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Did you know? Amazing cinnamon benefits

Updated on June 25, 2013

One of my favorite spices.

You know you love this spice as much as I do. Maybe not, but you've enjoyed it for sure on your toast, tea, coffee, cake, pie, etc

There's just something about it that says "Let's get the taste bud party started baby!"

I've been eating cinnamon all of my life and only recently have I picked up on the actual health benefits. It's been known to cure all sorts of ailments as well as spice up the life of your desserts!

The goal in this hub is to detail out amazing facts about cinnamon as well as the health benefits that you gain from using it.

Let's make those brains bigger!



An interesting fact about Cinnamon.

  • Scholars believe, during ancient times, that cinnamon was worth more than gold. It's also mentioned in the Bible numerous times.

Anti-inflammatory solution.

So you like heavy amounts of fatty and fried foods? Well, I hope you like the heartburn that's associated with all of that. Indulging in heavy amounts of these type of foods leads to things like heart disease and inflammation of your artery walls.

Natural Health doctors are now claiming that cinnamon actually helps to decrease the inflammation that can lead to heart disease. BIG WIN!

Dear God, thank you for cinnamon.
Dear God, thank you for cinnamon.

Constipation. Fun times.

So you're having a problem with that oh-so-necessary BM? Not to worry, Cinna-Man to the rescue! With an awesome display of his mighty spice powers, he'll have you hitting the bathroom again in no time!

Cinnamon contains so much dietary fiber that it's actually been known to clear up IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). That explains why my grandfather puts it on his oatmeal.


Another interesting fact.

  • There are actually 4 different types of cinnamon grown, the type in North America that's most prevalent is called Cassia cinnamon.

Headaches and migraines.

Oh man, talk about one of the worst pains in the world besides giving birth.......I'll give you 5 seconds more on that one.


I have friends of mine that can't even go to work because of a horrible migraine headache from time to time. Thankfully, cinnamon is a great remedy for this. Doctors are claiming a healthy dose a day will help to keep the headaches away.


Memory Improvement.

I hate to say that I'm a scatter-brain, but there are just those times that I will walk from one room to another and forget why I went in there. Can you relate?

This sounds kinda crazy but doctors are claiming that even the smell of cinnamon will improve memory and mental tasking. There's also some that claim that it can help to cure Alzheimer's disease. That's high praise.

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Diabetes.

Are you a diabetic? Do you have a family history relating to diabetes? Never fear, there's great news in the realm of natural health.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, there's evidence released in a 2003 study that proves cinnamon helps to cure your ailment. In the study, patients were given 1 milligram of cinnamon a day for 40 days. Blood sugar levels and LDL cholesterol levels were significantly reduced over this period of time and even after they stopped taking their regular allotment of cinnamon.

* Now I'm not advocating that you should stop taking your prescribed medicines or supplement them with cinnamon, but it's definitely beneficial for your health in the end.

Cinnamon tea.
Cinnamon tea.

Cough and cold cure.

So you have a problem with a nagging cough? Summon Cinna-Man to fight that bad boy for you and release you from Cough's nasty grip!

The Chinese have been using this as a natural cough and cold remedy for years.

How can it be used you ask? Here are a few ways:

  • Sore throat - Drink a cup of cinnamon tea. Add a cinnamon stick to a cup of water and bring to a boil. Take the stick out and drink. Try this twice a day for a few days and see if that clears it up. If not, get a doctor.
  • Cough - Warm up a few spoonfuls of honey and add a tiny bit of cinnamon to it. Should clear up within a few days.

Prevents colon cancer.

Cinnamon is very rich in minerals such as iron and calcium. It's got a great combination of fiber and calcium that helps to protect your colon. How does it do this? It helps to remove the bile that collects in your colon over time. A great way to clean yourself out.

Toothache

Oh man, someone pass me the Orajel, my tooth is killing me! Don't you hate it when this happens?

Thankfully you can do something about it with a simple home remedy.

You can actually make a paste out of 5 spoonfuls of honey to one spoonful of cinnamon and store in some kind of container at room temperature.

Put this on your tooth a few times a day and you should see a decrease in your pain.

Yeast infection.

Cinnamon is actually known to be an antifungal spice. For instance, it helps to fight against the fungus that causes Yeast infection. So while it may not be a cure per se, it does help to prevent against this!

Wow, really?

Cinnamon is actually a type of bark that comes from trees and then dried and rolled into quills.

Prevents stomach ulcers.

Oh man, I know people that have these and they have to watch each and every single thing they eat because of them.

The anti-bacterial properties of this spice will actually help to fight the bacteria Helicobacter pylori which actually causes the ulcers to begin with.

Anyone out there with these, hop on the cinnamon train now!

Dumb things to do with cinnamon! Try not to laugh too hard.

Final thoughts and cautions.

Obviously sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad too.

  • If you're someone who has liver issues, too much cinnamon can actually be toxic to you.
  • Current cancer patients should talk to their doctors before trying a cinnamon regimen.
  • Don't take too much or your mouth and lips will pay for it. Moderation is key!
  • Because cinnamon has properties that can thin your blood over time, check with your doctor before trying to use cinnamon with any medications you may be on.

As always guys, thanks so much for reading and I hope you learned something from it!

KASMAN will return with another hub soon!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, buddy, I get an allergic reaction from cinnamon, and naturally I just love it. I would have it on everything if I could but darn it, I can't. :) Great info and it just made me long for it even more.

      I hope you are doing well. Take care, buddy, and blessings to you and that lovely wife of yours.

      bill

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      Marissa D. Carnahan 3 years ago from Nevada

      Hello Kas, it has been awhile since I have been around to read your hubs! This is a great article! And you are spot on about diabetes .. cinnamon decreases insulin resistance. Lots of benefits of cinnamon!

      :)

      Marissa

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      OMG, my cheeks hurt! I've spent the last 5 minutes laughing my ass off at the broad in the video. Guess she should have read this hub before taking the "cinnamon challenge", whatever that is....

      Ok, I've wiped my tears of laughter and I can see well enough to comment and add my 2 cents.

      Cinnamon and other 'heat' creating spices such as cayenne pepper, ginger, paprika, etc. are also good for boosting your metabolism. I put a stick of cinnamon in my coffee pot, just before brewing. I tried adding ground cinnamon to the coffee grounds, but that makes kind of a powdery mess inside the brew system. I re-use the cinnamon stick about 2-3 times, or until I no longer taste it in the coffee, then I start again with a fresh stick.

      Good info, Kas. BTW, what do you know about childbirth????? Huh????? :-)

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      That video was sooooo funny! I wonder if the cinnamon improved her mental capacity.

      I've read about the benefits of cinnamon, and in fact I take cinnamon and honey every day for arthritis, and it seems to be working. I read that you really do need to be careful when taking therapeutic amounts of cinnamon - as you mentioned most of the cinnamon that we use in this country (cassia) is high in coumarin, which is a blood thinner, and is also what can damage your liver if taken in large quantities. Cinnamon from Ceylon has very small amounts of coumarin, and so is safe.

      Great hub, voted up, useful, interesting and funny!

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Great one Kas! I love baking with cinnamon. That video is soooo funny...the things people will do!

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      Jordan Hake 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri, USA

      I love cinnamon! It's so beneficial! Just make sure that you're actually getting cinnamon and not 'canela molida' or whatever that supermarket stuff is.

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I love Cina-Man! He is the new superhero. Well done. I learned a lot of my favorite spice. Thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub about a great spice! I love to add cinnamon in my recipes, such as cakes, bakes and grills. It goes well with Indian cooking. Cinnamon tea is so aromatic!

      Lovely hub, beautifully presented and it looks so complete. Well done!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Voted Up and Useful! Thanks for this great presentation. I also have the additional benefit of fresh cinnamon leaves and their therapeutic scent. Just lovely!

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      Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      One of my favorite spicies that I use quite often in my cooking. Informative nad useful hub. It's also good to know about some possible negative effects of cinnamon.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hate to hear that Billy. I love cinnamon and I would hate to have any kind of weird aversion to things that I love to eat or drink. I hate that it teased you so much, lol. Next time, I'm sending out a general email to people about what their allergies are before I write about a food or spice!

      I'm doing extremely well my friend, just been even more busy than normal lately with my wife and I preparing to settle into our new dwelling and me taking on more responsibility with my small business among other things. Finding time to chat with folks except for an occasional facebook update here and there is challenging, much less writing a hub. I'm glad that I have a little time today to get back to my friends that comment at least!

      God bless and thanks so much for everything!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hi Marissa, What a pleasant surprise to see you on here.

      It's funny, I was traveling through Ohio on a visit to New York recently. I had never been before and it seemed like a nice place. I haven't seen you on in awhile either so thanks for choosing to jump onboard for my lil hubspot!

      Yep cinnamon is a fav of mine as you know, but I'm blown away at the properties I believe God himself designed into it for our benefit. Good stuff all around! I'm glad to hear my research wasn't in vain about the diabetes either, good verification there!

      I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I will be over shortly to read one of yours as soon as I say hi to all my fellow commenters!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hey Bravewarrior! So good to know I could crack you up a bit!

      I have no idea who that lady is but her video had me rolling! I have a friend of mine who took the cinnamon challenge and taped it but I couldn't find it online so I had to settle for hers which is far more hilarious!

      Yeah, I've learned my lesson in trying to filter things through my coffee pot! I can definitely relate on that one.

      Well, I can't honestly say I've given birth thus far (Thank God!), and since you're asking I guess I can tell you what I mean by that statement. I was saving this story for a different hub but I'll give you the highlights.

      I was in Argentina in 2010 in the middle of the Mendoza desert....well when I say I was in the middle I mean it. I had no city around for hours and it was hard to find clean water. Long story short, I caught a parasite while there. About 7 to 8 days later, I was convulsing in such a way that could only be described as labor like pains! I had them for a straight week where the muscles would contract on and off over and over again. Long story short, I have a mild understanding of how it feels maybe. Maybe not, but it hurt like crazy!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      mperrottet, You have to wonder for sure about that girl! She's got several million views on youtube so she's obviously doing something right, lol!

      I'm glad to hear that cinnamon is helping you honestly, I know that's got to be horrible about the arthritis. I appreciate you dropping in and voting!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yeah I know Sheri, it blows my mind to see how people will stoop, lol! I'm glad to know you're a regular user of it as it is probably one of the most versatile spices out there!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Jordan. I may actually amend this hub sometime to include your info because that might have been a slight oversight on my part to not bring that up! Great information my friend and I already knew it but you're not the only person that's told me this! I appreciate you dropping in!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much Carly! I have a funny demented mind and can come up with whatever I need to suit the situation! Thanks for your comments and I hope Cina-man will be able to save the day for you again sometime!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Oh yeah, ChitrangadaSharan, I've heard and seen some of the effects of cinnamon on certain types of indian foods. And you're absolutely right about cinnamon tea, it's one of my favs! Thanks so much for your kind comments.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      MsDora, I thank you for your votes! I thought you'd probably like this one and I will have to get myself some cinnamon incense sometime. Maybe even use your idea of using cinnamon leaves directly! Thanks for the great idea seriously.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yep Elias, I think it would've been an incomplete hub to not mention side effects. It's unfortunate but that's just the way things work sometimes. Use in moderation! Thanks for dropping in!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Can't wait to read your childbirth hub, Kas!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      You'll be getting two my dear, one about the desert, one about my little baby girl that will be around here in about 4 months. God bless!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and useful. Thanks for this informative and fascinating hub on cinnamon. Lots I didn't know and I love cinnamon. Passing this on.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      You had me at cinnamon! Love the taste and smell. Glad to see other uses than just lovin' the stuff. :) Happy Weekend!

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      Bradrick H. 3 years ago from Texas

      Another great hub you've written here Kasman. I love the taste and smell of cinnamon, so that naturally appealed to me. Glad to read about the health benefits that we can receive from using it. I had no idea that it provided all of those benefits, so I definitely learned something new. Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge on this. This is important enough to be passed on. Voted up, rated useful, interesting, shared, and shared on Facebook. Great job sir!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you so much Gypsy Rose Lee. I'm a huge cinnamon lover....so I had a ton of fun writing this and researching everything that I did. I'm very thankful that a fun spice like this has such great potential for health and wellness! Thank you so much for the votes and sharing!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yeah Heidi, I'm glad to know how many great uses there are for such an inexpensive treat! Thanks for dropping in and you have a wonderful week!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Absolutely man! I love the stuff....I would do the cinnamon challenge if it wasn't so devastating!

      Prospectboy, I haven't been over to your page in a while, I need to pay you a visit! Thanks for dropping in brother!

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      alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I did not know that this spice had these benefits. I've just always liked it for the taste. Thanks for the eye-opening info. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well alocsin, you and I share something in common then. I'm a big time cinnamon fan and I like it on most desserts if I ever eat any. Thanks so much for the votes and the comment!

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Kas, Great article sprinkled with your unique touches and sense of humor.

      I use water, 1 tsp. cinnamon, piece of ginger, 1 clove allspice, 1 T vinegar and 1 T honey in a magic bullet with 4 ice cubes - whiz it together and it tastes so good and refreshing and best thing is whenever I feel a sinus infection coming on - it zaps it gone!

      Thanks for further info on the benefits of cinnamon!

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I appreciate it Mckenzie! I haven't really had the time to do more lately but it's nice to know my articles are still appreciated.

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