Health Benefits of Cinnamon



Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of Cinnamomum Verum trees. It has powerful health benefits and a warm delicious flavor.


Background


Originating in China, cinnamon has been used since 1700 BCE. It was treasured by many cultures including the Romans, Hebrews, and Greeks. By the 19th century, cinnamon was commonly used to support and soothe digestion. In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) it is believed to balance the spleen, kidney, heart, and liver meridians and to stimulate circulation and the movement of 'chi' or energy. In Ayurveda (traditional Indian system of healing) it is believed to support the respiratory, digestive, nervous, circulatory, urinary, and reproductive systems. Traditionally, cassia has been considered a highly valued and multipurpose nourishing herb.


Health Benefits


Cinnamon contains a powerful antioxidant called cinnamaldehyde which has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath, and is known to have positive effects on metabolism. Procyanidin oligomers and proanthocyanidins in cinnamon have been shown to significantly increase insulin sensitivity. Cinnamon is great at lowering blood sugar and treating diabetes. It's also a powerful anti-inflammatory, reduces levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and has been widely studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment.



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