Benefits of the spice Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a very versatile spice, found in many foods and recipes. What’s more is that there are substantial ways that cinnamon benefits your health.
Here are some of the amazing benefits this superfood has to offer, contributing to your health and well-being, offering powerful medicinal properties.
1. Blood Sugar Control
Numerous studies have identified that cinnamon has properties that can help individuals who are insulin resistant. Insulin is a hormone that is essential for regulating your metabolism and for the transport of blood sugars from your bloodstream.
For this reason, many type 2 diabetics consume cinnamon to help to control fluctuations in their blood sugar levels.
The effective dose of cinnamon in blood sugar regulation is typically 2-4 grams of cinnamon per day.
2. Diabetes Protection
Cinnamon benefits the process of gastric emptying, which is the speed at which digested food leaves your stomach. This in turn blunts the sharp rise of blood sugar after you have eaten and this improves the effectiveness of insulin within the body.
This in turn can help towards reducing risk of diabetes.
3. Weight Loss Help
There is no magic wand for weight/ fat loss. The best way is to be consistent with an exercise programme and a clean eating plan.
Cinnamon will not melt away your body fat, but it can help.
This spice can aid in regulating blood sugar levels which then helps you control your appetite by decreasing the amount of glucose entering into your bloodstream.
In addition, cinnamon does make you feel fuller for longer and it helps with the proper digestion of foods. Fundamentally healthy foods that are digested properly enable the body to have its quota of essential nutrients and this should help with combatting over eating.
4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Relief
Cinnamon benefits your digestive system by reducing the bloated feelings associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Cinnamon’s main role in counteracting IBS is to kill bacteria and to heal infections in the GI tract; thus allowing your digestive system to function more effectively. A top tip is to drink 2 cups of cinnamon tea per day to help alleviate pain associated with IBS.
5. Antioxidant Boost
Cinnamon is packed full of antioxidants which protect the body by combating the oxidative change caused by free radicals. They also have the ability to repair cells damaged by a multitude of factors such as ageing.
A study found that cinnamon had the highest amount of antioxidant properties when compared against 26 other spices and even beat superfoods such as garlic and oregano.
6. May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Cinnamon has been linked to a reduction in heart disease.
Cardiovascular disease is complex and an be caused by many factors. However, by lowering total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and blood triglycerides you can dramatically reduce the risk of this disease. Spices such as cinnamon can help lower triglyceride levels, increase antioxidant levels and have a positive impact on blood markers associated with cardiovascular disease.
This is good news in the fight against heart disease.
7. May Be Protective Against Cancers
Cinnamon has been widely researched for its use against prevention and treatment of certain cancers. Because high sugar levels may contribute to sustaining cancer cells, cinnamon may have a positive impact by controlling the blood sugars in your body. The active agent cinnamaldehyde can act as a potent cancer fighter by starving the cells of sugar that are needed for the cancer to survive.
8. May Have a Positive Impact on Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurodegenerative diseases are primarily attributed to the progressive loss of brain structure and this can lead to a loss in brain function. There is are many neurodegenerative diseases and two common types are Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. There are two compounds found in cinnamon that block the build-up of tau in the brain, which is a catalyst and marker for Alzheimer’s disease. (1)
In terms of Parkinson’s disease, cinnamon may help to protect neurons, stabilize neurotransmitter levels and boost motor function. However more human research is required within this area.
9. Bacterial and Fungal Infection Fighter
The Cinnamaldehyde compound within cinnamon may help to combat all kinds of infections within the body.
For example, cinnamon oil has been shown to successfully treat fungal upper tract respiratory infections. Cinnamon leaf oil is also far more powerful than commercial treatments in treating toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. Just soak your feet in cinnamon leaf oil to treat both conditions.
Cinnamon benefits your immunity and overall health by blocking the development of various bacteria which include listeria and salmonella. In addition, there is evidence to suggest that the antimicrobial effects of cinnamon can help to counteract gum disease and bad breath.
(1) Brain imaging links Alzheimer’s decline to tau protein
Date: May 11, 2016
Source: Washington University in St. Louis