Every time you sprinkle cinnamon on your coffee, you are doing your body a healthy favor.
The spice, found in virtually every coffee shop and in the ingredient list of many baked goods, has been used for centuries by natural health practitioners for a wide variety of ailments.
With anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties, cinnamon, which occurs naturally in bark form, has been shown to be extremely helpful for everything from type 2 diabetes to sore throats.
The combination of cinnamon and honey is another way for natural health enthusiasts to use the spice. Considering honey’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it would make sense that putting the two together could result in double the benefits, although no scientific study has confirmed it.
As WebMD notes, because cinnamon is not a scientifically backed treatment, there is no specific dosage, however. the site suggests 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per day.
Just make sure that if you plan on using a lot of cinnamon, you get the best. As family physician Dr Fuhrman notes on his website, you want buy Ceylon cinnamon as opposed to Cassia cinnamon, which is the kind most commonly found in grocery stores. Cassia has a high coumarin content, and although it is a natural chemical, it can cause liver damage when taken in high doses.
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The benefits of cinnamon
Eat cinnamon increases the level of sodium benzoate in the brain, according to Dr. Gary Wenk, writing in Psychology Today. This, in turn, can help heal and create neurons, potentially preventing neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
As reported by NaturalHealth365, the International Journal of Food Microbiology found that a few drops of cinnamon oil in carrot broth inhibited the formation of common bacteria. While we’re not saying sprinkle it on foods that have gone bad, it could offer an alternative to the shelf-life-enhancing chemicals in processed foods.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon is used by some to relieve menstrual cramps. Organic whey suggests put a few drops of cinnamon oil on a hot compress (which in itself can help) relieve pain.
According to Livestrong.com, antibacterial properties of cinnamon can help relieve sore throat. EverydayRoots.com, a natural healing site, recommends mixing 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 1/2 cups boiling water and the herbal tea or green tea of your choice to reduce itching. Add the cinnamon to the boiled water, let stand two to three minutes, remove and then add the tea.
Helps manage type 2 diabetes
There are conflicting reports as to whether or not cinnamon is the miracle cure that can help diabetics, but 1/2 teaspoon of the spice has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels significantly – nothing to ignore without further investigation.
It’s not something the dermatologist is necessarily going to tell you, but online skin experts swear by the healing properties of cinnamon. Indian makeup and beauty blog meets a cinnamon and honey mask for rashes, relying on the antioxidants in cinnamon (which brings blood to the skin) and the antimicrobial properties of honey (to get rid of bacteria) to help.
According to Eating Well, cinnamon was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans both to increase appetite and relieve indigestion, possibly thanks to its anti-inflammatory and aromatic properties. Putting a pinch of cinnamon on your food certainly seems like a way to make it tastier, thanks to its aroma.
Relieve bladder and yeast infections
Beloved by natural practitioners, there is slight evidence of a link between cinnamon bark and healing of bladder and yeast infections, thanks to the antifungal properties of the spice. While many extol the virtues, no conclusive scientific evidence has been found yet.
Thanks to the same properties that help cinnamon fight diabetes, the spice also works against fatigue by moderating blood sugar and preventing you from crashing.
It’s not just diabetes that cinnamon might help prevent. In the same study often touted by believers, it was discovered that cinnamon can help with circulation and blood oxidation in obese people. Considering obesity is one of the main risk factors for heart disease, adding cinnamon to the diet might be a step in the right direction.