Cinnamon is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, which when dried, rolls into a tubular form known as a quill. Cinnamon is available in either its whole quill form (cinnamon sticks) or as ground powder.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon
- Lowers Cholesterol:
Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon included in a daily
diet can lower cholesterol.
Also Cinnamon may significantly lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, and
triglycerides (fatty acids in the blood) and total cholesterol.
- Reduces blood sugar levels and treating Type 2 Diabetes:
Several studies have shown improved insulin sensitivity and blood glucose
control by taking as little as ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Improving
insulin resistance can help in weight control as well as decreasing the risk
for heart disease.
- Heart Disease:
Cinnamon strengthens the cardiovascular system thereby shielding the body
from heart related disorders. It is believed that the calcium and fiber
present in cinnamon provides protection against heart diseases. Including a little cinnamon in the food helps those suffering from
coronary artery disease and high blood pressure.
- Fights Cancer :
A study released by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in
Maryland showed that cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and
lymphoma cancer cells. Besides, the combination of calcium and fiber found in Cinnamon can help
to remove bile, which prevents damage to colon cells, thus prevents colon
- Tooth decay and mouth freshener:
Cinnamon has traditionally been used to treat toothache and fight bad
breath. Small pieces of cinnamon can be chewed, or gargled with cinnamon
water which serves as a good mouth freshener.
- Cures Respiratory Problems:
Cinnamon is very useful home remedy for common or severe colds. A person
suffering should take one tablespoon of honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and
clear the sinuses. Cinnamon also found to cure flu, influenza, sore throat
- Brain Tonic: Cinnamon boosts the activity of the brain and hence acts
as a good brain tonic. It helps in removing nervous tension and memory loss.
Also, studies have shown that smelling cinnamon may boost cognitive
function, memory, performance of certain tasks and increases one's alertness
- Infections: Due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral,
anti-parasitic and antiseptic properties, it is effective on external as
well as internal infections. Cinnamon has been found to be effective in
fighting vaginal yeast infections, oral yeast infections, stomach ulcers and
- Eases menstruation cycles: Cinnamon has also been found useful for
women's health as it helps in providing relief from menstrual cramping and
other feminine discomforts.
- Birth Control: Cinnamon also helps in natural birth control. Regular
consumption of cinnamon after child birth delays menstruation and thus helps
in avoiding conception.
- Breastfeeding: It is also believed that cinnamon aids in the secretion
of breast milk.
- Reduces Arthritis Pain: Cinnamon spice contains anti-inflammatory
compounds which can be useful in reducing pain and inflammation associated
with arthritis. A study conducted at Copenhagen University, where patients were given
half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey
every morning had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and
could walk without pain within one month
- Digestive Tonic: Cinnamon should be added to most recipes. Apart from
adding flavor to the food, it also aids in digestion. Cinnamon is very
effective for indigestion, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea and
flatulence. It is very helpful in removing gas from the stomach and
intestines. It also removes acidity, diarrhea and morning sickness. It is
often referred to as a digestive tonic.
- Reduces Urinary tract infections: People who eat cinnamon on a regular
basis report a lower incidence of urinary tract infections. Cinnamon is
diuretic in nature and helps in secretion and discharge of urine.
- Anti clotting Actions: A compound found in Cinnamon called as cinnamaldehyde has been well-researched for its effects on blood platelets.
[Platelets are constituents of blood that are meant to clump together under
emergency circumstances (like physical injury) as a way to stop bleeding,
but under normal circumstances, they can make the blood flow inadequate if
they clump together too much]. The cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon helps prevent
unwanted clumping of blood platelets.
- Natural Food Preserver: When added to food, it prevents bacterial growth
and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
- Headaches and migraine: Headache due to the exposure to cold wind is
readily cured by applying a thin paste of powdered cinnamon mixed in water
on the temples & forehead.
- Pimples and Blackheads: Cinnamon helps in removing blood impurities.
Therefore it is often recommended for pimples.
- Also external application of paste of cinnamon powder with a few drops
of fresh lemon juice over pimples & black heads would give beneficial
- Thinning of the blood and improves blood circulation: Cinnamon is a
blood thinning agent which also acts to increase circulation. This blood
circulation helps significantly in removing pain. Good blood circulation
also ensures oxygen supply to the body cells leading to higher metabolic
activity. You significantly reduce the chance of getting a heart attack by
regularly consuming cinnamon.
- Toning of tissues: Considerable anecdotal evidence exists to suggest
that cinnamon may have the ability to tone and constrict tissues in the
- Muscle and joint pain relief: Those who eat cinnamon on a regular basis
often report that their muscle and joint pain, as well as stiffness, is
reduced or even eliminated.
- Immune System: Honey and cinnamon paste is good for boosting the immune
system, removing regular fatigue and increasing the longevity of an
individual. It is also known to have anti-aging properties.
- Itching: Paste of honey and cinnamon is often used to treat insect
- It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
- Healing: Cinnamon helps in stopping bleeding. Therefore it facilitates
the healing process.