Everyone knows how delicious cinnamon is! But are you aware of the many benefits of cinnamon?
The strong, seductive smell reminds many of us of our favorite foods & desserts.
However, cinnamon is also a great natural medicine to include in your daily diet.
Sri Lanka is responsible for up 90% of the world’s cinnamon supply. Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of a tree called a Cinnamomum.
China, Vietnam, and Burma are responsible for a significant portion Cinnamomum trees.
Cinnamon has a long history as a medicinal remedy. The use of cinnamon goes back as early as 2700 BC throughout Europe, China, India & Egypt!
Here are some benefits of cinnamon you may not be familiar with!
What does cinnamon help with?
Cinnamon contains three main chemicals: cinnamyl acetate, cinnamaldehyde, and cinnamyl alcohol.
These three components help fight blood clots by reducing inflammation.
They also contribute to stopping the release of arachidonic acid which is a fatty acid responsible for the inflammation in your body.
When taken over a consistent period Cinnamon reduces the overall inflammation in your body.
Research shows Cinnamon has a positive effect on how your brain functions. Cinnamon helps with your ability to focus, your recognition memory, working memory and visual-motor response speed.
Other research shows cinnamon may be beneficial in slowing down mental declines that are caused by age.
Read more about the connection between cinnamon and the brain here – http://blog.brainhq.com/2014/07/28/5-proven-brain-benefits-of-cinnamon/
The compounds in the essential oils of cinnamon are anti-microbial, meaning they help to fight bacteria.
Cinnamon fights against bacteria & fungi that are known to cause yeast infections.
Cinnamon also works as a natural food preservative, used to fight off bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
Makes digestion easier
Iron, calcium, and fiber are a potent combination when it comes to helping your body digesting food.
Cinnamon contains all of these things plus it’s a high source of manganese, a which keeps your digestive system healthy.
These minerals attach to bile salts (material produced by the liver) and makes it easier for them to be expelled from your body.
These bile salts can be harmful to your body over time and can cause damage to colon cells.
Cinnamon is a healthy dietary fiber that can help you recover from stomach and digestion issues. This is also one of the many benefits of ginger root.
How do you get cinnamon in your body?
Cinnamon is a tasty addition to different recipes, but it can get annoying to eat all the time if you’re using it medicinally.
If you want to get the health benefits of cinnamon, look for a cinnamon extract from your local health store.
Cinnamon extract usually comes in a liquid form or capsules. These are easy options to make sure you’re getting cinnamon throughout your day.
Another way to get cinnamon in your body is adding it to your tea, coffee or hot chocolate. All you have to do is add in a scoop the powdered cinnamon into your beverage of choice.
Cinnamon is a great addition to hot drinks, especially when you have a cold or flu.
The antimicrobial properties of cinnamon and the hot water will soothe your throat while you enjoy the benefits of cinnamon.
Cinnamon comes in three forms: sticks, powder or extracts. If you’re using cinnamon mainly for the health benefits, go with an extract.
If you want to flavor baked goods or add cinnamon to hot beverages, buy the powder. Cinnamon sticks are great additions for foods that have to simmer to cook for a while. Rice, stews, roasts or curries are all ideal for cinnamon sticks.
Side effects of cinnamon
Using cinnamon medicinally rarely has complications when used in moderation. Sometimes the heavy use of cinnamon can irritate the skin around your lips and even cause sores.
About half a teaspoon of cinnamon is the accepted limit for a person to take per day. Make sure you aren’t allergic before trying it medicinally!
The most efficient way to get the health benefits of cinnamon is using extracts. Capsules or liquid drops are much easier to take compared to the dry powder.
Cinnamon also lowers blood sugar & makes your blood harder to clot. It can also be harmful to the liver in large doses.
If you’re on blood thinners or blood sugar medications, consult with your doctor before using Cinnamon regularly.
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