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- Lowers cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Caries and mouth freshener
- Treats respiratory problems
- The brain
- Facilitates menstrual cycles
- Birth control
- Reduces pain in arthritis
- Digestive tonic
- Reduces urinary tract infections
- Anti-clotting actions
- Headaches and migraines
- Acne and blackheads
- Dilution of blood and improvement of blood circulation
- Relieve pain in muscles and joints
- Immune system
Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices in the world. The cinnamon tree is native to Sri Lanka where it was discovered thousands of years ago. It is the best spice available in terms of nutrition and health. It contains unique healthy and healing properties derived from the active components of the essential oils found in the bark. Cinnamon has an extremely high antioxidant effect, which means that it has numerous health benefits. In addition to being used in medicine by other cultures since ancient times, health benefits can also come from it being consumed in a diet.
Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon included in the daily diet can lower cholesterol.
Cinnamon can also significantly reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol, triglycerides (fatty acids in the blood), and total cholesterol.
It lowers blood sugar levels and treats type 2 diabetes.
Several studies have shown improved insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control which can be achieved by taking only ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Improving insulin resistance can help control weight and can reduce the risk of getting a heart disease. It is a part of Diatea tea against diabetes.
Cinnamon strengthens the cardiovascular system by protecting the body from heart disorders. In addition, calcium and fiber present in cinnamon can help protect against heart disease.
Including a little cinnamon in your diet can help those suffering from coronary artery disease and high blood pressure.
Caries and mouth freshener
Cinnamon has traditionally been used to treat toothache and fight against bad breath. Small pieces of cinnamon can be chewed, you can also gargle cinnamon water which can serve as a good mouth freshener.
Treats respiratory problems
Cinnamon is a very useful home remedy for frequent or severe colds. The patient should take one tablespoon of honey with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This procedure will cure most chronic coughs and colds and can also help by cleaning the sinuses.
Cinnamon enhances brain activity and acts as a good tonic for the brain. It helps by relieving nervous tension and stops memory loss.
Also, studies have shown that the smell of cinnamon can stimulate cognitive functions, improve memory, help perform certain tasks and can increase one’s alertness and concentration.
Due to its fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antiseptic properties it is effective when it comes to external and internal infections. In addition, Cinnamon effectively fights vaginal fungal infections, oral fungal infections, stomach and ear ulcers.
Facilitates menstrual cycles
Cinnamon is also beneficial for women’s health as it helps relieve menstrual cramps and other women’s ailments.
Regular consumption of cinnamon after the birth of a child delays menstruation and thus helps to avoid conception.
Cinnamon is believed to help in the secretion of breast milk.
Reduces pain in arthritis
The cinnamon spice contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
A study conducted at the University of Copenhagen has shown that the patients who received half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey each morning had significant relief from arthritis pain after one week and could walk without feeing pain within a month.
Cinnamon should be added to most recipes. In addition to adding flavor to food, it also helps with digestion. Cinnamon is very effective in cases of indigestion, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, and bloating. It is very useful in removing gas from the stomach and intestines. It also removes acidity, diarrhea, and morning sickness. It is often called a digestive tonic.
Reduces urinary tract infections
People who eat cinnamon regularly report a lower incidence of urinary tract infections. Cinnamon is a diuretic and helps in the secretion and excretion of urine.
The compound found in cinnamon, called cinnamaldehyde, has been well researched for its effect on platelets in the blood. Platelets are components of blood that need to be collected in emergencies (such as bodily injuries) in order to stop the bleeding. Still, under normal circumstances, they can make blood flow inadequate if they clot too much. Cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon helps prevent the unwanted accumulation of said platelets.
Headaches and migraines
Headache due to exposure to the cold wind is easily treated by applying a thin paste of cinnamon powder mixed in water on the temples and the forehead.
Acne and blackheads
Cinnamon helps remove impurities from the blood. Therefore, it is often recommended for pimples.
Also, external application of cinnamon paste powder with a few drops of fresh lemon juice over pimples and blackheads can be beneficial.
Dilution of blood and improvement of blood circulation
Cinnamon is a blood thinner that also increases circulation. This blood circulation significantly helps by eliminating pain. Good blood circulation also ensures oxygen supply to the body’s cells, which leads to a greater metabolic activity. As a result, you significantly reduce the chances of a heart attack by regular consumption of cinnamon.
Relieve pain in muscles and joints
People who eat cinnamon regularly testify that their pain in muscles, joints and stiffness are reduced, sometimes even completely eliminated. That is why it is often used in making cream for sciatica pain.
Honey and cinnamon paste are good for strengthening the immune system, eliminating common fatigue, and prolonging an individual’s life. It is also known to have anti-aging properties.
Honey and cinnamon paste are often used to treat insect bites.