The health benefits of cinnamon that will blow your mind


health benefits of cinnamon

We all have basic knowledge about spices and I am sure all most all homes have spices in those kitchen cabins. But do you know about the health benefits of cinnamon?

Spices are seeds, fruits, roots or tree barks used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food. Herbs, on the other hand, can be leaves, stems or flowers mainly for flavoring or garnish. All most all spices and herbs have antimicrobial properties. So they can help to preserve food for some time.

In this article, we are going to look at cinnamon and its health benefits in particular.

The health benefits of cinnamon in this article include; Anti-inflammatory properties, Antimicrobial properties, HIV management, blood sugar regulation, cancer prevention, Digestion treatment, healing wounds, fungal treatment, and Alzheimer’s disease treatment.

But what is cinnamon?

According to Wikipedia,Opens in a new tab. cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is an aromatic condiment and flavoring of various cuisines.

Cinnamon trade originated from the Mediterranean world as early as 2000 BC.

There are two main types of cinnamon namely; Cinnamomum Verum (true cinnamon) or Ceylon native of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. This comes from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum Verum tree. Ceylon is tan-brown, rare and highly-priced.

The second type is Cassia cinnamon which comes from the Cinnamomum cassia tree. It is a native of southern China. Cassia has a dark brown-red color, low quality and consumed worldwide.

What type of cinnamon is the healthiest?

All cinnamon species has a chemical compound called coumarin. However, cassia has a higher concentration compared to Ceylon.

In one studyOpens in a new tab. using rodents, it was discovered that coumarin can cause kidney, liver, lung damage and cancer when taken in larger amounts.

The daily tolerable intake of coumarin is 0.1mg/kg of body weight. However, cassia contains 1% coumarin compared to 0.004% of Ceylon which is 250 times less than that of cassia.

Therefore Ceylon is healthier compared to cassia because it contains less concentration of coumarin that is said to be toxic in larger amounts.

How much cinnamon should I take a day?

Having looked at the best type of cinnamon and the level of coumarin as one of the ingredients therein, one should take cinnamon that contains coumarin equivalent to the daily tolerable intake, which is 0.1mg/kg of the body weight.

What are the health benefits of cinnamon?

Cinnamon has been used in traditional medicine for many years around the world. This is because of its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

Below are some of the health benefits of cinnamon

1.Anti-inflammatory properties

Inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury or infection. The immune system automatically activates proteins to protect the cell and tissues in case of an injury or infection. However, chronic inflammation may be dangerous to our bodies.

2.Antimicrobial properties

Cinnamon like other spices can kill germs like viruses, bacteria, and fungi in the food. This was used so much in the Middle Ages to preserve food when there were no refrigerators.

3.HIV management

The antimicrobial properties of cinnamon also work when it comes to viruses. For example, cinnamon may help to manage HIV by preventing the virus to enter body cells.

4.Regulate blood sugar levels

Several studies have linked cinnamon to better sugar levels. According to a 2015 review, 60 people with type 2 diabetes who consumed 6 grams of cinnamon per day for 40 days and 4months had lower serum glucose and total cholesterol.

5.Cancer prevention

Cinnamon reduces both the growth of cancer cells and blood vessels in the tumors. This eventually kills cancer cells.

6.Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant systems of cinnamon may help to slow the fat-storing process of the body.

According to a 2014 study, rats that underwent treatment with cinnamon and aerobic training showed better heart function compared to those that did not.

7.Treatment for digestion

Cinnamon supplements can be used to treat digestive issues like indigestion and lack of appetite.

8.Treating and healing wounds

Since cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, it can kill bacterial biofilms if it is incorporated in medicine or capsules.  This promotes healing.

9.Prevention of Alzheimer disease

The compounds epicatechin and cinnamaldehyde inhibit the accumulation of tau proteins in the brain which is the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

10.Treatment of fungal infection

Cinnamon oil can treat fungal infections due to its antimicrobial properties.

According to a laboratory study in 2016, cinnamon oil was effective against a certain candida that affects the bloodstream.

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How much cinnamon should I take for weight loss?

We are all aware that body activity and a healthy diet are the best when it comes to weight loss. Other supplements like cinnamon and honey may help to boost the weight loss process.

Therefore, taking cinnamon that has coumarin equivalent to the daily tolerable intake of coumarin (0.1mg/kg) is just enough to aid the weight loss process.

Does cinnamon improve fertility?

Cinnamon mixed with honey boosts blood circulation, this promotes blood flow to the reproductive organs. This increases your sex drive or sexual appetite.

Furthermore, cinnamon oil rubbed onto genitals is a powerful sexual stimulant. All these contribute to human reproductive life.

A studyOpens in a new tab. from Columbia University Medical Centre found out that cinnamon can jumpstart the irregular menstrual cycle in women with the polycystic ovarian syndrome.

What are the side effects of cinnamon?

Cinnamon is safe to consume in moderate amounts. Overconsumption may cause health problems since higher amounts of cinnamon contain high levels of coumarin.

Here are possible side effects of cinnamon

1. Cinnamon may damage the liver

Studies have discovered that cassia a type of cinnamon contains high amounts of coumarin compared to the daily tolerable intake of 0.1mg/kg.  Larger amounts of coumarin are said to be toxic to the liver.

2.High risk of cancer

Coumarin in Cassia cinnamon is said to increase the risk of cancer. Coumarin can develop cancerous tumors in the lungs liver and kidney according to studies on rodents.

3. Cinnamon can lower blood sugar to dangerous levels

Untreated high blood sugar can turn into diabetes.  Since cinnamon is good at lowering blood sugar, when taken in large amounts may lower the blood sugar to dangerous levels which may lead to other complications.

4.Interaction with medicine

Cinnamon can interact with other medications in case one is taking it when he or she is on medication.

For example, if one is taking medication for diabetes, a high intake of cinnamon may either contribute a positive effect or a negative effect.

5.Allergies and irritation

A high intake of cinnamon may irritate your mouth and the lips. For those who are allergic, cinnamon may cause redness and irritation when applied to the skin.

How do you make homemade cinnamon powder?

Making your own spices from home is the best way to have control over your own cuisines. Homemade spices guarantee the right quality, quantity, and hygiene compared to pre-packed spices from grocery stores.

Below are the basic simple steps on how to make homemade cinnamon powder.

  1. Purchace the right type of cinnamon sticks and in this case choose Ceylon over cassia since Ceylon is healthier and nutrient-dense
  2. Break the sticks into pieces and wash them
  3. Roast the pieces of cinnamon for about 2 minutes
  4. Grind the roasted cinnamon into a fine powder using a mortar or coffee grinder
  5. Store the cinnamon powder in an airtight container

What spices blend with cinnamon?

Fortunately, there are so many spices that can blend with cinnamon to produce nice coloring, taste and wonderful flavors. The following are the spices that make nice blends with cinnamon.

  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Coriander
  • Cardamom
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric

Cinnamon and honey

Honey is a sweet viscous substance made by bees.

Honey is used as food and medicine because of its antioxidant, antimicrobial and soothing effects.

Cinnamon is a spice that comes from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree.

Each ingredient has its multiple health benefits. This makes some people believe that if the two are combined, we would gate a super combo, with even greater and more health benefits.

It is true that the combination has multiple health applications. However, not all claims about cinnamon and milk are research-based.

Cinnamon and milk

Like we have discussed above, cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The combination provides numerous health benefits as well as batter sleep.

Cinnamon and milk boost sex libido. Women use it to make their vaginas tighter and men claim that the combination makes there sex organs warm and this makes the last longer in bed.

Bottom line

Cinnamon has many health benefits due to the possession of anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

Eating moderate amounts is safe but too much consumption has side effects.

Cinnamon exists in two types namely; cassia(low quality) which is originally from China and Ceylon(high quality) from Sri Lanka.

 

Ceylon contains negligible amounts of coumarin while cassia has high amounts. This makes cassia dangerous at high amounts.

 


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