Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one the better known spices used in cooking and baking. Research has clearly indicated that cinnamon is not only delicious but also healthy. Cinnamon has both nutritional and medicinal value that we will outline in this article.

Blood Sugar Regulation.

Research has shown that cassia cinnamon has the ability to lower the blood sugar levels in people suffering from Type 2 diabetes.

Lower Cholesterol

Studies have indicated that cinnamon significantly lowers the level of cholesterol in your body. One teaspoonful of cinnamon per day is enough to notably lower LDL cholesterol.

Anti clotting

Cinnamon greatly affects the performance of the anti clotting factor in the blood. Reducing the risks of stroke and heart disease.

Arthritis relief

For people suffering from Arthritis , a study has indicated that, a combination of cinnamon powder and honey (1 tea spoon each) taken every morning provides significant relief in persons experiencing pain for a period of up to one month.

Cancer prevention

Researchers have found out that cinnamon reduces proliferation of leukemia as well as lymphoma cancer cells.

Anti bacterial

When cinnamon is added to food as a spice it not only improves the taste of the food but it also inhibits the growth of bacteria and food spoilage. It therefore acts as a natural preservative for food.

Yeast infection treatment

Cinnamon has been found to be effective in treating yeast infections that are medication-resistant.

Rich in nutrients

It provides a source of fiber, iron , manganese, calcium and iron which are essential in your diet.

Can cinnamon be found naturally from foods?

Cinnamon as said before is used as an additive many foods .They are however found in two types either true (Ceylon cinnamon)cinnamon or cassia cinnamon which is dark in color. Ceylon cinnamon can be ground easily though it is considered less effective for conditions such as diabetes.

Are there any side effects of using cinnamon?

Cinnamon has no serious side effects in the body. It may however, if heavily used, cause irritation of the lips and mouth It can also cause an allergic reaction in some people and when applied on the skin it is likely to cause irritation and redness.

Risks

Cassia cinnamon can be toxic if taken in large quantities especially in people experiencing liver problems. Since cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels, people with diabetes should adjust their treatment when using cinnamon supplements.

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