The Wellness in Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a flavorful ingredient used in a variety of food items around the world. Apart from its palatable zesty flavor which is used in both sweet and savoury foods, cinnamon has been used traditionally as a herbal remedy for many health problems. According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), cinnamon possesses antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating properties which can be useful for a variety of ailments. Because of its numerous health benefits, you may want to use this herb more generously in your daily life to bring about the wellness it has to offer.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Diabetes: Cinnamon is an important herb for the people suffering from diabetes type II. It is a well known herb for diabetes because it boosts the activity of the insulin naturally. Even if cinnamon is taken in very low quantity it can boost the activity of the insulin to a great extent and control blood sugar level. A 2003 study carried out in the US Department of Agriculture revealed that Diabetes type II patients in Pakistan, who had taken at least a pinch of cinnamon in their daily diet, had considerably low levels of blood sugar level.

Heart Disease: Cinnamon is a wonderful remedy for safeguarding the heart and associated arteries and prevents them from damage and infection due to presence of anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon lowers the bad cholesterol level and prevents clogging of the arteries. It is a great anti-inflammatory herb that prevents inflammations of the heart tissue and prevents heart attacks.

Colon cancer: Cinnamon is a very good herb in preventing colon cancer and symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome such as constipation and diarrhoea. Cinnamon provides fibre that combines with calcium and sticks to the bile salts and reaches liver for elimination. This prevents chemical damage caused to the colon cells by the bile.

Arthritis: It posses anti-inflammatory properties. In a study conducted at Copenhagen University, the arthritic patients were instructed to take a combination of half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast. These patients not only felt great relief from the pain after seven days but also showed great movement of limbs and joints without difficulty after one month.

Anti-cancer: Research at the University of Texas, published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, has shown that cinnamon can reduce the increase in cancerous cells in the body and it holds promise for cancer prevention when included regularly in the diet. Cinnamon also helps reduce the growth rate of leukaemia and lymphoma cancerous cells.

Neuro-degenerative disease: Cinnamon also helps in reducing the inflammation of the brain meninges, thereby preventing from many neuro-degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and meningitis. According to a study conducted at The University of Texas in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics, cinnamon has powerful and natural ingredients that may curb or delay the onset of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, including: Brain tumors, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and meningitis.

Brain function: Research has shown that aromatic power of this herb can stimulate cognition and mental alertness. It also helps to soothe brain and produce calming effect to reduce anxiety. Cinnamon tea is very effective in eliminating the anxiety before exams in children.

Blood thinning: Cinnamon consists of a substance called coumarin that has blood thinning properties which also helps in improving the circulation of the blood.