Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 204 THE HIDDEN HEALTH BENEFIT IN YOUR SPICE CABINET Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors, and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits. Just make sure to get Ceylon cinnamon, or stick to small doses if you’re using the Cassia variety. 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon By Joe Leech, Dietitian Cinnamon is a highly delicious spice. It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Modern science has now confirmed what people have instinctively known for ages. 1. Cinnamon is high in a Substance with Powerful Medicinal Properties Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum. It has been used as an ingredient through- out history, dating back as far as Ancient Egypt. It used to be rare and valuable, and was regarded as a gift fit for kings. These days, cinnamon is cheap, available in every supermarket and found in all sorts of foods and recipes. There are two main types of cinnamon: • Ceylon cinnamon: Also known as “true” cinnamon. • Cassia cinnamon: This is the more common variety today, what people generally refer to as “cinnamon.” Cinnamon is a popular spice. It is high in a substance called cinnamaldehyde, which is responsible for most of the health benefits. 2. Cinnamon is Loaded With Antioxidants Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Cinnamon contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants. 3. Cinnamon Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties Inflammation in the body is incredibly important. It helps the body fight infections and repair tissue damage. However, inflam- mation can become a problem when it is chronic (long-term) and directed against the body’s own tissues. The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower the risk of disease. 4. Cinnamon May Cut the Risk of Heart Disease Cinnamon has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease, the world’s most common cause of premature death. In people with type 2 diabetes, 1 gram of cinnamon per day has beneficial effects on blood markers. Cinnamon can improve some key risk factors for heart disease, including choles- terol, triglycerides and blood pressure. 5. Cinnamon Can Improve Sensitivity to the Hormone Insulin Insulin is one of the key hormones that regulate metabolism and energy use. Cinnamon has been shown to significantly increase sensitivity to the hormone insulin. 6. Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar Levels and Has a Powerful Anti-Diabetic Effect Cinnamon is well known for its blood sugar lowering effects. Cinnamon has been shown to both reduce fasting blood sugar levels, having a potent anti-diabetic effect at 1 to 6 grams per day. 7. Cinnamon May Have Beneficial Effects on Neurodegenerative Diseases Neurodegenerative diseases are character- ized by progressive loss of the structure or function of brain cells. Cinnamon has been shown to lead to various improvements for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease in animal studies. 8. Cinnamon May Be Protective Against Cancer Cancer is a serious disease, characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells. Animal studies and test tube experiments indicate that cinnamon may have protective effects against cancer. 9. Cinnamon Helps Fight Bacterial and Fungal Infections Cinnamaldehyde, the main active compo- nent of cinnamon, may help fight various kinds of infection. Cinnamaldehyde has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which may reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath. 10. Cinnamon May Help Fight the HIV Virus HIV is a virus that slowly breaks down the immune system, which can eventually lead to AIDS if untreated. Test tube studies have shown that cinnamon can help fight HIV-1, the main type of HIV virus in humans. It is Better to Use Ceylon (“True” Cinnamon) Not all cinnamon is created equal. The Cassia variety contains significant amounts of a compound called coumarin, which is believed to be harmful in large doses. All cinnamon should have health benefits, but Cassia may cause problems in large doses due to the coumarin content. Ceylon (“true” cinnamon) is much better in this regard, and studies show that it is much lower in coumarin than the Cassia variety. Unfortunately, most cinnamon found in supermarkets is the cheaper Cassia variety. Take Home Message At the end of the day, cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors, and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits. Just make sure to get Ceylon cinnamon, or stick to small doses if you’re using the Cassia variety. https://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon/ FAM HEALTH