Health Benefits of Cinnamon


With just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day you can:


1- lower LDL cholesterol.

2- Regulate the effect of blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

3- stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

4- reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

5- have an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

6- If combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast you get a relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

7- inhibit bacterial growth and food spoilage, since it is a natural food preservative.

8- smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

9- fight the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

10- get a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.



                                                      

WASABI

                                                                

Wasabi, a popular Japanese vegetable includes cabbages, mustard, and horseradish. It has an extremely strong spicy flavor.The sensation that it gives is felt primarily in the nasal passages and can be pretty painful, its burning sensation lasts for only few seconds.


There are many health benefits of wasabi: anticancer, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-heart attack, and anti-stroke.

Anticancer Properties
Wasabi, like many cruciferous vegetables, contain isothiocyanates that has been proven effective against breast cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.

Antimicrobial Properties
The isothiocyanates found in wasabi have bactericidal properties, that have been found to kill pathogenic bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans and Helicobacter pylori. S. mutans is the bacterium that causes tooth decay. H. pylori is the bacterium associated with increased risk of gastric cancer.

Prevention of Heart Attack and Stroke
Isothiocyanates extracts from wasabi have blood-thinning or anticoagulation properties. Blood thinners disrupt the physical aggregation of platelets. Blood clot (aggregated platelets) can act as embolus or a mass that becomes lodged in a blood vessel and obstructs it. An embolus is the primary requirement for the occurrence of heart attack and stroke in humans. Consumption of foods that contain high amount of isothiocyanates like wasabi can help decrease the risk of getting heart attack and stroke.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Another health benefit of wasabi is the ability to inhibit inflammation. Isothiocyanate extract from wasabi has been found to block an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain. Consuming wasabi may help relieve the symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.