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Health Benefits Of Cinnamon

Updated on January 2, 2018
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Cinnamon is rich im antioxidants that protect the body from damage from free radicals reducing the risk of cancer and other diseases. Also reduces inflammation and strengthens the immune system.

Cinnamons health benefits are attributed to the type of antioxidants called polyphenols, phenolic acid and flavonoids.

These compounds work to fight oxidative stress in the body, which can cause degenerative diseases.

Researches have identified many kinds of flavonoid compounds in cinnamon, which are very effective at fighting inflammation throughout the body.

Treatment for Fungus And Viruses

Cinnamon essential oil may be used to treat a number of yeast infections. The most common type of yeast infection is candida strains. Yeast infections commonly occur in the vagina, however the yeast infection can appear anywhere on the body, such as under the knee or around the testicles.

Cinnamon contains anti-fungal properties which gives protection against candida yeast infections.


Chinese folk medicine use cinnamon because of its insulin-boosting property. It has been used to treat Type 2 diabetes as it stabilizes the blood sugar. Less than half a teaspoon per day of cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels.

Diabetes is caused when insulin resistance occurs and a person develops the inability to manage how much glucose enters the bloodstream.

Cinnamon blocks certain enzymes called alanines which allow glucose to be absorbed into the blood. It therefore decreases the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream.

High blood sugar can cause a increased risk of kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.

Protects The Heart

Cinnamon can reduce the risk of heart disease. It reduces the level of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Taking cinnamon daily can increase HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol.)

Cinnamon is anti-inflamatory. The fiber and calcium found in cinnamon helps to remove toxins from the body.

Cinnamon for Bone Health

Cinnamon has high levels of manganese which is used to build bones, blood and other connective tissues. The body needs manganese for optimal bone health.

Add cinnamon to yogurt or smoothies. Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to your coffee, sweet potatoes and oatmeal’s.

Prevents Alzheimer's And Parkinson's

Cinnamon can help treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It protects cognitive function and brain health as it activates neuro-protective proteins that protect brain cells from damage.

Research on HIV

Research in India claimed that a cinnamon derived procyanidin polymer can turn HIV infected people into HIV controllers. (people that carry the virus but do not develop full blown aids.) Cinnamon extracted from cassia varieties is also thought to help fight against HIV by strengthening the immune system.

Cinnamon and Honey Cures

  • Cinnamon and Honey taken on a regular basis clears clogged arteries.
  • Cinnamon and Honey are used to treat nausea, constipation and ulcers.
  • Cinnamon oil mixed with honey is used to treat skin conditions because it has antimicrobial properties
  • Excellent results have been obtained by treating cancer of the bones and stomach by taking one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.
  • Honey and cinnamon powder taken in equal parts twice daily, helps to restore hearing.
  • For bladder infection, take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

Side Effects

There have been warnings against taking too much cassia, due to a blood-thinning component called coumarin, which could cause liver toxicity



This hub is for informational purposes only. Use at your own discretion.

Always consult a Doctor for serious health problems.


Cinnamon and Nutrition Facts - Dr Axe

Health Benefits of Cinnamon - Healthline

Joint research by AIMS, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi and Fortis CDOC Hospital, agree on health benefits of this spice.

© 2016 Anita Hasch


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