The Numerous Benefits of Cinnamon

cinnamonCinnamon is a spice that has been used for thousands of years.  It is even mentioned in the Bible.

There are two types of commercial cinnamon.  The Ceylon cinnamon which is native to South Asia is more expensive and less common that the cassia tree cinnamon which is the type found on grocery shelves.  The cassia cinnamon has a stronger flavor and aroma than the more expensive Ceylon cinnamon.

In ancient days cinnamon was used to treat sore throats, arthritis and coughs.  Today it is still considered beneficial for some health problems.  Cinnamon contains small amounts of the nutrients manganese, fiber, iron and calcium.

Cinnamon is available at any store which sells spices.  It is available in powder form or as cinnamon sticks.  If you do not like the taste of the cinnamon spice it is also available in supplement form.

Cinnamon is used to help treat diarrhea, vomiting, muscle spasms, infections, impotence, cramps, intestinal gas, arthritis and colds.  It may assist in treating erectile dysfunction.  Cinnamon may help lower  blood sugar in people with diabetes and may help lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).  It may also be effective against infections and may be effective against H pylori bacteria.  Cinnamon may  aid those with multiple sclerosis and may help with prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Chewing cinnamon gum or just smelling cinnamon may increase brain activity.

The combination of fiber and calcium in cinnamon may help remove bile salts from the body and this may help reduce the risk of colon cancer.  For those suffering with irritable  bowel syndrome cinnamon may help with diarrhea or constipation.  Cinnamon may reduce the negative effects of eating high fat meals.

Suggested amounts of cinnamon powder daily are between ½ and 1 teaspoon.  There are no established doses for cinnamon.

Cinnamon usage may interfere with some medications such as diabetic drugs, heart medication, blood thinners and antibiotics.  Be sure to consult with your health care professional before starting daily cinnamon usage.