Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh cinnamon? As we all know, it is a popular scent during the fall holidays producing all sorts of warm, fuzzy feelings when added to wreaths and candles. Of course, not just limited to our noses, cinnamon is also a tasty spice when added to coffee, tea, candies, and cookies and has been revered throughout history. At one time it was more valuable that gold. But are you aware of all the health benefits that cinnamon provides to your body?
Chinese and Aryuvedic health practitioners have used cinnamon to treat colds, indigestion, cramps, and to improve energy and vitality. What it does for the body is nothing short of astonishing. Here are a few of the wonders of cinnamon:
- Just half a teaspoon a day can lower bad cholesterol (LDL).
- Has anti-fungal properties and can help guard against Candida over-growth in the body.
- Can lower your blood sugar levels in the body and help to boost insulin levels aiding in the treatment of type-2 diabetes.
- Fightsagainst the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cells.
- Includes a natural antibiotic that can inhibit H. pylori growth in the stomach that has been linked to ulcers.
- Mixing itwith honey has been shown to reduce arthritic pain.
- Just smelling cinnamon can improve memory and cognitive function.
- Has been shown to be effective in relieving headaches and migraines.
- According to research at the Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas, (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21360003) the spice holdspromise for various neurodegenerative diseases, including: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis. Their research shows that cinnamon reduces chronic inflammation linked with these neurological disorders.
- Has anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent unwanted blood clots in people who are prone to this condition.
Adding just a little cinnamon to your diet everyday can have amazing health benefits for you, but don’t eat it dry in a spoon (This is a link to a video on YouTube called “The Cinnamon Challenge”. Besides being amusing, it shows what happens when you try to eat dry cinnamon). If inhaled, the powder can cause severe coughing to the point of dangerous choking. It’s good to mix it in your coffee or sprinkle it on your food. A very good way of eating it is to mix it with raw honey and eat a spoonful, or spread it on your morning toast. Be creative and enjoy this wonderful spice.