The ancient Egyptians knew the worth of cinnamon long before research has been conducted to know its health benefits. Health practitioners back in the day would use cinnamon to treat different kinds of illnesses. Now we know the true benefits of this popular spice. It’s much more than a kitchen ingredient.
It lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
A study done in Pakistan found out that cinnamon can lower LDL cholesterol by up to 27% and triglyceride by up to 30%. This means that eating cinnamon can improve your lipid and cholesterol profile.
It helps control blood sugar.
Diabetes has become a global health concern. Bad diet is one of the most common causes of diabetes. Diet can fix it though, and one way is by eating cinnamon. Moderate consumption of cinnamon has been found to reduce blood sugar and prevent diabetes.
It has antimicrobial properties.
Cinnamon is a natural remedy for stomach flu, which is caused by different species of bacteria. It can fend off E. Coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter. There are also studies showing effectiveness of cinnamon oil against certain type of viruses. This is why drinking cinnamon tea is an effective way to treat gastroenteritis.
The antimicrobial properties of cinnamon is not limited to fending off bacteria. Cinnamon is also known to fight candida, a common cause of vaginal infection.
It treats IBS.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common gastrointestinal problem. It is associated with bloating and recurrent or alternating episodes of diarrhea and constipation. Cinnamon works to treat IBS in a few ways. One is by eliminating unwanted bacteria from the digestive tract. Another is by treating GI tract infections and irritation. Cinnamon also promotes natural function of the gastric juices, thus alleviating stomach cramps and discomfort.
It strengthens bones.
Two sticks of cinnamon contain more than 70% the daily recommended intake of manganese, a mineral that is important for building bones. Manganese deficiency has been linked to osteoporosis. It makes sense to include a good supply of this micronutrient to avoid bone density loss.
It prevents cancer.
Cinnamon oil contains cinnamaldehyde and eugenol, two compounds that has been found to stop cancer cells. One explanation for this is that these compounds stop sugar from feeding the fast growing cancer. Different studies have found out that cinnamon may be effective in preventing leukemia, lymphoma, colon cancer, melanoma, and stomach cancer.
It has antioxidants.
Whenever you hear your food has antioxidants, it’s always good news. One of the most important things that antioxidants do is they fight free radicals, substances that accumulate in your body as waste products. Free radicals cause cellular damage. Antioxidants keep free radicals at bay and prevent the cellular damage they cause. A significant effect of this is it prevents premature aging.