Cinnamon is a spice that is cultivated from the inner bark of several trees that all belong to the same genus Cinnamomum. Native to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Malabar Coast of India, and Burma, Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have revered cinnamon for its incredible characteristics that treat anything from a cold to indigestion and cramps to supporting cognitive function and memory.
Many of the outstanding health benefits of cinnamon come from a substance called cinnamaldehyde which is naturally present in cinnamon. This substance is certainly the source of cinnamon’s anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and in addition to cinnamon’s high concentration of antioxidants and high fiber content, it’s no wonder that it has proven to have such incredibly positive effects on the human body.
There are seven health benefits of cinnamon:
Cinnamon can reduce blood pressure, having a positive effect on blood markers for those with the disease. It can also reduce insulin resistance which has been shown to lower fasting blood sugar levels up to 29%, reducing the instance of Type 2 diabetes. These benefits are the affect of the fact that cinnamon works directly on a muscles cells forcing them to remove sugar from the bloodstream where it is converted into energy. It repairs the receptors in the blood to be once more responsive to insulin and over time will normalize sugar levels due to the increase in insulin sensitivity.
Similar to the benefits that help with Type 2 diabetes, cinnamon improves serum glucose, lowering fasting blood glucose which in turn recedes triglycerides LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol. Cinnamon also raises HDL or the “good” cholesterol which helps remove LDL cholesterol from the body.
Cinnamon has been proven to fight fungal, bacterial and viral elements in foods, preventing spoilage. These traits of cinnamon will also benefit one who would take it for treatment in anything from lung problems to the common cold. This is because of the fact that cinnamon is excellent in the clearing up of mucus as well as encouraging circulation.
Both of these neurological conditions can be helped with a regular dose of cinnamon as cinnamon has been shown to help neurons and improve motor function.
Evidence in animal studies has shown that cinnamon extract slows the growth of cancer cells and induces cancerous cell death.
Adding cinnamon to a regular diet can significantly reduce both systemic and specific inflammation. In addition to cinnamon’s outstanding ability to improve circulation, it aids in relieving pain and headaches as well as arthritis pain.
Cinnamon can act as key element in the management of polycystic ovarian syndrome due to a number of it’s health benefitting characteristics. As discussed above, cinnamon is excellent in addressing insulin resistance, which can become a major factor in women dealing with PCOS as it also contributes to weight gain.
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By: Jessie Stonberg