7 Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon

You may already have this delicious and aromatic spice in your pantry.

Jun 2, 2020

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Cinnamon is a household staple that bursts with flavor. People know that it adds so much delectable taste and aroma to baked goods like cinnamon buns. And who wants ordinary tea if you can indulge in a chai latte?  But do you know that cinnamon also has healing properties?

People have used cinnamon for medicinal purposes since 2000 BCE in ancient Egypt according to Medical News Today. In medieval times, it was a natural remedy for sore throats, coughs, and arthritis.

There are actually two varieties of the spice but the most common one sold today is cassia cinnamon. It has the distinction of being the second most used spice in the US and Europe and can be found in most homes. You can purchase ground cinnamon or sticks, as well as cinnamon essential oils, and supplements.

Here are some of the healing benefits that you can reap just by adding some spice to your life:

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Cinnamon is full of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties that can help with conditions like arthritis according to Healthline. While inflammation is your body’s natural way of protecting itself from illness and infection, chronic inflammation can actually weaken your body and may be the root cause of other serious health conditions. Use cinnamon with only spices like turmeric for double the punch.

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Reduces Blood Sugar

The antioxidants found in this aromatic spice can also lower your blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance therefore helping the hormone  process sugar. If you have type 2 diabetes, Healthline recommends that you consume a teaspoon a day of cinnamon.

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Helps to Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Cinnamon has also been linked to a reduced rate of heart disease. A study found that regular users of cinnamon had marked declines of LDL – the bad cholesterol – and triglycerides. The study also showed an increase of HDL, the good cholesterol. What are you waiting for?

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Contains Cancer Prevention Properties

Cinnamaldehyde, the compound in cinnamon, that makes it smell so good could prevent some cancers according to a study from The University of Arizona. That’s because it helps to protect against DNA damage and cell mutations which are associated with cancer. More research is ongoing.

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Helps to Fight Fungus and Bacterial Infections

Cinnamaldehyde may also help the body fight off infections in your respiratory tract caused by fungi according to Healthline, and it can also inhibit the growth of Listeria and Salmonella, two foodborne bacterial illnesses. Cinnamon oil can be used to treat fungal infections.

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Good for Oral Health

The antimicrobial effects of cinnamon may also help prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath according to a study published in the journal Nutrients. It's no wonder, many herbal toothpastes contain cinnamon.

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Could Help Brain Function

Cinnamon has some amazing brain benefits according to brainHQ. In fact, using this common spice may delay or even reverse cognitive impairment and help your memory. That’s because cinnamon is loaded with manganese, a powerful antioxidant, that is needed for brain health. Two teaspoons a day provides half the daily requirement of manganese.  

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BONNIE RIVA RAS, EDITOR & WRITER
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