Cinnamon – health benefits

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Overview

As you know, cinnamon is available throughout the year, but the aromatic and sweet taste of it is a perfect winter spice. Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and a medicine.

The brown bark of cinnamon tree, is available dry, tubular or powder form. The two varieties of cinnamon, from China and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) have a similar taste, but that of Ceylon is slightly sweeter, more refined and more difficult to find on the market.


Contents

1. Overview
2. Why are people using cinnamon?
3. Cinnamon’s risks
4. Health benefits


Why are people using cinnamon?

The latest research has found that a type of cinnamon, cassia cinnamon may help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. However, opinions are divided.

Unfortunately, research on cinnamon for lowering cholesterol and treating people with HIV infection have been inconclusive.

Laboratory studies have found that cinnamon can reduce inflammation, is a good antioxidant and fights the bacteria, but it is still unclear what the implications are for humans. For now, studies have been mixed and its role in improving health is still unclear.


Cinnamon’s risks

- Side Effects. Usually, cinnamon does not cause side effects. However, if it’s consumed in large quantities, cinnamon can irritate the mouth and lips, causing sores. In some cases can cause allergic reactions. Applied to the skin can cause redness and irritation.

- Risk. High amounts of cassia cinnamon can be toxic, especially for those with liver problems. Because cinnamon can lower blood sugar may be needed for those with diabetes to adjust their treatment if taking cinnamon supplements. People with cancer that affects hormone levels, such as breast cancer should not eat cinnamon. Some types of cinnamon can cause liver problems.

- Interactions. If you take any medicines regularly, talk with your doctor before you start taking cinnamon supplements. This may interact with medications such as antibiotics, drugs for diabetes, blood thinners, heart medications and others.


Health benefits

1. 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily can reduce bad cholesterol.
2. Cinnamon may help treat type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar and increase the amount of insulin production in the body.
3. Cinnamon has antifungal properties and is said Candida can’t live in the same environment with cinnamon.
4. This can reduce cell proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer.
5. Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect.
6. The combination of honey and cinnamon soothes the pain caused by arthritis.
7. When added to foods, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it an excellent natural food preservative.
8. Just smelling cinnamon, you can stimulate cognitive function and memory.
9. Cinnamon fighting Ecoli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
10. Cinnamon is an effective natural remedy to eliminate headaches and to relief migraine.
11. Cinnamon may help stabilize blood sugar levels.

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