Cinnamon contains high levels of antioxidants, and its oil has strong antibacterial and anti fungal properties. It is rich in magnesium, fiber, iron and calcium and can cure many diseases such as arthritis, blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, diarrhea, improve cognitive function, increase energy, toothache, headaches, bad breath.
Here are 20 reasons why you should use cinnamon in your daily meals and drinks:
1. It lowers cholesterol
Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol. Mix it in yogurt, in your morning porridge flakes or pudding. To see the effects of cinnamon, you can also put one teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily in your coffee or tea.
2. Control of blood sugar
According to studies, cinnamon regulates the blood sugar, and affects its reduction. Therefore, it is excellent for people who suffer from type 2 diabetes and it also encourages the body to naturally wear fat and reduce weight.
3. Fungal infections
It has an amazing effect on persistent fungal infections that have shown a resistance to common medication.
4. Cancer – According
To one US study, cinnamon reduces the proliferation of leukemia and cancer cells.
Cinnamon is effective against blood clotting.
6. Arthritis – According
To a study from the University of Copenhagen, patients who take half a teaspoon of cinnamon combined with a teaspoon of honey every morning before breakfast, experienced a significant reduction in pain caused by arthritis after a week, and they were able to walk without pain after a month.
7. The antibacterial effect
Cinnamon is a natural preservative and when added to food it slows the growth and development of bacteria. Its bactericidal properties make it a natural preservative. Cinnamon has strong anti-microbial properties that, according to a recent research, can be used as a replacement for traditional preservatives. Also, a study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, showed that a few drops of essential oil of cinnamon on carrot soup prevents the growth of pathogenic organisms in food for 60 days. Without the cinnamon, the soup will evolve pathogenic organisms, regardless of whether it is being kept in the fridge.
8. Brain health
A study found that cinnamon’s scent stimulates cognitive function and memory, and helps with stress and memory loss. Its smell can improve brain function and mood.
According to a research from the University of Kansas, cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria that usually hide in unpasteurized juices.
Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, iron, fiber and calcium.
11. Helps with inflammation and infection
It has a proven antioxidant activity, and when compared with six spices that also contain antioxidants (anise, ginger, licorice, mint, nutmeg and vanilla), the most effective ones are cinnamon and mint.
12. Suppresses the spread of leukemia and lymphoma
This is proven by a research conducted by scientists at the US Institute for Agriculture.
13. Relieves indigestion
It supports the function of the digestive system.
14. Helps in weight loss
A combination of honey and cinnamon will help you lose excess weight. Mix a teaspoon of honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon in 200ml. lukewarm water. Divide the portion into two parts and drink the first part in the morning on an empty stomach, half an hour before breakfast, and the other part half an hour before going to sleep. You’ll see the result after two weeks.
15. Relieves rheumatic pains.
16. Relieves menstrual cramps.
17. Preventive effect on the development of dental caries and gum disease
It is often used in chewing gum, because it is a good refresher and removes bad breath, which is also commonly caused by bacteria.
18. Helps with urinary infection.
19. Relives toothache:
Mix cinnamon with honey and put the paste on the sore spot several times during the day.
20. Cough medicine:
Place a cinnamon stick in boiling water and allow it to cook for about two minutes. Remove the stick and use the water to make any tea. Drink it twice a day.
– Some investigations have shown that cinnamon contains coumarin substance, which can cause kidney and liver damage when taken in large quantities.
– Be careful if you use cinnamon in combination with aspirin, because they have the same effect against blood clotting.
– Be careful with the use of large quantities of cinnamon during pregnancy.