5 Maximum Health Benefits Of Cinnamon Cinnamon is considered the second most popular spice in the United States and Europe, second only to black pepper. The consumption of cinnamon dates back to 2000 B.C. in Ancient Egypt. It is derived from the inner bark of trees and is most often associated with its use in sweet and savoury foods. In addition to its use as a flavour enhancer, it has been used for thousands of years in medicine. In medieval times it was used to treat common conditions like coughing, arthritis, and sore throats. Recently, cinnamon has experienced a medicinal resurgence. Modern research is beginning to rediscover the medicinal benefits of this spice that have been known for centuries. Here are the top 5 health benefits of cinnamon . 1. Cinnamon contains a lot of antioxidants. The accumulation of oxidative damage in the body is generally associated with the decreased function of tissues and organs that occurs with age. Cinnamon contains molecules called polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that prevent oxidative damage. 2. Cinnamon acts as an anti-inflammatory agent Inflammation is a protective response to harmful stimuli like bacterial infection and tissue damage that typically occurs with a cut or bruise. It is a necessary part of the body’s repair process. This response, however, can become harmful when it lasts for a long time, a condition known as chronic inflammation. Cinnamon has been shown to be particularly effective in reducing inflammation, aiding in the prevention of harmful damage associated with chronic inflammation. 3. Cinnamon may decrease the risk of heart disease The consumption of cinnamon can help improve the blood lipid profile decreasing the risk of heart disease. The blood lipid profile is made up of good lipids (HDL) and bad lipids (LDL, cholesterol, and triglycerides). Cinnamon has been associated with an increase in HDLs and a decrease in cholesterol, LDLs, and triglycerides. 4. Cinnamon may aid in combating diabetes Cinnamon can aid the function of insulin, a hormone responsible for the transport of glucose (sugar) from the blood into cells to be converted to useable energy. A hallmark feature of diabetes is insulin resistance, where cells fail to respond to this hormone leading to high circulating levels of sugar in the blood. Cinnamon can reduce insulin resistance helping insulin perform properly. Cinnamon can also reduce blood sugar levels in other ways. It slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract, thereby slowing the rise of glucose levels in the blood. It can also mimic insulin, aiding in the transport of glucose into cells. 5. Cinnamon may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease Studies have shown that cinnamon can delay the effects of some genes associated with inducing Alzheimer’s disease and prevent the formation of characteristic “tau tangles” found in the brain. Also, cinnamon has also been found to correct some cognitive impairment associated with the disease once it has already arisen. The results of this study should be interpreted with caution though, since the data is based on a mouse model of the disease. About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn It's always free to have a profile - join now and enjoy your 1st 30 days as a Premium member on us, no credit card required!