Cinnamon is much more than an oatmeal spice.
Obtained from the inner bark of the genus Cinnamomum, cinnamon should be called a “super spice” with its countless number of benefits! Here’s 15 of them:
1. Controls blood sugar: Studies show that cinnamon helps those with insulin resistance, making it a popular homeopathic treatment for Type 2 Diabetes patients.
2. Prevents cancer: In addition to the above, cinnamon has been reported to help treat tumors, gastric cancers, and Melanomas as it mitigates the effects of excessive sugar (a proven cause of cancer growth).
3. Reduces IBS symptoms: Cinnamon, being anti-bacterial and high in antioxidant, cleanses the gut as it kills bacteria, allowing gastric juices to function normally. As a result, those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) will have better digestion and experience less bloating.
4. Lowers LDL cholesterol & triglycerides: Tying back to cinnamon’s control over sugar’s adverse effects, it indirectly helps lower the “bad” cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
5. Fights E-Coli and Salmonella: Because cinnamon is anti-microbial, it makes for one of the most effective treatments of E-Coli and Salmonella outbreak; studies have proven that cinnamon inactivates the bacteria.
6. Treats tooth decay and gum disease: Cinnamon’s anti-bacterial effects keep the mouth clean and healthy.
7. Treats colds: The warming properties of cinnamon increase blood flow thereby improving blood oxygen levels and boosting the immune system. Cinnamon also helps treat sore throats and coughs.
8. Lessens PMS symptoms: Cinnamon contains high levels of Manganese, a mineral proven to alleviate women’s mood swings and cramping.
9. High dosage of vitamins: One teaspoon contains 16% DV of Manganese, 4% Iron, and 2% Calcium.
10. Helps treat Alzheimer’s Disease: Cinnamon delays the effects of five aggressive Alzheimer’s-inducing genes, as well as corrects cognitive impairment thereby reducing Alzheimer’s symptoms.
11. Anti-Fungus: Self-explanatory. Cinnamon’s anti-fungal properties work perfectly against toenail fungus or athlete’s foot.
12. High in Antioxidants: Cinnamon is considered to be one of the top seven antioxidants of the world. As such, cinnamon reduces the formation of free radicals, thereby repairing damage to skin cells and organs, as well as preventing cancer (as previously stated).
13. Helps with weight loss: Cinnamon’s blood-thinning properties boosts your metabolism which may help aid weight loss.
14. Prevents Osteoporosis: Cinnamon’s high Manganese content helps build strong bones and improve blood circulation thereby preventing bone deterioration.
15. Treats the stomach bug/flu: Cinnamon’s powerful anti-bacterial properties not only help clean out your system, but keep it fighting off future viruses.