Cinnamon is a spice that has been widely used as a flavoring additive for many cuisines. However, cinnamon has been making a name for itself, especially in alternative medicine practices since medieval times, where it is said to alleviate and prevent various diseases and infections. The two main types are Cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon, also known as “true cinnamon.” Ceylon cinnamon is the best type of cinnamon for medicinal value. This is because it contains reduced amounts of Coumarin as compared to Cassia cinnamon, Coumarin in excess can be toxic and can result in liver damage.
Some of the health benefits accrued from cinnamon include;
It has anti-inflammatory properties
Tissue inflammation can result in an increased risk of diseases, for example, cardiovascular diseases. The antioxidants present in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties, which consequently reduce the risk of diseases.
Cinnamon reduces heart disease susceptibility
By controlling levels of cholesterol, as well as reducing blood pressure, cinnamon plays a great role in reducing the risk of heart infection.
Cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity
Insulin plays a great role in regulating the metabolism of carbs, fats as well as proteins. Some people are, however, resistant to insulin, a condition whereby cells stop responding to insulin. Cinnamon helps reduce insulin resistance.
The ability of cinnamon to increase insulin sensitivity can also help in lowering blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon is helpful in cancer prevention and treatment
In recent times, cancer has become one of the leading causes of death globally.
WHO estimates that in 2018 up to 9.6 million died of cancer. It arises from abnormal cell growth, which can spread to other parts of the body.
Cinnamon is still being studied as a potential prevention or treatment remedy for the disease. Cinnamon appears to be harmful to cancerous cells and also reduces the growth and spread of these cells.
Prevents the onset of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases
Cinnamon helps control blood glucose levels in the brain. Increased blood glucose levels can result in hyperglycemia, which consequently reduces cognitive ability. Cinnamon prevents hyperglycemia by controlling blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon ensures our longevity
Cinnamon boosts collagen production, which helps in preventing premature aging. Increased insulin is also said to result in wrinkle and blemish appearance. Cinnamon counters this by regulating blood sugar.
Cinnamon is known to help fight fungal and bacterial infections
Cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor as well as smell, inhibits bacterial growth. Cinnamon is, therefore, used to fight various bacterial infections and respiratory tract infections. Cinnamaldehyde antibacterial properties also help cinnamon in tackling bad breath, toothaches, tooth decay, and other dental problems.
Cinnamon is a coagulant and, therefore, can prevent bleeding.
It helps in blood circulation in the uterus.
Helps in treating appetite loss
Treating digestive problems.
Not only is cinnamon a great, healthy, and tasty spice, but its array of health benefits are also making it more popular in alternative medicine as well as conventional medicine practices. Over time as research advances, and we learn more about the spice, cinnamon will become essential in the prevention and treatment of many diseases and infections.
“I like cinnamon rolls, but I don’t always have time to make a pan. That’s why I wish they would sell cinnamon roll incense. After all I’d rather light a stick and have my roommate wake up with false hopes.”
~ Mitch Hedberg
NOTE * :
Although all material mentioned herein is based on scientific fact,it is for information purposes Only! And not intended to be a substitute to diagnose,treat or cure any health problems or mental disorders or any sympyoms thereof. Consult your Family or General Practitioner and/or Dietitian before starting any form of health regime.