Cinnamon is one of the feel-good and highly delicious spices. While I have always been a fan of its flavor and aroma, I’m also thrilled about cinnamon’s health benefits. For example, one teaspoon of cinnamon has as much antioxidants as a half cup of blueberries, and cinnamon’s natural antimicrobial properties have been shown to fight strains of Candida yeast.
It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Modern science has now confirmed what people have instinctively known for ages.
Pretty impressive, but that’s not all. Here are five more potential health benefits of spicing things up!
Cinnamon May Cut the Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is world’s most common cause of premature deaths and its risk can be reduced by cinnamon.
For the patients with type 2 diabetes, 1 gram of cinnamon/day has beneficial effects on blood markers. It reduces levels oftriglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol, while HDL cholesterol remains stable. Recently, a big review study concluded that a cinnamon dose of just 120 milligrams per day can have these effects. Cinnamon also increased HDL (the “good”) cholesterol.
When combined, all these factors may drastically cut the risk of heart disease.
Cinnamon is loaded with Antioxidants
Antioxidants reduce the formation of free radicals and protect the body from oxidative damage. Consider anti-oxidants as good for your whole body, repairing damage to virtually all parts of your body from skin to organs.
With an ORAC value of 267536 μmol TE/100g (USDA 2007) cinnamon is one of the top seven anti-oxidants in the world. Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols, and makes for improved food palatability. In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking “superfoods” like garlic and oregano.
In fact, it is so powerful that cinnamon can be used as a natural food preservative.
Cinnamon May Be Protective Against Cancer
Cancer is a serious disease caused by uncontrolled growth of cells.
Cinnamon has been widely studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment. Cinnamon oil is a promising solution in the treatment of Tumors, Gastric Cancers and Melanomas. Studies show that sugar maybe causing or sustaining cancer cells and cinnamon may have a mitigating effect by controlling blood sugar levels in the body. Also, found good results with leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
Cinnamon in its various forms has two chemical constituents: Cinnamaldehyde and Eugenol (From Cinnamon Oil). These have been used to develop nutraceuticals that have proven fairly effective in fighting Human Colon Cancer Cells (Eugenol) and Human hepatoma cells (Cinnamaldehyde). So the evidence suggests that Cinnamon reduce the growth of cancer cells and the formation of blood vessels in tumors, and appears to be toxic to cancer cells, causing cell death.
Cinnamon Helps Fight Bacterial and Fungal Infections
Cinnamon Leaf Oil is a powerful anti-bacterial and makes a great natural disinfectant.
Cinnamon Bark Oil is also an extremely powerful anti-bacterial, effective against Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella Typhimurium, and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli.
Cinnamon oil had the best anti-microbial activity among three oils against E coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Aspergillusoryzae, Penicilliumdigitatum and effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi.
Dilute either cinnamon oil with water to disinfect kitchen counter tops, sinks, refrigerator, door knobs, toys and many other things. If you have young children and don’t want to use harsh cancer causing chemicals use Cinnamon Oil.
The antimicrobial effects of cinnamon may also help prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath.
Cinnamon doesn’t melt away the fat instead prevent more fat from being added to your body by increasing blood circulation. If you continue to lead an unhealthy life style and eat badly and then cinnamon will have a hard time making any progress whatsoever on your weight loss plan, even if you consume huge amounts of Cinnamon. Huge amount of cinnamon can cause toxicity in body or liver damage. Why cinnamon can be helpful in weight loss:
- keeps you feeling full
- natural digestive
- helps store less fatty acid
- improves gut health
10 ways to use Cinnamon
- Sprinkle cinnamon into coffee, or add it to coffee grounds before brewing.
- Add a dash or two of cinnamon to hot oatmeal, overnight oats, or cold whole grain cereal.
- Fold cinnamon into yogurt, along with cooked, chilled quinoa, fresh cut fruit, and nuts or seeds.
- Freeze cinnamon in ice cubes to add zest and aroma to water or cocktails.
- Season roasted or grilled fruit with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Stir cinnamon into almond butter, or any nut or seed butter, and use as a dip for fresh apple or pear wedges or a filling for celery.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon to lentil or black bean soup, or vegetarian chili.
- Season roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes, spaghetti, and butternut squash with a pinch of cinnamon.
- Sprinkle a little cinnamon onto popped popcorn.
- Stir a little cinnamon into melted dark chocolate and drizzle over whole nuts to make spicy ‘bark’ or use as a dip or coating for fresh fruit.