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- Cinnamon – A Natural Medicine
The magic stick of cinnamon can have astounding effects on human health. It is believed that in ancient times cinnamon was more expensive than gold. Its name has also been mentioned in the Bible. The well
known herb is actually a bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is dried and then rolled into sticks called quills. The dried cinnamon barks are also grounded to make cinnamon powder. This small tree is mostly grown in Brazil, India, Sri Lanka,
Vietnam, Indonesia, and Egypt. Found in it is an essential oil called cinnamonaldehyde, which gives it a magnificent taste and aroma.
There are 4 varieties of this spice; out of which two are the most popular ones, Ceylon
cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is also known as true cinnamon; it has a sweet taste and is more expensive than Cassia cinnamon. You can find them in specialty stores. Its quills are soft enough to be grounded for coffee.
It is believed that in ancient times cinnamon was more expensive than gold
cinnamon mostly found in North American supermarkets is Cassia cinnamon and is relatively cheap. It is dark in color and its quills are hard. It has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine and in Indian Ayurvedic medicines. Let’s find out why is
it known as a natural medicine?
Cure for diabetes
Research has proved that cinnamon is beneficial for curing Type 2 Diabetes. The evidence was first revealed in the journal, “Diabetes Care” in the year 2003.
study was conducted by US department of Agriculture, on 60 participants from Pakistan with type 2 Diabetes. Each participant was given 1 mg of cinnamon for 40 days. It was evident from the research that the blood sugar level, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol
was significantly reduced. The beneficial after effects of the cinnamon persisted for 20 days even after stopping its use.
However it is highly recommended that patients taking prescribed medicines for cholesterol should not substitute them with cinnamon
Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
Preliminary lab research and animal studies helped to find the antifungal and antibacterial properties of Cinnamon. This amazing spice helps to fight Candid albicans, a fungus
that is known to cause yeast infection. The bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, is also curable with the help of cinnamon, responsible for causing stomach ulcers.
Some doctors claim that memory and performance of certain mental tasks can be improved just by smelling cinnamon
Cinnamon as an anti-inflammatory spice
the growing problem is increased intake of processed, fatty and fried foods that cause inflammation of internal organs and tissues, and further cause heart diseases. In a book called “Natural
Health, Natural Medicine”, Andrew Weil claims
cinnamon to be beneficial for decreasing inflammation of the artery walls that causes atherosclerosis and other heart diseases.
Rich source of Minerals and Dietary fibers
Cinnamon contains essential
minerals such as manganese, iron and calcium. The perfect combination of fiber and calcium has proven to protect the colon cells from getting damaged by removing bile; as a result it prevents colon cancer.
The dietary fibers found in cinnamon have also been found helpful in curing IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and constipation.
Quiet unbelievable, but true! Some doctors claim that memory and performance of certain
mental tasks can be improved just by smelling cinnamon. It is also beneficial in curing Alzheimer’s disease. Migraine and headaches can also be relieved with the use of cinnamon.
Cinnamon has been used in Chinese
medicine for a long time. It is a natural remedy for common cold and coughs. You can treat your sore throat by drinking a cup of cinnamon tea. Take a cup of water and add a cinnamon stick to it, bring it to a boil and remove the stick. Use this tea twice a
day you will feel better within 3 days; otherwise consult a doctor.
For cough take a teaspoon of warm honey with a pinch of cinnamon powder in it. It will cure your cough in a few days.
An easy home remedy
for toothache lies in cinnamon. Make a paste of 5 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and apply it to your aching teeth 2 to 3 times in a day. You can store this paste at room temperature in a container.
How can you use cinnamon?
Cinnamon can be added to a number of foods and cereals in powdered form. A small stick can be added to give flavor to the soups. Even an herbal tea made out of cinnamon can be taken once a day.
Cinnamon is also available in the form of capsules which
helps in its consumption process.
Risks of taking Cinnamon
Just like most of the medicines, cinnamons have side effects too.
Taking too much of cinnamon can cause soar mouth and lips. Some people might
develop allergic reactions to it. Cassia cinnamon can prove to be toxic especially for people having liver problems. Patients having cancer that is affected by change in hormone levels such as breast cancer should avoid taking cinnamon.
has blood thinning properties. Therefore it is important for you to consult your doctor before taking cinnamon supplements with other medicines.