Cinnamon is a spice that comes from the branches of wild trees belonging to the genus (Cinnamomum) native to the Caribbean, South America and Southeast Asia.
It has been consumed as far back as 200 BC and considered a remedy, being popular in particular for persons suffering from Arthritis and sore throats.
There are also 2 types of cinnamon:
Cinnamon aromaticum (Cassia cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon), which originates from southern China, is typically less expensive than Ceylon cinnamon, which is commonly used more in the Western culture supposed to east and also referred to as Cinnamon verum.
As well as it’s rich smell that pleasantly pleasing and refreshing when consumed, can give a nice spicy taste that’s not too harsh on the throat, with some placing the sticks in their teas for more flavour, (the spicy way, but not in a spicy way to burn your mouth).
Though cinnamon has a lot of good benefits it also comes a long with bad reviews in particular if the person is sensitive to cinnamon may be at risk of an increased of liver damage consuming any foods that contain it.
This is because cinnamon contains Coumarin-, which has been linked to liver damage. Ceylan cinnamon contains less coumarin than Cassia cinnamon, but as a whole has more benefits than non-benefits.
The health benefits of Cinnamon:
Diabetes – Cinnamon may help improve glucose & lipids levels, especially with diabetes type 2 suffers, according to a study published in Diabetics Care, in its findings it stated that 6 grams of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose as well as cholesterol and that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with diabetes type 2 will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Fungal infection- Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde a chemical found in Cassia cinnamon – can help fight against bacterial and fungal infections.
Alzheimer’s disease – Tel Aviv University researchers discovered that cinnamon might help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, properties found in cinnamon bark, called CEppt contains properties that can inhibit the development of the disease.
Lower the negative effects of high fat meals- According to research diets that were rich in cinnamon can help reduce the body’s negative response to eating high-fat meals.
Multiple Sclerosis – cinnamon according to a neurological scientist at Rush University Medical Centre, Cinnamon could help eliminate the need to take some expensive and unpleasant drugs, but won’t completely cure MS.
Sore throats – drinking drinks such as tea and hot water with cinnamon reducing the swelling of glans and sore throats without having to take medication like antibiotics, as well as refreshing the taste buds.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants– Assisting with the body so as it can function better by protecting the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants; such as polyphenols that are micronutrients that helps assist in the prevention of Cancer.
In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking superfoods like garlic and oregano.
In fact, it is so powerful that cinnamon can be used as a natural food preservative.
Cinnamon may cut the risk of heart attacks- Cinnamon has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease, the world’s most common cause of premature death by improving cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure leading to heart problems/attacks.
Cinnamon may help fight with HIV Virus – A laboratory study looking at HIV infected cells found that cinnamon was the most effective treatment of all 69 medicinal plants studied.
Its powerful antioxidants peak the immune system as well as repairing the white cell, (in the case of a HIV suffer once this has deteriorated that individual has full blown Aids).
In this case it slows down the white cell from completely deteriorating within time before developing into Aids and keeps it stronger for a longer time.
Acne- Cinnamon is used in a lot of mask products to reduce acne breakouts, by lowering the bacteria in the skin that leads to acne.
Cuts and scrapes: Cinnamon may also come in handy for cuts and don’t have an antiseptic wipe, but be careful with the amount you use as it can sting.
Stimulate hair growth: Cinnamon stimulates hair growth, by mixing it with either olive oil, or coconut and honey weekly helps with hair growth.
Bad Breath- Cinnamon refreshing taste also can combat against bad breath by just chewing on a stick can reduce that nasty taste in the mouth.
Complex enhancer- Thanks to its anti- bacterial and anti fungus properties help in enhancing the skins complexion.
Promotes weight loss- by reducing insulin resistance and triples the insulin’s capacity to metabolize blood sugar levels preventing snacking on the wrong foods to contemplate for sugar for a quick energy boost.
Menstrual Aid- consumption of cinnamon in teas also has been proven to help women when experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding by lowering the bleeding.
Increase Longevity- Cinnamon is known to enhance life span, if consumed regularly.
Treats Infertility– Cinnamon contains a nutrient called cinnamaldehyde, also known to increase progesterone level and decrease testosterone levels in women.
Boost Brain Function– Smelling cinnamon regularly apparently helps boost the cognitive ability and memory of the brain to function better, making one more alert.
Treats Rough Feet- Cinnamon can soften rough and dry skin due to its rich anti-oxidant properties helps smoothing rough skin making it softer.