From cola drinks to cinnamon buns to Indian cuisine, cinnamon is present almost everywhere. A spice of great value, cinnamon is actually derived from the inner bark of a species of tree and mostly used in powdered form. Besides the fact that it provides great taste to many items of food and drink, cinnamon also has many health benefits. In fact, in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine cinnamon holds a very important position. However, only the benefits of cinnamon which are scientifically proven are discussed here to maintain authenticity.
First of all, cinnamon contains high amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemical substances that stop other substances from being oxidized, since oxidation produces free radicals and subsequent chain reactions may cause harm to the cells. Hence in this regard cinnamon is very important as it stops the harmful chain reactions associated with oxidation.
Cinnamon also happens to have anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon helps reduce inflammation in the body hence alleviating the pain associated with it in addition to curing the infections causing it.
Cinnamon has been known to regulate the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. It also lowers blood pressure which decreases the risk of heart disease in the body. Hence, cinnamon can protect a person from heart disease.
Cinnamon increases sensitivity to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that actually ‘pushes’ glucose in the cells and hence regulates blood sugar level. However some people have insulin resistance syndrome which makes them insensitive to the effects of insulin. This poses a big health risk to them. Hence by increasing insulin sensitivity, cinnamon can provide great benefit to sufferers of the insulin resistance syndrome.
Also, due to increasing sensitivity to insulin and other factors, cinnamon also lowers blood sugar level. The other factors include interference with digestive enzymes and an insulin mimicking compound naturally found in cinnamon. Hence, cinnamon has a powerful anti-diabetic effect.
As evident by the name, neuro degenerative diseases are diseases which degenerate the cells of brain and hence get worse over time. Cinnamon is known to protect the cells of brain and stop the buildup of harmful protein associated with such diseases. Hence cinnamon may help in preventing neuro degenerative diseases.
Cinnamon also helps in killing cancerous cells and stopping the formation of blood vessels in them. Hence it protects against any further damage and has anti-carcinogenic properties.
Cinnamon is known for having anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. That is why cinnamon may help against many infections and is also used to alleviate bad breath. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties also act as food preservative, which is one of the reasons it is so widely used in Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine.
Cinnamon also helps in problems while digesting, like irritable bowel syndrome. It alleviates the painful and horrible symptoms associated with it, mainly bloating. Cinnamon also helps deal with stomach bugs like Salmonella and E. coli. Hence it is really helpful in digestive disorders.
Cinnamon is known to improve blood circulation in the human body. One of the many benefits this has is weight loss. A better circulation generally increases the basal metabolic rate, which in turn helps reduce weight. Thus cinnamon is an organic and natural remedy to being overweight.
Cinnamon powder is a very good treatment for these patients. Some people also claim that using the cinnamon oil for the body massage can treat people from all the pains and helps to recover their bones and gives them a stronger look.
Cinnamon leaf oil is very essential for those people who are trapped in the toenail fungus. It acts as powerful fungal treatment and gives the athletes’ feet a fresher look.
In short, cinnamon is the king of spices. It is not only delicious, but also very beneficial to health. Its regular use must be maintained to not only prevent, but also cure many ailments.