Cinnamon is good for you!
Cinnamon has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. Egyptians, Persians, Chinese and Indians always regarded cinnamon as a gift fitted for kings. This delicious spice is not expensive and can be found at any supermarket or health food store. Remember, There are two main types of Cinnamnon:
- Ceylon also known as “true” Cinnamon
- Cassia is the more common variety today, what people generally refer to as cinnamon.
Cinnamon is made by cutting the stems of the cinnamomum tree. The inner bark is extracted and the woody parts removed from it. Cinnamon is high in a substance called cinnamaldehyde, which is responsible for most of the health benefits.
Cinnamon has so many health benefits that are supported by the scientific community. Here are few of them:
Cinnamon has loads of antioxidants:
Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative damage. One of the most powerful antioxidants in cinnamon is Polyphenols. Cinnamon has been declared the winner of foods with antioxidant when compared to 26 spices and even outranked superfood of all time Garlic.
Anti-Inflammatory properties of cinnamon
Inflammation helps body fight infections and repair tissue damage. However, inflammation can become chronic and directed against the body’s own tissues. Cinnamon may be useful in this regard, because some studies show that the antioxidants in it have potent anti-inflammatory activity.
Cuts the risk of Heart disease
Cinnamon has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease. 1 gram of cinnamon per day can help people with type 2 diabetes. It also helps reduce levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides with HDL cholesterol. Cinnamon also reduces blood pressure.
Got diabetes – Use Cinnamon
Cinnamon is well known for lowering blood sugar. Cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal. It does this by interfering with various digestive enzymes which breaks down the carbohydrates. Cinnamon can also act on cells by mimicking insulin. This greatly improves glucose uptake by cells.
Cinnamon the medicine Neurodegenerative diseases
Neurodegenerative diseases are commonly known as Alzheimer and Parkinson. Two compounds found in cinnamon appear to inhibit the buildup of a protein called tau in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Cinnamon has been shown to lead to various improvements in Alzheimers and Parkinson.
Cinnamon used for cancer treatment
Cancer has been studied worldwide for its potential use in cancer treatment. Some studies on animals have suggested that Cinnamon acts by reducing the growth of cancer cells and the formation of blood vessels in tumors.
Cinnamon vs. Bacterial and fungal infections
Cinnamaldehyde, the main active component of cinnamon may help fight various infections. Cinnamon oil has ben shown to effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi.
Now go make yourself a cinnamon Tea!