Here are 10 benefits to adding cinnamon into your daily diet:
1. Blood Sugar Control
Several studies have found that cinnamon has properties that help those with insulin resistance. It’s popular amongst those with Type 2 diabetes to add cinnamon into their diet to help control their blood sugar variations.
2. Stomach Bug/Flu
Cinnamon acts a powerful anti-bacterial that will destroy all the bacteria in your stomach. Cinnamon in its various forms work most effectively against adenovirus. Adenovirus is an important etiological agent that can cause human respiratory and alimentary infection. While other remedies like ginger work for stomach ailments, cinnamon works much faster. You will begin to feel better within minutes, especially if you feel nauseous. Cinnamon also acts as a warming agent and dramatically reduces any chills, aches, or pains you have, and make your comfort levels feel more at ease.
As a digestive, cinnamon dramatically reduces the uncomfortable feelings associated with IBS especially with bloating. It does this by killing bacteria and healing infections in the GI tract and enabling the gastric juices to work normally. So next time you feel a little puffy or bloated, have a cup of cinnamon tea and you will start to burp and let out air within minutes of drinking the tea. This an indication of the bacteria being killed.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center cinnamon has high level of Manganese which is used to build bones, blood, and other connective tissues. The body needs Manganese for optimal bone health, so people who are deficient in the mineral are more likely to develop osteoporosis. Of course a huge factor causing Osteoporosis may be lack of dairy consumption.
Have a smelly bathroom, floor, kitchen, counter tops, garbage cans, interior of cars, or toilet? All you need is 2-5 drops of cinnamon leaf oil mixed with water on a diffuser and within minutes all odors are neutralized. This natural neutralizer doesn’t mask or create a bad odor but also kills bacteria created by the bad odors.
Professor Michael Ovadia of the Department of Zoology at Tel Aviv University tested how the affects of cinnamon would contribute with memory loss. Professor Ovadia and his researchers grinded cinnamon and extracted the substance into an aqueous buffer solution. They then introduced this solution into the drinking water of mice that had been genetically altered to develop an aggressive form of Alzheimer's disease, and fruit flies that had been mutated with a human gene that also stimulated Alzheimer's disease and shortened their lifespan. After four months, the researchers discovered that development of the disease had slowed remarkably and the animals' activity levels and longevity were comparable to that of their healthy counterparts. In the test-tube model, the substance was also found to break up amyloid fibers, similar to those collected in the brain to kill neurons.
"The discovery is extremely exciting. While there are companies developing synthetic AD inhibiting substances, our extract would not be a drug with side effects, but a safe, natural substance that human beings have been consuming for millennia," says Prof. Ovadia.
Cinnamon apparently has the effect of thinning your blood thereby increasing blood circulation. Increased blood flow generally boosts your metabolism which is why it may be helpful in weight loss. This blood thinning property of cinnamon also helps in acting as an anti-clotting agent especially for those suffering from heart disease.
Cinnamon is one of the top seven anti-oxidants in the world. Studies have shown that cinnamon has sufficient anti-oxidant properties and makes for improved food palatability. Consider anti-oxidants as good for your whole body, repairing damage to virtually all parts of your body from skin to organs.
9. Lower Cholesterol
Now cinnamon isn’t a treatment for lowering your cholesterol, but it is found to affect how your body processes sugar and fat. This however, could theoretically lower your cholesterol. A study conducted in 2003 noted that a daily intake of one-half teaspoon of cassia cinnamon not only lowered blood sugar levels in type II diabetics, but it also significantly lowered LDL and triglyceride levels. HDL, or "good" cholesterol, was not affected by cinnamon in this study.
10. Cold, Sore Throat and Cough
At the first sign of sniffles or an itch in your throat take some cinnamon tea or cinnamon stick tea within 5-10 minutes. It is said to stop an impending illness in its tracks. Again this is related to the anti bacterial properties and warming properties of cinnamon and its propensity to increase blood flow and thereby improve blood oxygen levels to fight illness. Chinese traditional medicine commonly recommends cinnamon for phlegm coughs.
Try a sprinkle or two of cinnamon in your favorite foods such as:
- Cup of Green Tea
- Lentil Soup
- Black Bean Soup
- Sweet Potato
- Whole Wheat Toast
And check out the recipes for the full scoop on adding cinnamon to your foods
20 Healthy Benefits of Cinnamon. Cinnamon Vogue. 2014. http://cinnamonvogue.com/cinnamoncommonuses.html
Cinnamon Extract Inhibits Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease. Medical News Today. George Hunka. 28 June 2011. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/229809.php