Scientific name: Cinnamomum Zeylanicum
Family name: Lauraceae
Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine. It is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, which is available in its dried tubular form known as a quill or as ground powder. The two varieties of cinnamon, Chinese and Ceylon, have similar flavor, however the cinnamon from Ceylon is slightly sweeter, more refined and more difficult to find in local markets. Cinnamon has long been a popular spice in baking and cooking. Research has found that it is not only delicious but it’s healthy, too. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Numerous studies show that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemic alike. That’s also great news for anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods. Preliminary results from studies have indicated that cinnamon has anti fungal, antibacterial and ant parasitic properties. Cinnamon benefits has been found to be effective in fighting vaginal yeast infections, oral yeast infections, and stomach ulcers and head lice.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon
It reduces LDL cholesterol levels. LDL is also known as the harmful cholesterol. Reducing it may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.
Patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month. Honey and Cinnamon combined has been found to relieve arthritis pain.
Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body. Cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
Anti clotting and anti bacterial
Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood. When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
Cinnamon can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
Cinnamon benefits have been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief. One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory including Alzheimer’s disease.
Its medical and culinary benefits are known all around the world, and it is known to possess many benefits for a person’s health. However, under certain circumstances, this beneficial spice may cause a few unpleasant side effects as well. The essential oil of cinnamon must never be applied directly to the skin. Small amounts of the diluted oil can be used for refreshment and to fight infection but the oil alone can quickly cause severe burning and irritation to exposed skin. Allergies are rare but sometimes manifest as sores. Some traditional medicine practitioners will give a mother cinnamon in order to induce or normalize contractions. Therefore, pregnant women may want to avoid cinnamon. You must always ensure that the cinnamon you are consuming does not clash with any other medications or herbs that you take. Some herbs or medicines can have an adverse reaction with cinnamon, and leave you with a variety of problems to deal with.