5 Important health benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is made by cutting the stems of cinnamon trees. The inner bark is then extracted and the woody parts removed.
When it dries, it forms strips that curl into rolls, called cinnamon sticks. These sticks can be ground to form cinnamon powder.
The distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon are due to the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde.
Scientists believe that this compound is responsible for most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on health and metabolism.
Here are some health benefits of cinnamon
1. Anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal :
Cinnamon is thought to have many medicinal and soothing properties, and is used frequently in Chinese herbal medicine.
2. May support gut health
Some spices, including cinnamon, have prebiotic properties. These bacteria may help restore the balance of bacteria in your gut, support digestive health and alleviate any digestive issues.
3. May help manage blood pressure
There is some evidence to suggest that the consumption of cinnamon is associated with a short-term reduction in blood pressure. Although the evidence is hopeful, it is early days and more long-term random controlled trials are needed.
4. Lowers blood sugar and risk of type-2 diabetes :
Cinnamon has a reputation for helping manage blood sugar. It appears to do this by a number of different mechanisms, including managing the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream and mimicking the blood sugar management hormone, insulin.
5. May be beneficial for the aging brain :
Conditions like Alzheimer’s are more common as we age, and are characterised by a progressive deterioration of brain cells. Cinnamon contains two compounds that appear to inhibit the build-up of these proteins.