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The Benefits of Cinnamon

Updated on October 21, 2018
Cinnamon in many forms.
Cinnamon in many forms. | Source

A few small facts about cinnamon

Cinnamon comes from the bark of a small tree usually from South Asia or The Middle East region. They take this bark from a small tree and either turn it into sticks or grind it into the powder that we buy from our local grocery store. There are a few types of cinnamon but the most popular are Ceylon and Cassia.

It has been popular for hundreds of years both for it's cooking uses and it's health properties. Cinnamon is mentioned in Chinese writings as far back as 2800BC.

Cinnamon is extremely beneficial to us health-wise. It has a high level of anti-oxidant and is a great source of fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium. All of this makes cinnamon one powerful spice.

The many benefits of cinnamon
The many benefits of cinnamon | Source

The benefits of Cinnamon

  1. Cinnamon has anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties, Because of these properties Cinnamon has been found to be effective in fighting stomach ulcers, lice, oral yeast infections and vaginal yeast infections.
  2. Effective in reducing blood sugar levels
  3. Treating type 2 diabetes
  4. Lowering LDL or bad cholesterol, and triglycerides.
  5. When added it food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage making it a natural food preservative.
  6. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective in reducing the chances of having heart attacks, strokes and heart disease.
  7. It is also credited with curing diarrhea and aiding digestion.
  8. Curing the common cold.
  9. Antioxidants that reduce free radical damage and slow the aging process
  10. Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on blood.
  11. It is believed to aid in the secretion of breast milk.
  12. Reducing arthritis pain.
  13. It has been proven to be effective to help fight menstrual pain.
  14. Curing headaches and migraine pain.
  15. Treating toothaches, tooth decay and helps fight bad breath.
  16. It has also been said that by just smelling cinnamon you can improve our memory and cognitive function.
  17. Helps fight allergies
  18. There is research going on at the Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas as to the promise of helping different neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis.



Sounds good to me
Sounds good to me | Source

Home remedies

Cough and Common Cold

Bring a small pot of water to a boil and add 2 cinnamon sticks. Let cinnamon sticks boil for 2 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and use water to make an tea. Drink two or more times per day.

Reducing Cholesterol

Use at least half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder per day. It is great in oatmeal, on toast, in cereal, on a sweet potato or in a cup of tea.

Toothaches

Make a paste of 5 tsp honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well. Put a small amount of the cinnamon paste on the bad tooth two to three times per day.

Headaches

Make the cinnamon water from the remedy for Coughs and the Common Cold. Use it to make tea by adding a tea bag and steeping for 3 minutes. As you drink the cinnamon tea breath in the steam from the tea.

How to use cinnamon sticks
How to use cinnamon sticks | Source

A word of caution...

Cinnamon needs to be used cautiously. Please consult a doctor before trying any home remedies if you are currently on a medication blood pressure or blood thinners. Cinnamon contains an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

So please enjoy cinnamon as a flavorful spice that you can add to your foods and drinks to enhance the flavor. But remember, always use it in moderation.

The Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon oil will prevent bugs from feasting on you.

© 2010 Susan Hazelton

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      iZeko, not only is it good for you but it adds such a wonderful flavor to food. Thanks for the rating.

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      iZeko 

      7 years ago

      I had no idea cinnamon has so many health benefits. I only new it’s good for colds. Voted up and useful.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      justmesuzanne, thanks for the information. I will be sure to read your article.

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      justmesuzanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Cinnamon is great, and you can get even more benefits with cinnamon bark powder extract because you can use more of it without risking the toxicity of cinnamon oil. I use it and love it! Here is an article I wrote about it:

      Advice On The Benefits Of Cinnamon Bark Powder Extract

      http://advice.com/article/2010/01/23/Advice+on+The...

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Patti Ann, how the heck are you? It's nice that something that tastes so good is also good for you.

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      Patti Ann 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Wow - I never realized that it had all these benefits - I sprinkle it on my oatmeal every morning - I'll have to add more.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks anginwu. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the comment.

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      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Informativ,short and sweet--thanks for the useful hub.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Like you Princessa, I like the taste of cinnamon. Imagine my surprize when I found out it was actually good for you. It's always nice to find out that something you like is healthy. Thanks for visiting and thanks for the comment.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      Cinnamon is one of my favourite spices. I have it sprinkled over drinks, desserts and even over plain unsweetened yogurt to add flavour and sweetenes. I didn't know about its health benefits. I have a few more reasons now to continue taking cinnamon.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      magnoliazz 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you, informative, excellent hub!

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