Cinnamon Health Beneļ¬ts  

Cinnamon, not only adds flavor to food, but also has a number of health benefits. Here's an article on cinnamon health benefits. Read on...
Cinnamon, scientifically known as Cinnamomum sp., is a spice, that is commonly found in most
kitchens. It is added to a variety of recipes to enhance the flavor. Besides adding flavor to food,
cinnamon offers a number of health benefits. The use of cinnamon in medicine has been known since
centuries. In this article, we shall see the various cinnamon health benefits.


Health Benefits of Cinnamon
 

Most of the cinnamon benefits are primarily derived from the three active compounds present in
cinnamon: Cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate and cinnamyl alcohol. These compounds are naturally
present in the essential oils that are found in the bark of the cinnamon tree. The bark of cinnamon tree
has been used for several medicinal as well as non medicinal purposes since long. It is believed to
have strong antioxidant properties along with antibacterial and antifungal properties. You must be
aware of the cinnamon oil health benefits, however, most people prefer to use the bark of cinnamon
directly. This is because cinnamon oil often causes irritations and allergic reactions while cinnamon
bark is considered safe for use. Let us have a look at cinnamon health benefits.
 

Cough and Cold
 

Cinnamon has been used as a home remedy for cough and common cold since ages. Have cinnamon tea twice a day and your cough or cold will disappear in no time. Adding little honey to ground cinnamon is just perfect to treat conditions like chronic cough, cold, sinus and even flue.
 

Diabetes
Cinnamon contains polyphenols, which are natural antioxidants, that help in regulating blood sugar levels. Certain compounds present in cinnamon stimulate the insulin receptors and thus help the body to use up glucose in the right way. Studies have shown that cinnamon can prove beneficial for those who suffer from diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon improves insulin resistance, that helps in weight control. This explains the use of cinnamon for weight loss.
 

Lowering Cholesterol
 

Studies show that cinnamon is capable of reducing the level of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, thus helping to prevent a number of heart diseases. Just add a pinch of cinnamon to your food or use it as a mild sweetener for tea and coffee to enjoy its benefits.
 

Arthritis
 

Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties that may help in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Mix cinnamon and honey to form a paste and massage it on the joints for relief from the pain and discomfort.
 

Immune Strength

 

Cinnamon helps in strengthening the immune system and protects us from a variety of bacterial and viral infections. It has anti fungal properties and may help in curing a lot of fungal infections too.
 

Toothaches
 

Cinnamon is one of the natural pain relievers for toothaches. Applying a paste made of one part cinnamon and four parts honey on an aching tooth will help in relieving the pain to a great extent.
 

Skin
 

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of cinnamon help in keeping the skin free of any infections. It has anti aging properties which protect the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals and makes the skin look healthier and younger. Adding cinnamon to the morning tea keeps your skin soft and fresh all the time!
 

Hair
 

A lot of people suffer from the problem of hair loss. Cinnamon helps control hair loss and thus prevents balding.
 

This was all about cinnamon health benefits. Cinnamon has no known side effects and is considered
safe for use. Hope you found this information on cinnamon benefits useful!
 

Written by: Amruta Deshpande for Buzzle.com