Cinnamon is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, which when dried, rolls into a tubular form known as a quill. Cinnamon is available in either its whole quill form (cinnamon sticks) or as ground powder.
Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon included in a daily
diet can lower cholesterol.
Also Cinnamon may significantly lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, and
triglycerides (fatty acids in the blood) and total cholesterol.
Reduces blood sugar levels and treating Type 2 Diabetes:
Several studies have shown improved insulin sensitivity and blood glucose
control by taking as little as ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Improving
insulin resistance can help in weight control as well as decreasing the risk
for heart disease.
Cinnamon strengthens the cardiovascular system thereby shielding the body
from heart related disorders. It is believed that the calcium and fiber
present in cinnamon provides protection against heart diseases. Including a little cinnamon in the food helps those suffering from
coronary artery disease and high blood pressure.
Fights Cancer :
A study released by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in
Maryland showed that cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and
lymphoma cancer cells. Besides, the combination of calcium and fiber found in Cinnamon can help
to remove bile, which prevents damage to colon cells, thus prevents colon
Tooth decay and mouth freshener:
Cinnamon has traditionally been used to treat toothache and fight bad
breath. Small pieces of cinnamon can be chewed, or gargled with cinnamon
water which serves as a good mouth freshener.
Cures Respiratory Problems:
Cinnamon is very useful home remedy for common or severe colds. A person
suffering should take one tablespoon of honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and
clear the sinuses. Cinnamon also found to cure flu, influenza, sore throat
Brain Tonic: Cinnamon boosts the activity of the brain and hence acts
as a good brain tonic. It helps in removing nervous tension and memory loss.
Also, studies have shown that smelling cinnamon may boost cognitive
function, memory, performance of certain tasks and increases one's alertness
Infections: Due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral,
anti-parasitic and antiseptic properties, it is effective on external as
well as internal infections. Cinnamon has been found to be effective in
fighting vaginal yeast infections, oral yeast infections, stomach ulcers and
Eases menstruation cycles: Cinnamon has also been found useful for
women's health as it helps in providing relief from menstrual cramping and
other feminine discomforts.