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Cinnamon sticks and powder

Sprinkle On A Little Cinnamon

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once said, “Cinnamon. It should be on tables in restaurants along with salt and pepper. Anytime someone says, “Oooh, this is so good- what is this?’ The answer invariably comes back, ‘cinnamon.’ Cinnamon. Again and again.” Indeed, one can’t go too wrong with cinnamon. It goes with everything from toast to apples, tea to coffee, rice pudding to noodle pudding. Even Pizza Hut can hardly deny the boost to their sales caused by the addition of cinnamon sticks to their dessert menu. And now cinnamon can add another feather in its cap. It’s good for you!

Source of Antioxidants
Cinnamon is full of antioxidants that protect against free radical damage and slow the process of aging. Researchers have found forty-one protective compounds in the spice, and that’s only to date!

The OTAC scale, used to measure antioxidant concentration ranks cinnamon a respectable number 7 in all herbs, spices, and foods and was the hands down antioxidant- concentration winner in the herbs and spices category, beating out rosemary, thyme and oregano.

Cinnamon in a mug

The antioxidants in cinnamon also contribute to its anti -inflammatory effects, which can help decrease the risk of cancer, diminish decline of brain function, and heart disease. Research has revealed the presence of over seven kinds of flavanoid compounds in cinnamon, which are known for their ability in fighting disease -causing inflammation throughout the body. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon is also an effective source of pain relief, helping to soothe muscle soreness, allergic reactions, and PMS pains.

Heart Health
Another health benefit of cinnamon is its ability to reduce cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, two of the most common factors for heart disease. Compounds in the spice can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol while stabilizing HDL (good) cholesterol, promoting heart health.

Research also shows cinnamon boosts blood circulation and aids the body in its ability to repair tissue after it’s been damaged, including heart tissue.

Fights Diabetes
Also an effective anti-diabetic, cinnamon can help lower levels of blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity. This is because cinnamon is capable of blocking enzymes that allow the blood to absorb glucose, decreasing the amount of sugars that enter the bloodstream, which is especially beneficial to diabetics.

Cinnamon powder

Prevents Cognitive Decline
Cinnamon protects cognitive function by activating proteins that protect brain cells from damage and reduces oxidative stress. Furthermore, its high concentration of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds make it a candidate for possible therapeutic treatment in preventing age-related disease.

Lowers Risk of Cancer
You can also add the ability to lower cancer risk to this spice’s already impressive resume. Cinnamon protects against cell mutation, DNA damage and tumor growth, Studies show that is the compound cinnamaldehyde that is responsible for the inhibition of cancer growth and also the cause of apoptosis, the self-destruction of cancer cells.

Protects Against Bad Breath
Cinnamon Trident, anyone? Studies show cinnamon contains extracts that protect against bacteria that cause bad breath, cavities and tooth decay. Furthermore, the essential oils in cinnamon have proven more potent than any other known plant extracts. It can be used naturally as an anti-bacterial mouthwash and as a flavoring agent in chewing gum to remove oral bacteria.

What do your sprinkle your cinnamon on? Let us know your innovative ways of spicing things up!

Trends in Beauty Ingredients – Vine Vera Reviews

Women adores her favorite beauty ingredients


The biggest beauty trends for the year 2013 were natural ingredients, anti-aging and multi-functional products. The influence of these trends continued into the year 2014, with the inclusion of more men’s personal care products and the use of hydrating ingredients for skin care. A number of products that offered a combination of both trends entered the world of skin care as developers searched for the next big thing. According to statistics, consumers spend about $120 billion each year on personal care products and this figure is expected to increase to $630 billion by the year 2017. In this article, Vine Vera examines the top trends in beauty ingredients.

The Main Highlights of 2013

For the past two years, the top brands have been offering customers multi-functional products, i.e., products that perform at least 2 functions. UV protection has also emerged as one of the key things that consumers look for when it comes to multi-functional products. In fact, 46% customers asked for makeup that offered UV protection in the year 2013. To offer UV protection in their products, a number of developers have reached out to new skin ingredients like SPF enhancers.  Most modern customers are also searching for products that address multiple signs of aging, like products that address dryness and sun damage at the same time or products that deal with hyper-pigmentation and wrinkles at the same time.

To address these demands, cosmetic brands have focused their energies on creating new anti-aging solutions that address a wide range of concerns by adding minerals, antioxidants and vitamins into their product formulations. New areas of personal care such as anti-aging hair care have also emerged in the rapidly growing anti-aging market.

Another trend that has seen a significant rise in the past couple of years is the demand for natural products. This has challenged developers to come across with healthy and effective products that contain natural ingredients and are equally effective. This is why manufacturers are experimenting with ingredients like gellan gum, sunflower, vegetable oils and carrageenan. Active ingredients from beets also are being used to derive lactic acid.

The Main Highlights of 2014

The year 2014 saw brands looking towards ingredients that offer hydrating effects to creams and serums. One of the main challenges was to find the right hydrating ingredient that offered an appealing texture. This became particularly important in the world of skin care, where it is essential to offer hydration without creating a mask-like feel. This saw the introduction of rich pigments and hyaluronic acid in formulations to get that healthy look. Silicones emulsifiers and elastomers were also added in some products because of their pleasing aesthetics and hydrating effects.

Another change that came about in the year 2014 was a new approach to color. Beauty brands switched their attention to unique colors and brighter colors like neon pink and blaze orange. As a result, formulations were devised to highlight the bright hues. One of the best examples was the development of a neon-colored lip gloss that offered shear lip color and ensured that the hair wouldn’t stick to the lip. The gloss had an exciting base combination that offered more shine and longer-wear properties. The use of hydrating ingredients further allowed this gloss to offer plumping and conditioning effects.

2015 and Beyond

The demand for new and improved grooming and personal care products has opened up new territories in the world of skin care, thereby making 2015 an extremely exciting time for the skin care industry. Brands are looking to move into new ingredients and match the ever increasing demands by integrating products that offer multiple benefits, looking for new anti-aging solutions and offer natural ingredients in their product formulations.

Vine Vera is glad to have already ensured that our formulations meet the latest trends. Vine Vera products already use some of the most effective ingredients, serve a number of purposes and offer customers a moisturized look. And since is still a lot of opportunity for innovation, Vine Vera tries to create and discover new and improved solutions every single day.