Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices. It is actually a bark from a specific type of tree from Lanka. There are numerous types of cinnamon and found in various forms from different part of Asia. It is one of the best spices from health and nutrition point of view. Due to its high anti-oxidant properties, it has numerous health benefits. Cinnamon is being used as a medicine since ancient times. Some of the health benefits of cinnamon are given below:
Several studies have found that taking of cinnamon in moderation regulates blood sugar; it is therefore a great choice for diabetics for type 2 diabetes to control blood sugar variation. It also helps in stabilizing energy and mood.
It reduces LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol) that help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Make paste of honey and cinnamon powder and apply on bread or chapatti and eat is regularly in the breakfast. It will reduce the cholesterol level and blockage in arteries and will save the people from heart attack.
Osteoporosis and Arthritis:
Cinnamon contains manganese which is used to build bones and other connective tissues and your body needs manganese for optimal bone health. Osteoporosis is mostly caused due to deficiency of mineral manganese “As per study published in the journal, Frontiers of Bioscience; researchers at the University of Costilla-La Mancha (UCLM) have said manganese, which has a role in fixation of calcium in bones, could be the real culprit”. Cinnamon helps to check the disease due to high level of manganese.
A study conducted at Copenhagen University, where patients were given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
Cinnamon may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells as per research at the University of Texas, published in the journal in the Nutrition and Cancer. Research studies has also shown that sugar level may be causing or sustaining cancer cells but cinnamon may have mitigating effect by regulating the blood sugar level and starving the cancer cells of the sugar needed to sustain them.
Drink cinnamon powder and honey boiled in on cup of water empty stomach every morning and also at the bed time. If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even most obese person. Also drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body, even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
Cinnamon has been found to be effective for menstrual pain and other feminine discomforts due to presence of manganese as manganese rich diet may help reduce symptoms of PMS.
Women who cannot conceive may take cinnamon powder in half tea spoon of honey and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixed with saliva and enters the body. It will strengthen the uterus of women and also solve the infertility problem.
Chronic cough and cold:
Chronic cough, cold. Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one table spoon of Luke warm honey with ¼ tea spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear sinuses.
It has natural anti-infectious compound that makes it great natural disinfectant. Cinnamon leaf oil diluted with water can be used to disinfect many things like kitchen counter tops, sinks, door knobs, refrigerator toys etc.
Cinnamon is widely used in food preparation and food preservation in hot Asian countries due to its effective inhibiting bacterial growth quality.
Cinnamon leaf oil is an effective odor neutralizer as it kills the bacteria that creates odor. Mix 3-4 drops of cinnamon leave oil with water on a diffuser within minutes it will neutralize all odors.
Cinnamon should be used to most of the recipes not add the flavor to the food but also to add digestion. I t is very effective in indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting. It is also helpful in removing the gas, acidity and morning sickness.
There are many more benefits of cinnamon powder for health and skin if taken with honey.
Precautions and side effect:
If cinnamon taken in very high quantity then it may be toxic particularly to those who has some lever problem. The person who are taking medicine for treating diabetes and also takes cinnamon supplement then they should adjust their dose as cinnamon lower the blood sugar. In some people it may cause allergic reaction. Cinnamon should not be given to children, breast feeding or pregnant women as treatment. Use of cinnamon on skin may cause irritation of redness to some people with sensitive skin.
Cinnamon has not been approved by FDA to cure any medical problem.