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Cinnamon Health Benefits and Nutrition Facts

Updated on June 13, 2011
Cinnamon sticks photo: FotoosVanRobin @flickr
Cinnamon sticks photo: FotoosVanRobin @flickr

Cinnamon Nutrition Facts

Nowadays, cinnamon isn't just known for its unique taste. It has also acquired remarkable recognition for many healing treatments. And as far as cinnamon nutrition information is concerned, this particular spice has over eighty nutrients, and each of them are useful in specific ways for the best performance of the entire body.

A teaspoon of cinnamon has only 6 calories, and virtually no fat, sugar, cholesterol, or sodium. It also provides 1 gram of fiber, 3% of the daily needs for calcium, and is a good natural source for iron.

The substantial concentration of dietary fiber makes cinnamon a recommended preference for individuals with digestive complications. Using cinnamon on a regular basis can minimize indigestion, irregularity and digestive tract ailments.

Because cinnamon is full of fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese, these compounds can reduce and eradicate bile, and consequently inhibit any kind of harm to the digestive tract or possibly colorectal cancer. It may also help alleviate IBS, (irritable bowel syndrome).

Cinnamon Health Benefits for Diabetics

Most cooks will be familiar with the particular culinary applications of cinnamon, yet may not be conscious of the link involving cinnamon and diabetes. Studies show that cinnamon safeguards against diabetes type 2 by reducing blood glucose levels,  as well as triglycerides, low density lipids, and total cholestrerol levels in individuals with diabetes type 2. Reducing the blood sugar levels reduces the amount of insulin a diabetic needs. It also helps reduce cravings. All that is needed is about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon two times a day. The only studies I am aware of used cassia cinnamon,  the most commonly used cinnamon spice.

Although several research results have demonstrated cinnamon as being beneficial in managing type 2 diabetes, presently there isn't sufficient proof to depend completely on cinnamon for the treatment of diabetes. If you've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you must adhere to a healthy diet plan, take your medications, and track your blood sugar levels.

It would be ideal to use cinnamon as a healthy spice for added benefits, however. You could include cinnamon in your morning coffee, tea, oatmeal or breakfast cereals. Using a bit of cinnamon would certainly help to make your meal healthier.

But in terms of managing type 2 diabetes with cinnamon, it is recommended to consult with a nutritional expert or your physician to learn whether cinnamon may be used with your other prescription drugs. In some instances, cinnamon may trigger hypoglycemia, (low blood sugar).

You can't depend on cinnamon by itself to reduce your blood sugar levels and treat diabetic issues. Difficulties may occur if cinnamon is consumed in high dosages. So, be sure to incorporate cinnamon in small amounts for added flavoring to your foods, and to get your own physician's guidance if you would like use cinnamon together with prescription medication for the treatment of diabetes.

More Cinnamon Health Benefits

Have you considered the numerous therapeutic qualities of cinnamon? Cinnamon is useful for the treatment of many ailments such as high blood pressure, skin infections, gas, and exhaustion.

Here are some additional cinnamon health benefits:

The most recent claim for cinnamon health benefits highlights the fact that simply smelling cinnamon behaves as a memory enhancer. Cinnamon is thought to increase memory as well as a person's productivity levels and focus.

Cassia is used for a home remedy to get rid of common colds. Enjoy cinnamon tea two times a day and your coughing or cold will certainly go away quickly. Including a tiny bit of honey to cinnamon is ideal to help remedy illnesses such as persistent coughs, colds, flu, and sinus problems.

Cassia is also effective for nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. This particular type of cinnamon is also shown to improve energy, along with circulation. It is usually made into a tea and drank.

Cinnamon essential oil is utilized for aromatherapy. The calming effect and fragrance can help relax frazzled nerves and help a person unwind naturally.

Cinnamon can be useful for building up the immune system and defends us from many different bacterial and viral infections. Cinnamon is considered to possess both anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities. Cinnamon can eliminate helicobacter pylori bacterias, which are primarily the cause of stomach ulcers. It is commonly used for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant yeast infections. Since it possesses antimicrobial qualities, eating meals prepared using cinnamon is helpful for tackling bacterial infections as well as yeast infections.

Cassia cinnamon naturally has coumarin, an ingredient which thins the blood. This makes it useful as a natural anti-clotting treatment, for individuals with blood ailments. Ask your doctor about taking cinnamon if you are currently on blood thinner medication. Don't use them together without consulting your doctor!

Cinnamon is acknowledged to have natural anti-inflammatory properties. It's useful to treat swelling of internal tissues as a result of eating an unhealthy diet. Cinnamon can be used with healing anti-inflammatory eating plans to reduce cardiac arrest, strokes, and other coronary conditions.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon can help with lessening the aching and swelling related to arthritis. Drink cinnamon tea daily or add it to your favorite drinks. Alternatively, you can blend cinnamon together with honey to create a paste and rub this on your joints to get pain relief from the discomfort.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

It's hard to believe a little old evergreen tree can provide so many health benefits, but cinnamon really seems to be a spice that you should reach for more often- not just for better flavor, but for better health!

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks! I had to drop cinnamon from my diet because I developed a rare sensitivity. But things change - time to try it again!

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      Phyllis Warren 5 years ago from Arizona

      Very informative! I learned about cinnamon awhile back and now add it to my yogurt, tea, whatever I can think of. Thanks for the in depth report.

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      hubuibg 5 years ago

      i like cinna mon

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      lindaadams37 6 years ago

      Whenever it came to nutritional substances, I hardly thought about Cinnamon. But after reading your text here I think it was quite strange on my part.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Cinnamon is a very popular herb in India and is an important ingredient in making my favorite garam masala (hot spice extract). Thanks a lot for sharing such an incredible information on health benefits and nutritional facts of this spice.

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      redwriterbb 7 years ago from Norfolk/Virginia Beach Area

      Thank you. I just learned that cinnamon is good for my hypoglycemia - low blood sugar. So much here in your hub. Thank you!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your comprehensive hub. I knew some of it but never so much. Great research.

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I love cinnamon, but didn't know it had health benefits.

      I would like to link this Hub to our 'Grocery Shopping List' hub - would that be all right with you, please?

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Had no idea about the health benefits - off to make some cinnamon toast!