More than just a flavour, Cinnamon has many health benefits

By April 1, 2019 Health & Nutrition

We are all familiar with cinnamon being sweet and warming. And adding a tasty flavour to various foods, especially desserts. But ist more than that according to the article below which sheds light on its various health and nutritional benefits. Team RetyrSmart

More than just a flavour, Cinnamon has many health benefits

Lowers Blood Sugar Levels, Helpful as an Anti-Diabetic

This spice has a reputation for helping to lower blood sugar levels.

A number of studies have concluded that cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels in diabetics by 10–29 percent.

There is a compound in cinnamon that mimics insulin which helps glucose acceptance by the cells.

Also, there is a decrease in the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal when Ceylon cinnamon is consumed, as it slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract, according to research.

Helps Decrease ‘Bad’ Cholesterol

In a study with type 2 diabetes patients, cinnamon was found to reduce levels of ‘bad ‘cholesterol and increase ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels at College of Pharmacy.

Full of Antioxidants

We know that antioxidants protect our body from oxidative damage, and cinnamon is full of antioxidants. In a study of 26 spices, cinnamon had the most antioxidants—even more than garlic and oregano.

In another experiment using the extracts of black pepper, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon, again cinnamon was found to have the highest antioxidant levels.

Helps Treat Respiratory Infections

It has been found that cinnamon oil can treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi.

Helpful in Preventing Tooth Decay

“This study shows the potential of cinnamon oil over clove oil in the treatment of dental cavities.” — Amity University, Noida, India

May Be Beneficial for the Brain

Ceylon cinnamon has been found to have two compounds that stop the build up of tau, a protein in the brain that accelerates Alzheimer’s disease. More research is needed.

There is lots of research on animals about cinnamon protecting against cancer and how it may fight the HIV virus. Human studies are needed to confirm this.

Please Note

Cinnamon does have natural coumarin which is also found in peppermint, celery, honey and carrots, which may cause liver damage in some sensitive people. The level of coumarins in Ceylon cinnamon is very small and unlikely to pose health risks. The level of coumarins in cassia cinnamons appears to be higher and could cause a risk to some individuals if consumed in high amounts regularly.