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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Benefit of Cinnamon:

Benefit of Cinnamon:

Cinnamon Spice Offers Health Benefits

Cinnamon is one of the best known and loved spices in the world,
and in earlier times a few grams of cinnamon could bring a king's ransom
on the open market. While the cost of this great spice is relatively cheap
today, cinnamon remains one of the world's most valuable substances
in terms of its impact on health and nutrition.

Traditional uses of cinnamon

Many traditional cultures around the globe have been using cinnamon
not just as an ingredient in their favorite dishes but as a medicine as well.
In fact, cinnamon has been highly valued for its medicinal properties for
hundreds, perhaps even thousands of years.

New scientific evidence

Cinnamon has shown great promise in clinical studies as a possible treatment
of type 2 diabetes. A recent study in the Diabetes Care journal has revealed
that the ingestion of a mere half teaspoon of cinnamon every day significantly
reduced the level of blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes.
In addition, the same study found that cinnamon was able to reduce
triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in the same study

Other health benefits thought to stem from cinnamon include:

  • Improved digestion - Cinnamon and other related spices have long

    been used as a digestive aid, and those who suffer from stomach

    cramps, IBS, and other common stomach disorders often find that

    adding cinnamon to their favorite dish aids digestion.

  • Toning of tissues - Considerable anecdotal evidence exists to suggest

    that cinnamon may have the ability to tone and constrict tissues

    in the body.

  • Relief from congestion - Cinnamon and other spices have long been

    consumed to relieve congestion that comes from colds, allergies,

    and other common conditions.

  • Muscle and joint pain relief- Those who eat cinnamon on a regular

    basis often report that their muscle and joint pain, as well as stiffness,

    is reduced or even eliminated.

  • Relief from menstrual cramping and other feminine discomfort -

    Cinnamon has long been used to treat the discomfort that accompanies

    menstruation, and many women report that a daily amount of cinnamon

    greatly reduces cramping, pain, and other common menstrual complaints.

  • Thinning of the blood and better circulation - Like garlic, cinnamon is a

    blood thinning agent. Though not as powerful as garlic, cinnamon also

    acts to increase circulation.

  • Relief from arthritis pain - Recent studies have suggested that

    cinnamon may contain anti-inflammatory compounds which may be

    useful in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

  • Prevention of urinary tract infections - Many who eat cinnamon on a

    regular basis report a lower incidence of urinary tract infections.

  • Prevention of tooth decay and gum disease -

    There is much anecdotal evidence that cinnamon may be helpful

    in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Killing harmful bacteria - Cinnamon has been shown to be a powerful

    antimicrobial agent, one that has the ability to kill germs as E. coli

    and other harmful bacteria.

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