Health Benefits of Cinnamon

What is Cinnamon?

 

Cinnamon is the dried, pale-brown inner bark of a laurel-like tree which usually grows up to 10 feet tall.  The bark is then dried in thin cylindrical strips or quills, scrolled together. 

 

Types of cinnamon

 

There are basically 4 types of cinnamon but the 2 most popular variety are the Ceylon cinnamon (scientific name is Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and Cassia cinnamon, also known as Chinese cinnamon, (scientific name is Cinnamomum cassia).

 

Although both varieties have a similar flavour and aroma, the Ceylon cinnamon, also called the "true cinnamon", is sweeter and milder compared to the Chinese cinnamon which has a less refined and slightly bitter taste.

 

Cinnamon parts used

  • Bark

  • twigs

  • essential oil

Cinnamon health benefits

 

Cinnamon contains calcium, iron and manganese which are beneficial for the body.  However its main source of healing power is actually in its cinnamon oil which is high in the antioxidant proanthocyanins. 

 

Cinnamon also contains a polyphenol compound which is known as methylhydroxy chalcone polymer or MHCP, which can actually mimic the function of insulin in the body and hence help in controlling blood sugar levels for people suffering from diabetes.

 

Most diabetics also suffer from elevated blood levels called triglycerides as well as "bad" cholesterol or LDL.  Insulin is able to partly help in controlling these blood levels as well as blood sugar and in fact, studies have proven that cinnamon is equally helpful in lowering unhealthy blood levels of fat plus cholesterol.

 

Diabetics also suffer from having a large amount of circulating free radicals in the body and again studies has shown cinnamon to be effective in helping to neutralize these extremely damaging molecules.

 

Hence the health benefits of cinnamon are truly astonishing as it:

  • helps stimulate the circulation

  • has a tonic effect on the kidneys

  • is a warming digestive remedy

  • makes an effective tea for the common cold

  • reduces the spread of lymphoma and leukemia cancer cells

  • regulates and reduce blood sugar in type 2 diabetes

  • reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) with just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily

  • effective in stopping yeast infections which are actually resistant to medications

  • effective relief from painful arthritis with just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey taken each morning prior to breakfast.  In fact it is even believed that cinnamon can even cure chronic arthritis provided it is consumed regularly. 

  • kills germs in the urinary bladder with just 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey

  • effective against helicobacter pylori bacteria that can cause ulcers in the stomach

  • stops diarrhea

  • relieve toothaches

  • eliminate bad breath

  • treats migraine pain and headaches

  • can be used as a diluted essential oil for chest rubs or abdominal massage for colic

  • able to boost memory and cognitive function by just smelling cinnamon

  • prevents food spoilage and growth of bacteria in foods if cinnamon is added

Just 1 teaspoon or 1 gram of cinnamon powder daily will do wonders for our health. In fact, even smaller quantities may also help.  Adding cinnamon to diets is really easy as you just need to simply:

  1. Sprinkle some cinnamon onto:
     

    • oatmeal

    • toast

    • cereal

    • yoghurt

    • apples or other fruits
       

  2. Spice up cooked vegetables and meats such as:
     

    • carrots

    • sweet potatoes

    • winter squash
       

  3. Swizzle some cinnamon sticks in beverages such as:
     

    • coffee drinks

    • hot cider

    • juices

Caution

 

Cinnamon has completely no side effects for you to worry about unlike prescription drugs.  Even though there are cases where it does not seem to help, it still would not hurt to try out this cinnamon herbal remedy.  However there are certain important things to take note of:

  • Cinnamon oil is meant for external use only and not meant for consumption as it can become toxic in even small amounts.

  • Do not fill up your body with cinnamon pies, buns or other types of high-calorie sweets containing cinnamon as this action can be detrimental especially to those suffering from diabetes.  Just simply make cinnamon as part of your healthy diet regime.

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