Cinnamon health benefits

Cinnamon health benefits are touted throughout both the eastern and western world. Cinnamon is an ancient spice that is used for centuries in baking and cooking as well as for its health benefits. This spice has one of the highest antioxidant levels found in any spice. In fact, one teaspoon of powdered cinnamon has as many antioxidants as one half cup of blueberries. Cinnamon comes from the bark of cinnamon trees that are native to India, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam and Egypt. Ceylon and Cassia are the two most popular cinnamon trees that we get cinnamon from.

The Chinese have been using cinnamon as a medicine for centuries. Some of the cinnamon health benefits are that it relieves nausea, diarrhea, flatulence and painful menstrual cycles. Cinnamon is also used to enhance the circulatory system. It is also a digestive aid. This spice is also useful in controlling blood sugar levels so it is a good spice to use for diabetics. A study reported in the Diabetes Care medical journal followed 60 diabetics who took the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day. After 40 days their fasting blood glucose dropped by up to 29% and their triglycerides dropped by up to 30%. Their test subjects LDL cholesterol levels dropped by as much as 27% for some. Diabetics should not take therapeutic dose of cinnamon unless they discuss it with their medical doctor first. Blood sugar levels may drop too low if therapeutic doses are taken along with insulin. Never try to treat diabetes on your own without being under the care of a medical doctor. Pregnant women should not take large amounts of cinnamon either.

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of cinnamon active against Candida albicans and Helicobacter pylori which is the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. It has even proven effective in treating yeast infections that are resistant to medications. Cinnamon health benefits extend to the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma as well. Patients claim that taking one half teaspoon of cinnamon powder a day combined with honey relieves their arthritis pain after taking it for one week. A medical study also suggests that cinnamon can improve memory and boost cognitive function in the brain. Cinnamon is able to stimulate brain activity and is being studied now for its affect on elderly patients who have Alzheimer’s disease.

Cinnamon health benefits to the heart have been scientifically documented. It is a blood thinning compound and can help improve circulation. Improved circulation carries more oxygen to the heart and other cells in the body and will increase metabolic activity. Taking cinnamon can help reduce the swelling of edema and works as a diuretic. Blood impurities are removed and pimples can be cleared up by taking cinnamon supplements. Germs in the gall bladder can be destroyed by taking cinnamon. Staph infections can be cleared up. Cinnamon helps speed up the healing process on wounds. Adding cinnamon to your food prevents indigestion. A sore throat can be helped by drinking cinnamon tea. Taking cinnamon daily can slash your risk of colon cancer. Excess bile in the digestive tract is removed before it can damage the walls of the colon.

The cost of using cinnamon for health benefits is far less than the cost of prescription drugs for ailments and diseases. Before taking cinnamon you should consult your doctor if you are on prescription medications however. You may want to see an alternative medical doctor if your allopathic medical doctor is adverse to using cinnamon to help treat diseases. It is best to buy your cinnamon in health food stores for use as a dietary supplement.

Last updated on Sep 17th, 2010 and filed under Alternative Medicine. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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