Food is heaven when it is cooked with tangy spices and herbs. The fact of being craziest and savory ingredient amongst all Popular Herbs and Spices (and also according to researches) Cinnamon stood at No.1 out of 26 of herbs and spices. This spice is the strongest spice which has been used medicinally around the world for thousands of years.

Before we continue to describe more about Cinnamon and its benefits, here, first it is important to highlight Major Nutritional Facts of Cinnamom (per 100g serving):

  1. Energy = 247 Kcal
  2. Carbohydrates = 80.60g
  3. Protein = 23g
  4. Total Fats = 1.2g
  5. Cholesterol = 0mg
  6. Dietary Fiber = 53g
  7. Sugar = 2.17g
  8. Sodium = 10mg

Cinnamon principally encloses vital oils and organic compounds, such as cinnamaldehyde, cinnamate and cinnamic acid. Cinnamon bark contains procyanidins and catechins. And with all of these components, Cinnamon works amazingly well as:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antidiabetic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anticancer.

It is also great for lowering lipid-profile and cardiovascular disease. Cinnamon has also been seen to work against neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases. This article exemplifies the therapeutic approach of cinnamon and its use in everyday life.

What is Cinnamon?

Cinnamon (Scientific Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamon cassia) comes from Cinnamomum verum trees, belongs to the Lauraceae family. Cinnamon is one of the most vital and loved spices which is daily used by millions of people worldwide. Like all other spices and herbs, this spice is also the same in some ways to Ginger and Turmeric, with a peculiar taste. Cinnamon is made from a kind of tree which actually have a very fascinating smell and color. The flavor of this spice comes from the oily part of the tree that grows inside it. And this is the main reason that many aroma and essence industries worldwide uses it for fragrance purpose and incorporates into different varieties of foodstuffs.

The spice consists a strongest smell and flavor which will make your dishes tastier as well will fill your body internally more strong and fit.

Cinnamon is of two kinds

Cinnamon can be found into two main variants as Ceylon and Cassia, and these two different variants have their own major health benefits which we are going to discuss: 12 major health benefits of Cinnamon.

There is always practicality, without that we couldn’t define the statement or assures the spice is full of health benefits.

1) Inflammation

Cinnamon for Inflammation

Inflammation is normal these days and often the body’s natural reaction which leads to pain. Cinnamon holds a natural anti-inflammatory property. A perfect herbal home remedy for pain and swelling that caused to our bodies. Just add a bit of cinnamon while making your cuisines or curries which is easy to use and may help you in healing inflammation. This will lessen the risk of developing heart diseases, lungs problem, certain cancer, and diabetes. You may try a cinnamon tea or coffee as well, but be careful about the quantity factor, as overdose can harm your body as well.

2) Weight Loss

Heavy body or overweight is a headache these days; everybody wants to be fit as fit body leads to activeness. Cinnamon could be the best results for weight loss, although the everlast weight loss and maintenance will always be a healthy diet and daily exercise. But there is a fact of cinnamon that it will help you in weight loss by decreasing blood sugar, as a result, an important factor towards losing weight.

Cinnamon also includes the controlling insulin levels, which support in speeding up the metabolism, and when the level of metabolism is high, then automatically it will store healthy carbohydrates into energy without turning them into fat.

You can take as this as in detox drinks because of its natural suppression qualities.

3) Lowers Bad Cholesterol

The cassia cinnamon is one of the commonly used cinnamon which helps in lower blood cholesterol. According to studies cinnamon effects on triglycerides which indicate 23% to 30% reduction in triglycerides in patients and up to 27% reduction in LDL cholesterol.

Also according to researches, cinnamon may also help in a positive effect on lowering fasting blood glucose, lessens triglycerides, improving serum glucose, improving serum glucose, and improving both good and bad cholesterol. You may go with a mixture of honey and cinnamon to lower your risk of heart disease, due to which it will help reverse several health signs that significantly raise the risk.

4) Beneficial for Bone Health

This spice over the years considered as a healing agent for our teeth. Cinnamon reduces bone breakdown and also protect osteoporotic bone loss. Also cinnamon is in antibacterial properties, though it is useful in keeping the mouth free from harmful bacteria which may lead to gum diseases or damaging your teeth. So, overall this sweet and crispy spice strengthen you’re boned including our teeth. You may try cinnamon oil drops for your toothache problem, which will ease the pain.

5) For Common Cold and Cough

During weather changing we usually get trapped into a common cold, as cold isn’t that easy to handle, so in that case, to stop it on prior basis, which can lead the symptoms from worsening Cinnamon is the way out. Have a strong cinnamon tea, on the initial start of common cold symptoms such as; sore throat, coughing, or sniffing, etc.

7 Other Useful Benefits:

We have elaborated the five health benefits only that you can get from this amazing spice called Cinnamon. Whereas, there are more resources that you can get, as reviewed below:

  1. Cinnamon improves colon health; thereby diminishing the risk of colon cancer.
  2. Cinnamon works as a coagulant (a blood thickening or clotting substance) and prevents extra bleeding.
  3. Cinnamon increases blood circulation and improves metabolism.
  4. Cinnamon contains fiber, iron, calcium, manganese and zinc elements. And as said above in the introduction, Cinnamon works as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, antifungal and anti-diabetic component. In short, all these properties will help fight against harmful bacteria, improve the blood flow & blood oxygen levels, and gives pleasant warming in the body.
  5. Cinnamon kills termites and therefore has been used as anti-termite, mosquito larvicidal, nematicidal, insecticidal and antimycotic.
  6. Cinnamon naturally minimizes blood pressure in an individual by relaxing blood vessels.
  7. From the ancient era, Cinnamon has also been traditionally used as tooth powder to treat toothaches, and other dental problems (or oral microbiota).

Vital Facts of Cinnamon

i) The most common and the real Cinnamon is the Ceylon Cinnamon’ (sweeter spice) variety found in Sri Lanka. This light brown textured brown stick is an expensive one.

ii) You can keep this Spice for endless years. For the same smell and taste, you have to ground cinnamon in a glass container with an airtight lid.

iii) In many countries, Cinnamon is used in chewing gums as mouth refresher due to its ability to eliminate bad breath. And people are using this spice in both sweets and savory dishes.

iv) We suggest you add up this spice in your meals in the correct quantity. Or in case, you are taking any medication prescribed by your doctor than always consult before using cinnamon.

Conclusion

People around the world are using Cinnamon as a spice in daily life without any side effects. Studies and information have shown that numerous properties of cinnamon-like bark powder, essential oils, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, and other isolated components are very much beneficial for humans (as each of these properties plays a vital role in the improvement of individual health). And further research is still going on to explore more about this spice to work as an anticancer agent and for neurological disorders. Overall we can recommend that this spice is not at all a bad idea to add-on in your routines, however, the correct and appropriate amount should be present and with proper guidelines.

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Jaya Chopra

Jaya Chopra

She is a Nutritionist with more than 5 years of professional content writing experience in the field of nutrition. She loves to share the knowledge and ideas through the effective way of blogs and article. She is a post-graduate student, a qualified Yoga & Diabetes Educator and pursuing diploma in food safety & quality management as well.