- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Cinnamon, A Cheap Remedy For Your Aliments
Is there anything that cinnamon can’t help? It can be used to fight off diseases, help control disease and then it could be used as an embalming agent. The many uses of cinnamon have been documented since 2000 B.C. in Ancient Egypt and in Chinese botanical medicine around 2,700 B.C.
Modern researchers have found cinnamon extremely beneficial in several areas. It is important to note the FDA has not approved cinnamon to cure any medical condition. The evidence and facts will provide the necessary information for you to conclude your own response.
Cinnamon is a spice that is harvested from the inner bark of trees. The flavor comes from the oil that is prepared by pounding the bark in sea water and distilling.
Alzheimer's and Diabetes
Let’s take a look at just ten (#) aliments praising the benefits of cinnamon. Starting with a study conducted at the University of Tel Aviv. Cinnamon was found to prevent the growth of brain cells that characterized (1) Alzheimer’s. The gathered evidence found that cinnamon can delay the effects of five strains of the disease. A further study reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that two key compounds in cinnamon may help ward off the disease. Another study done at the University of California, Santa Barbara found that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s by starving off the increase of proteins in the brain.
Diabetics Care, reports that just 6 grams of cinnamon per day “reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes,” and that “the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with (2) diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.” Cinnamon has the properties that help people with insulin resistance. A study reported by Dr. Regina Castro at the Mayo Clinic in 2009 found that a 500 mg capsule of cinnamon taken twice a day for 90 days improved hemoglobin A1C levels.
Cinnamon versus Cancer
Evidence suggests that cinnamon starves certain (3) cancer cells of the sugar needed to let them grow. Cinnamon oil has been used in the treatment of tumors, gastric cancers and some melanomas. Studies show that sugar helps the cells grow and even sustains them. The cinnamon may help control the blood sugar levels. The cinnamon oils have been used in developing nutraceuticals that have shown to fight colon cancer cells. Other encouraging reports show good results in treating leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. Life Enhancement magazine dated January 2006 published the findings of Dr. Hyla Cass. The results found that cinnamon stops the cell cycle of certain cancers. The cinnamon extract reduced the rate of proliferation in three types of cancer cells. The higher the concentration of cinnamon, the greater the reduction of cell growth. When using the highest of cinnamon, the cell counts were reduced by 50% more than untreated cells.
Cinnamon is rated as one of the top seven (4) anti-oxidants in the world. Anti-oxidants help reduce the formation of free radicals that have been linked to causing cancers. Cinnamon is used as a flavor enhance in foods. This anti-oxidant helps make food more enjoyable. The addition of anti-oxidants is good for your body to aide in repairing the damage from free radicals. Professor Roshni Graves at the University of California, Santa Barbara states, “Take, for example, sunburn, a form of oxidative damage. If you wore a hat, you could protect your face and head from the oxidation. In a sense, this cinnamon is like a cap.”
Cinnamon a Help In Eveyrday Life
The digestive action of cinnamon helps reduce the discomfort associated with (5) irritable bowel syndrome. Cinnamon kills bacteria and helps the healing of infections in the GI tract. This helps the gastric juices to do their job. A Japanese study said cinnamon could cure ulcers. This has not been authenticated. A cup of cinnamon tea twice a day will greatly reduce IBS pain. This has been proven.
Reduce weight with cinnamon is not such a farfetched idea. Cinnamon can increase your blood circulation which generally boosts your metabolism, which may help in (6) weight loss. Your mood and your powers for fighting depression could help you want to lose weight. Cinnamon helps you remove the bad bacteria in your stomach that increase depression. Cinnamon slows down the process of moving food into the stomach. This helps you feel full longer and causes you to eat less.
Get rid of a (7) sore throat, colds and a cough with cinnamon tea. This action works so fast, you might not remember why you took it. It is the anti-bacterial properties that increase the blood flow. This improves the blood oxygen level that helps fight infections associated with the common cold and its symptoms. Place a cinnamon stick in boiling water for two minutes. Remove the stick and drink. Make this tea twice a day and your colds will be lessened.
The high levels of manganese in cinnamon helps ease symptoms of (8) PMS. Women who had a minimum of 5.6 mg of manganese had fewer mood swings and cramps. The anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties in cinnamon give the relief from cramps. It works fast. It is easy to use, cost very little and has no side effects. As soon as you start symptoms, you should start drinking cinnamon tea or sprinkle cinnamon on foods. . A very small percent of people may be allergic and pregnant women should not take cinnamon.
The pleasing smell from cinnamon is used as an (9) odor neutralizer. The smell does not just mask the odor, but neutralizes it by killing the bacteria that created the smell. Just added 2-5 drops of oil in water and spread on area of smell. You can soak your feet in cinnamon water to relieve athlete’s feet, or nail fungus or just foot odor. Use cinnamon oil and hydro peroxide spray on your cutting board and kitchen counters. This is one of most effective ways of killing E-coli and salmonella. Place a cinnamon stick or two into a pan of boiling water and keep it simmering or on the top of a wood stove to provide a scent for the complete house.
Will it work for you?
We have established that cinnamon is an effective (10) bacteria fighter and it contains no harsh chemicals. It is therefore safe to use in food preparations and safe to use on the areas that you prepare foods. In Sri Lanka just about every dish has a small amount of cinnamon. It is used to preserve foods in areas that have no refrigeration. The oils in cinnamon fight infections like those found in staphylococcus, E.coli and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Now that you are feeling good, you can look good with cinnamon. Take a small amount of liquid lip gloss in your palm and add a small pinch of cinnamon. Mix it well and put it on your lips with your fingertip. You will feel a tingling. This increases the blood flow so your lips look fuller. Because cinnamon is an antimicrobic, it will heal chap lips.
Cinnamon is available in several forms including as a powder, a stick and as an oil. The recommended usage is 1 to 4 grams or ¼ to 1 teaspoon per day. Cinnamon is available as a supplement marketed in 1000mg capsules. Taking 2 capsules per day with meals, still keeps you within the recommended limits.
There are other uses for cinnamon. If your concern isn’t mentioned here, do some research, I’m sure you’ll find cinnamon can help.