5 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

5 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Written by
Varnika Sharma

Expert opinion by
Dr Akanksha Saxena

February 18, 2022, 08:38
3 minute read

Cinnamon is used in many savory and sweet dishes

Cinnamon has found a permanent place in our kitchen cupboards.

It has been used as traditional Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and several scientific studies have also confirmed its medicinal properties.

It can help with health issues like diabetes, colds, high blood pressure, allergic rhinitis, and many more.

Let’s explore the benefits of this spice in more detail.

Here’s what our expert says

  • Biochemical properties of the essential oil of the bark of Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Sri Lankan cinnamon) have been studied in detail and shown to be effective against many gastric, respiratory and gynecological problems.
  • It has antibiotic properties against many common and drug-resistant bacteria.
  • It is a broad-spectrum antifungal and among viruses it is effective against rotavirus.

Cinnamon can improve digestion

A study on pigs found that cinnamon reduced carbon dioxide in their stomachs by decreasing gastric acid secretion. It cooled stomachs and improved digestion.

Experts believe that cinnamon also has a similar effect on humans and can help with other intestinal issues.

In Ayurveda, cinnamon bark oil is used to treat flatulence and digestive imbalances.

Hinders fungal and bacterial growth

The presence of cinnamaldehyde in this spice can help fight several infections.

In particular, cinnamon oil is often used to treat respiratory tract infections. It can also hinder the growth of listeria and salmonella.

Cinnamon oil is used to treat tooth decay due to its antimicrobial properties. In fact, you can make your own cinnamon-based mouthwash because it kills germs that cause bad breath.

Antibacterial and antifungal properties hinder acne growth and reduce skin inflammation.

It can also tighten your pores, making your skin smooth.

Apply a mixture of cinnamon powder and rose water and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry.

Rich in antioxidants, mix it with honey to use as an exfoliant.

Raises good cholesterol

Studies have shown that cinnamon can reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and increase HDL (good cholesterol) levels.

According to research, the above reversal in cholesterol levels was observed after consuming just 120mg of cinnamon daily.

The presence of Cinnamate in this spice decreases the enzymatic activity that develops bad cholesterol, resulting in a reduction of fatty acids in the blood.

May help protect against cancer

Cinnamon has been extensively researched for its use in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Cinnamon extracts are known to treat cancer, according to test-tube and animal studies.

Experts say it reduces the growth of cancer cells as well as the formation of blood vessels in tumors, eventually leading to the death of cancer cells.

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