Cinnamon

 

cinnamon oil

Essential oil with cinnamon and anise seed

 

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of several trees called Cinnamomum. Its medicinal benefits have been used throughout history, as far back as the Ancient Egyptians. There are two types of cinnamon: first Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum): known as true cinnamon, and Cassia or Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum): which originates from China and is generally less expensive.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Has loads of antioxidants
  • Anti inflammatory properties
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Dramatically reduces insulin resistance, allowing the hormone to do its job and therefore reducing blood sugar levels
  • Therefore cinnamon has and anti-diabetic effect by lowering blood sugar, reducing insulin resistance, and the presence of a compound in cinnamon acts by mimicking insulin
  • May help prevent Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting the build up of protein called Tau in the brain
  • May help prevent Parkinson’s disease by protecting neurons, normalizing neurotransmitter levels, and improve motor functions
  • May help prevent cancer
  • Helps to prevent and treat bacterial and fungal infections due to the presence of Cinnamaldehyde which is a strong antibacterial/antifungal
  • Helps prevent tooth decay (and is also often used for bad breath)
  • May be effective in fighting the HIV virus. This topic requires further study
  • Useful in treating stomach bugs or flu due to the fact that it is a powerful antibacterial and known to be effective in treating E-coli, Campylobacter, and Salmonella
  • Treats IBS and stomach ulcers
  • May be effective in treating Arthritis or Osteoporosis due to the presence of the element, Manganese, which is known to build bones, blood, and other connective tissues
  • Aids in weight loss by increasing blood circulation and therefore boosting the metabolism
  • Is an anti-clotting agent
  • Prevents and aids with the common cold, sore throat, and coughs
  • Helps with PMS due to the presence of Manganese which has been proven to relieve mood swings and cramps
  • Helps reduce mood swings, irritability, depression, and stress
  • May help with ADHD. More studies are required in this field
  • Boosts memory and brain function

 

WARNINGS:

Ceylon cinnamon is more popular and safer to use due to the low levels of Coumarin as opposed to Cassia cinnamon found in most stores. Coumarin in high doses can cause liver damage. Cassia cinnamon is more effective in lowering blood sugar levels though.

Due to its anti-clotting properties, you must be careful not to use with or as well as any other blood thinners.

 

REFERENCES:

https://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon/

http://www.cinnamonvogue.com/cinnamoncommonuses.html

http://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=68&tname=foodspice