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Natural wonder – cinnamon

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Cinnamon is undoubtedly a wonder spice that comes in primarily two different forms viz. Cassia (high courmarin content) and Ceylon (low coumarin content). The spice contains active components like pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, cinnamaldehyde, niacin and a wide range of minerals like calcium and zinc. All these components pronounce a gamut range of health benefits. Let’s have a look.

Management of blood glucose

It has been proven through research that cinnamon prevents sugar spikes. Cinnamon when blended with carb rich or sugary meals; slows down its release in the main bloodstream, thereby effectively controlling blood sugar levels. Cinnamon is very popular among people with type 2 diabetes.

Fights off a wide range of infections

Cinnamon oil acts against Candida and E.coli infections. It promises better health of the gut and stomach. It can ward off the toughest of all stomach bugs that include E.coli, Salmonella sps, etc. due to presence of high levels of cinnamaldehyde. If you are suffering from such stomach infections, you can have cinnamon after consulting with your doctor.

Cinnamon can alleviate fungal infections also. The oil when applied on toe nail fungus or athletes foot infection reduces the inflammation considerably. 

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Food for the brain

Well documented research studies have linked cinnamon with cognitive development. According to studies, cinnamon boosts memory and alertness. In this regard, cinnamon could be useful in preventing age related memory decline.

Cinnamon protects from cold

Cinnamon apart from being capable of combating adenovirus infections can protect you from cold by keeping your body warm. If you tend to feel chilly during winters, you can have some warm cinnamon milk. You can also sip in hot cinnamon tea to get rid of cold and flu.

It has excellent antioxidant properties

Cinnamon is enriched with antioxidants, which helps the body in many different ways. The antioxidants protect against inflammatory heart diseases (atherosclerosis), prevent oxidative damage of cells, lower bad cholesterol and can slow down progression of cancer (lymphoma or leukaemia, particularly).

Cinnamon oil is excellent for reducing arthritis pain. Arthritis patients can also have cinnamon water after checking with their doctor.

Calcium and fibres are healthy for the colon

Calcium and fibre preserve colon health in certain ways. While calcium helps elimination of bile salts, fibres prevent damage of colon cells. Cinnamon is useful for people with irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea, and other types of colon complications.

Cinnamon is used extensively in aromatherapy

The stimulating yet soothing aroma of cinnamon has been used generously in aromatherapy. The smell of cinnamon can tone down stress and exhaustion and restore function of the brain. The warming action of the oil can relieve muscle pain and hence, is a valuable ingredient for massage therapy.

Let’s know some more...
  • Cinnamon prevents tooth decay and can cure gingivitis.
  • It’s an excellent food preservative. Protects food from bacterial and mold damage
  • You can have warm cinnamon tea to get some relief from menstrual cramps
  • Cinnamon aids in digestion and metabolism. It sorts out common digestion problems like acidity, nausea, etc.
  • Cinnamon oil is a powerful insect (bugs, dust mites, black ants, etc.) repellent


Points to remember

Never start having cinnamon powder, supplements or the oil without consulting a doctor because it might not be suitable for you. Cinnamon is strictly restricted for pregnant women. However, it is absolutely safe when added in moderation for culinary purposes.

Make sure you know which variety of cinnamon is suitable for you to get the desired result

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Written by: healthplus24.com, team
Date last updated: February 15, 2014