Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices where its bark is used for various purposes. This spice is present in every kitchen. But we have hardly taken time to look at its benefits. Not only its benefits lie in cooking but also has various medicinal properties.
- Studies shows that 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon can lower your LDL cholesterol. This is absolutely great.
- It also has a regulatory effect on our blood sugar hence is beneficial for diabetics and you see we can treat diabetes in a more natural way.
- It reduces colds and indigestion by reducing the activity of bacteria. It has anti fungal such as yeast and anti bacterial properties for helicobacter pylori which can cause stomach ulcers.
- It has anti clotting properties hence will help to thin the blood. Hence if prescribed any blood thinners, kindly avoid cinnamon. All those who have bleeding disorders too will need to avoid its intake in excess.
- It is a powerful antioxidant providing a lot of phytochemicals and anthocyanins present in cinnamon is the reason for its antioxidant properties.
- It is an excellent source of manganese, dietary fiber, iron and calcium. The dietary fiber helps prevent colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Studies are being done to show that smelling cinnamon improves memory.
- Gives relief in arthritic pains by reducing the stiffness in muscles and joints. Hence cinnamon tea which is prepared by brewing cinnamon in water for about ten minutes can help to ease pain in rheumatism.
- It can be used as a natural sweetener in deserts.
A few pointers to remember
- Do not eat large amounts of cinnamon. It is toxic in large amounts especially in pregnancy.
- Do not eat any high calorie foods rich in fats and oils just because they have cinnamon in it.
Enjoying it in small amounts will help you reap the benefits. Aim for 1-2 grams daily.