This Common Spice May Help Fight Infections

Find out why cinnamon may come in handy outside the kitchen.

Over the last several generations, a large number of bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics, leading the World Health Organization to say "this is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today." Given the severity of this crisis, researchers are looking for alternative ways to effectively fight infections and prevent the spread of disease.

Enter: cinnamon. Dr. Sanjida Topa and her team at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia have begun investigating all-natural remedies and have focused their attention on cinnamon because studies have shown that the essential oil version may have antimicrobial properties. They were particularly focusing on cinnamaldehyde (CAD), the part of cinnamon oil that gives it its taste and smell. Their findings suggest that CAD can help break down biofilms, which are the sticky layers (think dental plaque) that are part of infections that medications can't break through and destroy. 

To start, they took a bacterium specifically responsible for infections in patients with compromised immunity and found that CAD was able to break down the biofilms of this bacteria in over seventy-five percent of cases. While more research is required to determine the extent to which cinnamon can play a role in fighting infections, in the meantime it can't hurt to add a spoonful to your morning coffee, oatmeal, or smoothie. 


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Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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