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Amazing Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Updated on October 2, 2016
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Lakshmi Menon is a published author . Writes both fiction and non-fiction. Also interested in writing health and travel articles.

Cinnamon - Amazing Health Benefits

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Amazing Medical Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to mankind. It is a sweet aromatic spice and the native of Sri Lanka. Cinnamon is a tropical evergreen tree and the inner barks of the tree is dried and used as spice. The scientific name for Cinnamon is Cinnamomum zeylanicum Fam: Lauracaen . It is cassia-based cinnamon that is often seen on the grocery shops.

The Major Health Benefits of Cinnamon

1. Controls Blood sugar.- "One-eighth of a teaspoon of cinnamon triples insulin efficiency," say, James A. Duke, Ph.D., a botanist retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and author of The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. Dr Duke suggests that people with adult-onset diabetes discuss Cinnamon's benefits with their doctor. Taking ½ to ¾ teaspoon of ground Cinnamon with each meal may help control blood sugar levels.

2. Lowers Cholesterol

3. Prevents heart disease

4. Reduces a toothache - by applying a mixture of honey with cinnamon powder on the affected area three times a day.

5. Treats common cold and flu - by taking the lukewarm water where 1 tb.spoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon. of cinnamon powder is added, 3-4 times a day.

6. Eases menstruation pain

7. Acts as birth control

8. Increases breast milk

9. Reduces arthritic pain -Those using cinnamon on a regular basis has reported that their pain is reduced.

10.Reduces urinary tract infections

11. Treats Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

12. Helpful in respiratory diseases

13. Helpful in Gastro-intestinal tract infections such as stomach upsets and ulcer, if taken with honey.

14. Prevents cancer - Recent studies in Australia and India revealed that cinnamon could be useful in treating cancer of the bone and cancer of stomach.

15. Strengthens immunity - by taking 1/4 tsp. cinnamon powder with honey, daily.

16. Weight loss - by taking one cup of water boiled with honey and cinnamon powder, on empty stomach, early morning and in the evening, on a daily basis for a few days.

17. Skin infections, like eczema and ring words - can be cured by applying equal parts of cinnamon powder and honey.

18. Pimples - can be treated by applying a mixture of honey and cinnamon powder, morning and evening daily for a few days.

Recent researches show that Cinnamon may be helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, (Prof Michael Ovadia of the Dept of Zoology at Tel Aviv University),

May work against HIV (study on Indian medicinal herb)

Multiple sclerosis (Rush University Medical Centre)


Cinnamon in Other Languages

Cinnamon is known in other languages -

Tamil - Karuvappadai

Malayalam - Karuvapatta

Kannada - Lavana patte

Telugu - Dalchina chekka

Hindi - Dal chini

French: cannelleGerman: Ceylonzimt, Kaneel

Italian: cannella

Spanish: canela

Chinese: yook gway

Indian: dal-chini, darchini, dhall cheene

Sinhalese: kurundu

Cinnamon's importance in ancient world

In the ancient world, it was more precious than gold. It is said that Emperor Nero of Rome, in the first century of A.D, burned a year's supply of cinnamon on his wife's funeral pyre. This extravagant expenditure was to show how much he suffered his wife's loss.

Egyptians used Cinnamon to embalm bodies and also to dry and preserve meat.

In India, it is one of the spices used for garam masala.

Properties of Cinnamon

Cinnamon has properties like

a) Alterative,

b) Analgesic,

c) Anodyne,

d) Anti-bacterial,

e) Anti-fungal,

f) Anti-infective,

g) Anti-oxidant,

h) Anti-parasitic,

i) Anti-septic,

j) Astringent,

k) Carminative,

l) Diaphoretic,

m) Emmenagogue,

n) Haemostatic,

o) Hypotensive,

p) Sedative,

q) Stimulates,

r) and then depresses the nervous system, stomachic.

Cardamom powder
Cardamom powder | Source

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Cinnamon in Food

In India, Cinnamon is also in the preparation of garam masala required for some vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. In the preparation of pulav rice, cinnamon is an important ingredient. In almost all kitchens, Cinnamon will be stocked, and hence it is easily available for several home remedies. .

Nutritional Value of Cinnamon

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ten grams of ground cinnamon contains:

  • Energy: 24.7 kcal
  • Fat: 0.12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.06 g
  • Protein: 0.4 g

Caution and Side effects of Cinnamon

  • Higher doses of Cinnamon can cause liver damage.
  • People taking medicines for their illness such as diabetes, should not use therapeutic cinnamon;without consulting their physician. it may affect their sugar level adversely,
  • Pregnant women should avoid taking cinnamon due to cinnamon's emmenagogic effect.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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    • lex123 profile image

      lex123 24 months ago

      Thank you zaton for the comments, and I'm glad to know that the hub was useful to you to learn more about cinnamon.

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      Zaton-Taran 24 months ago from California

      Nice writing. I knew quite a bit about cinnamon and its health benefits before reading this timely hub; now I know even more.

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      lex123 2 years ago

      Glad to know you that you have been using cinnamon since childhood. Thanks for reading the hub. May you have a wonderful day.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      My mom used to give this to us a children as a tea. It was very calming. To this day I drink it as tea and put a little ground cinnamon in my morning coffee. I didn't know it provided a bit of energy. THat is a plus for me!

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      lex123 3 years ago

      Thanks word55. I appreciate it.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Amazing uses for cinnamon, love it and thank you!

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      lex123 3 years ago

      Cinnamon is grown in Zanzibar also. When I went in search of information on Cinnamon I came to know more of it and its uses, and hence I decided to publish this hub. Thanks for appreciating it and voting it up.

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      Prakash Dighe 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

      Very informative. I regularly take cinnamon in oatmeal and I was aware of some of the benefits, though I must admit your list was an eye opener.

      I was not aware it was native to Sri Lanka. I've seen large quantities being grown in Zanzibar, the "spice" island off East African coast.

      Great Hub - voted up!

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      lex123 3 years ago

      Thank you Susan for appreciating the hub and leaving a comment, and also for voting it up.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Yes Cinnamon is indeed very good for health. Thanks for sharing this information. Voted up.

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      lex123 3 years ago

      Thank you Alphadogg16 for commenting on the article. Thanks also for the thumbs up. Many of the kitchen things can be used for making home remedies.

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      Kevin W 3 years ago from Texas

      This was a very informative hub lex123. I was actually unaware if some if the benefits listed. Excellent information. Thumbs up on your hub. Voted up.