your body requires on a regular basis. When we mention zinc as a component to re:iimmune’s Hydrobiotic™ formula, we often title it simply as an extra immunity boost. In actuality it was chosen carefully for its smorgasbord of vital health components. When re:iimmune was created, the time was taken to hand pick each ingredient, analyze it’s potential to make people better, and chosen for the highest quality potential. So, the next time you’re feeling under the weather and you reach for your own glass of re:iimmune, you can feel confidence in the fact that every single piece of this recovery puzzle was put together to specifically help you get better, better™!