Cinnamon – A Panacea for Lots of Diseases

Cinnamon is a spice which can be said a panacea for many diseases. It is useful in so many diseases that in ancient days, its price was equal to that of weight of gold. Cinnamon is native to the Caribbean, South America, and Southeast Asia. Since 2000 BC it has been used in Egypt for medicinal purposes. In India also it is used for many remedies.

After black pepper, it is the most popular herb in USA and Europe. It is available in powder form, pieces of bark, or also oil.  There are two different types of cinnamon – Cassia and Ceylon. The two have different nutritional values.

It is suggested by many studies that compounds present in cinnamon are anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic ,and anti-microbial.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Helpful in Fungal Infections: Some types of fungal infections can be treated with cinnamon oil.  This might be due to its anti-microbial properties.

Reduces Blood Sugar Level: Studies have shown that Cassia cinnamon may reduce blood sugar level. Thus it is highly beneficial in type II diabetes. 6 gms of cinnamon consumed for around 40 days can prove very helpful in bringing blood sugar level to normal.


Effective against Alzheimer’s Disease:
Some studies suggest that the use of cinnamon may be extremely helpful to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. There is an extract present in cinnamon called CCept which has properties to prevent symptoms of Alzheimer’s developing.

Protects against HIV: Some studies claim that the use of cinnamon may prevent human beings against HIV. However, this does not mean that one should stop taking precautions against HIV. Till date no vaccine or medicine could be discovered against this deadly disease. Therefore, the advice of the doctor must be taken. However, it is possible that in future in the therapy for HIV cinnamon can prove effective.

Prevents Multiple Sclerosis: It is a neurological disorder and its symptoms are:

1. Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs. It typically occurs on side of the body or legs and trunk. 
2. Sensation of electric-shock. This occurs especially while bending the neck forward.
3. Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait.

However, mixture of cinnamon powder and water can be quite beneficial in preventing multiple sclerosis.

Lowers effects of High Fat Meals: It has been found that diets rich in antioxidants can reduce the body’s  effects of high fat meals. Cinnamon is highly beneficial in all this.

Treats and heals Chronic Wounds: Cinnamon mixed with peppermint can help in speedy recovery of wounds. The capsules of cinnamon and peppermint are generally available in the market.

Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases: Various compounds present in cinnamon reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases. It lowers blood pressure and brings it to optimal level, thus reducing the chances of heart attack.



Prevents Cancer:
The extract of cinnamon has anti-carcinogenic properties. Thus the use of cinnamon may help in reducing the chances of cancer.

Difference Between Cassia and Ceylon Variety of Cinnamon

Ceylon

Cassia

True cinnamon

Fake cinnamon

Have sweet taste

Have slightly  bitter taste

Very hard to find

Easily found

Very expensive

Not much expensive – 90% of cinnamon used in USA is of Cassia variety

 
High Nutritional Value

A teaspoonful of cinnamon is rich in energy, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and Vitamin A.

Cinnamon is not only good for health but it also has high nutritional value. It can be used in bread, oatmeal, cakes and cookies.

However, it is essential to take medical advice in case the problem persists. It should be used as a preventive measure only.

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