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Five Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Updated on March 14, 2013

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice gotten from inner bark of many trees of genus Cinnamomum. This spice has been used in the preparation of food over the years. It has long been used as natural remedies for a variety of health ailments. This spice has many health benefits and some of them are discussed below.

  1. 1. Cinnamon can help in the management of type 2 Diabetes.

It has been reported that cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity & signaling (Anderson, 2008). It has also been reported that cinnamon is very beneficial in the management of blood glucose, glycosylated haemoglobin, blood pressure and lipid of individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This means that consuming cinnamon can be very helpful in the control of type 2 diabetes. Taking a few gram of cinnamon may improve the health status of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  1. 2. Cinnamon has antioxidant properties.

The antioxidant properties of cinnamon have been very useful in preventing some forms of cardiovascular diseases. These antioxidants prevent the oxidation of both fats and proteins, and thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease as well.

  1. 3. Cinnamon has antiviral effect.

Cinnamon has been shown to inhibit the replication of virus causing herpes in vitro. One of the compounds that have been shown to have this effect (antiviral effect) is eugenol—a compound found in the essential oil of cinnamon. Also another compound called cinnzeylanine found in Cinnamomum zeylanicum has been shown to have antiviral effect. Although more researches need to be done, but cinnamon has the potential of being a drug to be used in the treating herpes.

  1. 4. Cinnamon has anticancer properties.

It has been shown that cinnamon is able to reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. More researches need to be done in order to show how this spice can be used as a drug in the management of cancer.

  1. 5. Cinnamon has antimicrobial effect.

It has been shown in the various researches that this spice has anti-bacterial and anti-fungi effects. This means that cinnamon can probably be used in the management of infections caused by bacteria. But more researches need to be done in order to show clearly how this spice can be used in the management of infections caused by microorganisms.

Other functions that have been attributed to cinnamon are given below:

  • Reduces headaches and migraines
  • Reduces body temperature due to fever
  • Alleviates mental stress
  • It freshen your breath when chewed
  • Relieves joint pain due to arthritis
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
  • Improves memory and attention

The nutritional information of cinnamon is given below:

10 grams (about 2.1 teaspoons) of ground cinnamon contains the following nutritional information according to the USDA.

  • Energy: 103.4 kJ (24.7 kcal)
  • Fat: 0.12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.06 g (of which - Fibres: 5.31 g, Sugars: 0.2 g)
  • Protein: 0.4 g

With all these health benefits and many more not mentioned here, why don’t you try using cinnamon has a spice in the preparation of your food?


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