Cinnamon, obtained from the bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum, is best known as a spice that flavors both sweet and savory dishes. The name “cinnamon” refers to roughly a dozen species of trees and the commercial spice products some of those trees produce (only a few of those trees are grown commercially for the spice). However, cinnamon is not only for spicing up lattes or pies; extracts from the bark of the cinnamon tree have been used throughout the world since ancient times as medicine for a number of ailments.
Blood Sugar Control
Numerous studies have proved that cinnamon has properties that help those with insulin-regulation problems. This makes cinnamon a great choice for pre-diabetics, diabetics, and hypoglycemics.
Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Microbial
Cinnamon has powerful anti-infectious compounds that have been shown to be effective against bacteria and pathogens such as stomach bugs, IBS, E coli, staph infections, yeast infections, tooth decay and gum disease, and ulcer-causing H. pylori, to name a few. Tea infused with cinnamon bark oil can be a great way to fight internal infections and boost your immune system, or use a bit of cinnamon oil diluted with water as a great natural disinfectant around the house.
Reduces Arthritis and Osteoporosis Pains (and PMS!)
Cinnamon has high levels of manganese, a mineral that helps the body form bones, connective tissues, and blood-clotting factors. The body needs manganese for optimal bone health, which is why cinnamon can be beneficial to those who suffer from arthritis pains or osteoporosis (people who are deficient in manganese are more likely to develop osteoporosis later on). Cinnamon can also help prevent menstrual pains and balance hormone levels, thanks to the manganese and a natural chemical called cinnameldehyde.
Research shows that the use of cinnamon oil may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells in the body. This may be due to the fact that cinnamon regulates blood sugar levels, which may have been causing or sustaining cancer cells. Evidence has shown cinnamon to be starving these cancer cells of the sugar needed to keep them alive.
Delays and Fights the Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease
Studies have shown that cinnamon can delay the five aggressive strains of Alzheimer’s inducing genes; it has also been observed to correct cognitive impairment and prevent the development of the characterizing tangles found in the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients. Cinnamon also reduces inflammation linked with other neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, and meningitis.
These are just a few of the health benefits cinnamon offers; it can also act as an odor neutralizer, weight reducer, natural food preservative, a warming agent in massage therapy, insect repellant, and a mood enhancer. Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that benefit the overall wellness of your entire body. And, it adds a delicious flavor to all sorts of sweet and savory dishes!
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with a licensed healthcare practitioner before use to discuss effects and possible interactions.