5 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon has long been used not only in the kitchen but as medicine. Here are five health benefits of cinnamon.

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For centuries, cinnamon has been used as medicine in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Cinnamon is a bark that comes from different types of cinnamon trees. There are two main types of cinnamon: cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon, often called "true cinnamon," is the most expensive variety. Cassia cinnamon, which is darker, is most commonly found in shops.

Cinnamon is believed to lower blood sugar, heal superficial fungal infections, and reduce inflammation and pain. However, research directly linking cinnamon to the treatment of various ailments is not entirely conclusive. Here are five health benefits of cinnamon.

1. Cinnamon has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal benefits

Cinnamaldehyde is the compound that gives cinnamon its smell and taste. It exhibits antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Cinnamon is also full of polyphenols, an antioxidant that prevents cell damage, making it an anti-inflammatory agent.

2. Cinnamon may help regulate blood pressure

In some studies cinnamon appears to be connected with a short-term decrease in high blood pressure.

3. Cinnamon may lower blood sugar levels

Cinnamon is known to help regulate blood sugar. Studies are promising and suggest that cinnamon may have a moderate effect on lowering blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

4. Cinnamon may help with acne.

Thanks to the antibacterial action of bioactive phytochemicals, cinnamon may help clear up acne.

5. Cinnamon may improve gut health.

Cinnamon has prebiotic properties. A study found that cinnamon may help regulate gut microflora. It acts as a prebiotic by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut and can support digestive health and alleviate any digestive issues.

People should never use cinnamon in any form as a complete substitute for medical treatment. If ingested in large quantities, cinnamon can interact with prescribed medications.

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