Cinnamon is called Oloorun in Yoruba. It is a beneficial spice that has great medicinal effects.
In this post, we’ve also highlighted some of facts about this spice and its nutritional benefits.
Cinnamon is particularly known for its protective antioxidant effect. It has a unique smell, color and flavour which is due to its oil component.
Typically, one tablespoon of ground cinnamon contains the following:
0 grams of fat, sugar, or protein
4 grams of fiber
3% Vitamin K
Here are some of the health benefits of Cinnamon
- Antioxidant property
The antioxidant content of Cinnamon protects the body from damage by free radical. Researchers have shown that cinnamon has over 40 different protective antioxidant compounds.
Cinnamon has been linked with the lowering of heart disease risk, cancer and brain diseases due to its anti-inflammatory property. Cinnamon can also be used to treat allergic reactions and inflammatory pain.
Cinnamon has been linked with the regulation of blood pressure. It also reduces the level of bad cholesterol which can heart disease or stroke. Also, cinnamon has been shown to increase blood circulation and support repair of damaged of tissue in the body. This is linked to its anti-inflammatory activity.
Research has linked cinnamon with the lowering of blood sugar levels; the spice also improves insulin sensitivity which is necessary in keep blood sugar levels down.
Cinnamon also blocks the functioning of alanine which is an enzyme that allows the blood to absorb sugar. This effect is beneficial for diabetic patients.
Due to cinnamon’s protective antioxidant function, it has been shown to prevent the development of neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been linked with improved cognitive function and brain health.
Lowers Cancer Risk
There have been links between cinnamon and lower cancer risk. Cinnamaldehyde a compound found in cancer has been shown to prevent tumor growth and protect DNA from damage.
Also the strong antioxidant ability of cinnamon has proven that it’s a natural anti-cancer agent.
Several studies have shown that cinnamon can be used to cure candida overgrowth also known as yeast infections in the guts.
Cinnamon can also be used to treat skin infections and irritations due to its anti-microbial properties.
Cinnamon oil can be used to treat bad breath, tooth decay and mouth infections. Hence it can serve as a natural anti-bacterial mouthwash. It is also used as a natural flavoring agent in chewing gums
Other uses of cinnamon include as part of the ingredient of beauty products, shampoos, and perfumes. In these formulations, cinnamon is able to fight infections while giving a pleasant smell.
Also, due to its sweet smell, cinnamon can be added to recipes to give it a pleasant taste without affecting your blood sugar.
You can add it to your coffee, tea or oatmeal without being concerned about adding excess sugar or calories to your food. Additionally, cinnamon can serve as a natural food preservative due to antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.