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Healing Qualities of Cinnamon
For thousands of years cinnamon has been used medicinally around the world for its powerful healing properties. In fact, researchers have concluded that the health benefits of cinnamon far surpass that of any other spice or herb in the world. The unique beneficial compounds in cinnamon make it a potent antioxidant, with anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, anti-cancer, lipid-lowering and immunity-boosting abilities.
Cinnamon has over 40 different protective compounds that all provide protection against free radical damage, which contributes to the aging process and leads to disease. The various antioxidants present in cinnamon reduce many forms of oxidative stress, including the ability to reduce nitric oxide build up in the blood and lipid per-oxidation; which contributes to brain disorders, cancers and heart disease.
Cinnamon has been found to contain several types of flavonoid compounds which are highly effective in reducing serious full body inflammatory conditions. With reduced inflammation and swelling will also come ease of pain which is usually associated with this type of condition. Flavonoids have also been found to be beneficial with easing age-related pains, PMS pains and reducing the severity of allergic reactions.
The anti-diabetic effect of cinnamon is accomplished through the blocking certain enzymes with allow sugar to be absorbed into the blood, in-turn lowering blood sugar levels which improves the sensitivity to the hormone insulin. Insulin is a vital hormone needed for keeping blood sugar levels balanced. Diabetes occurs when an insulin resistance develops and there is an inability to manage how much sugar enters the blood stream.
The essential oils found in cinnamon have strong anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral abilities that fight infections and viruses and boost the immune system. Cinnamon’s essential oils also protect against bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath, tooth decay, cavities and mouth infections.
Cinnamon’s antioxidant abilities also contribute to its ability to protect against cancer. A compound found in cinnamon called cinnamaldehyde inhibits cancer tumour growth, causes cancerous cells to self-destruct and protects DNA from damage. Studies have shown an especially significant improvement to colon cancer and is currently being investigated as a natural anti-cancer agent.
Cinnamon protects the heart by reduces several risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels and high blood pressure. Compounds in cinnamon are able to reduce bad cholesterol levels (LDL) while keeping good cholesterol levels (HDL) stable. Cinnamon further improves heart health through better blood health by assisting in coagulation functions and increasing circulation which promotes the bodies ability to heal.
Recent research has found cinnamons antioxidant properties also help to protect against neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Cinnamon does this by activating neuro-protective proteins that protect brain cells from damage or mutation.
Candida overgrowth is a far too common yeast condition that can cause serious multiple digestive and autoimmune symptoms and disorders. It is a fungus that can cause the break down of the intestinal lining and penetrate the bloodstream; releasing toxins throughout the body. The powerful anti-fungal properties in cinnamon have been found to be effective in stopping or curing this condition.
Allergies and asthma attacks can also be improved through cinnamon’s ability to fight histamine reactions in the body and reduce inflammation. Cinnamon’s immune boosting abilities also contribute to reduced allergies by helping the body to digest and better defend against common food allergens.
Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of a tree species know as the Cinnamomum and is available in either stick or powder form. Cinnamon is commonly used in many different dessert recipes as well is enjoyed in coffee, tea and hot cocoa.
Written by: J. Marshall
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