Credit: WikipediaCinnamon is one of the oldest known spices and derives from a small tree that grows in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Egypt. In order to get cinnamon, the bark of the cinnamon tree is dried and rolled into cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon can also be dried and ground into a powder.
Cinnamon has numerous health and nutritional benefits. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon contains 28 mg of calcium, 1 mg of iron, over 1 gram of fiber, and a lot of vitamins C, K, and manganese. Cinnamon has been used to treat numerous medical conditions for hundreds of years. Below is a list of all of the medical ailments and conditions that cinnamon can treat naturally.
Medical Conditions & Ailments Treated by Cinnamon
Studies have shown that cinnamon regulates blood sugar and increases the amount of insulin production in the body which is beneficial for those suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
Cinnamon is an effective natural remedy for high cholesterol. A study has shown that adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to your diet every day will lower triglycerides and cholesterol within 60 days.
High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
Cinnamon is a natural remedy for high blood pressure. Studies have shown that adding cinnamon to your diet lowers blood pressure. Further, cinnamon's ability to regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol also contributes to lowering blood pressure.
Cinnamon is an excellent natural remedy for arthritis. Studies have shown that combining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with 1 tablespoon of honey and consuming it every morning significantly reduces arthritis pain within 1 week. In fact, study participants were able to walk without any pain within one month of taking the mixture of cinnamon and honey.
Cinnamon is a natural remedy to alleviate symptoms of the common cold. Cinnamon eases the pain of a dry or sore throat caused by the common cold. Mix cinnamon powder into a glass of boiling water or add cinnamon oil to food and drinks when you have a cold in order to achieve the benefits of cinnamon when you have a cold.
Cinnamon has antifungal properties and can fight fungal infections naturally. Candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment. Further, studies have revealed that cinnamon is effective in treating medication-resistant yeast infections.
Studies have shown that cinnamon is a natural remedy for fighting cancer. It reduces the proliferation of cancer cells, particularly leukemia and lymphoma cells.
Cinnamon is effective natural remedy for digestive ailments such as indigestion, gas and bloating, stomach upset, and diarrhea.
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation of the internal tissues and organs is linked to heart disease. Cinnamon is effective in reducing inflammation and preventing heart disease.
When consumed in the appropriate quantity, cinnamon can help prevent Alzheimer's disease by inhibiting the accumulation of the amyloid (A) polypeptide assemblies that cause neuron destruction and result in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Cinnamon also reduces chronic inflammation linked to Alzheimer's disease.
Studies have shown that cinnamon may stop the progression of multiple sclerosis.
Headaches & Migraines
Cinnamon is an effective natural remedy for alleviating painful headaches and migraines.
Because cinnamon regulates blood sugar, it is an effective tool in losing weight. Cinnamon speeds up the metabolism of glucose and prevents it from being stored in the body as fat. Cinnamon also slows down the passing of food from the stomach to the intestines effectively helping you to feel fuller for longer and therefore, eat less. It also helps the body to process carbohydrates more effectively.
Cinnamon is an excellent natural remedy for relieving pain associated with menstruation.
Cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which studies show increases the hormone progesterone and decreases testosterone production in women, helping to balance hormones, which helps women dealing with infertility.
Cinnamon is effective at treating and preventing stomach ulcers.
Blackheads are a pain and everyone wants to fight and prevent blackheads. You can treat blackheads naturally with cinnamon. Cinnamon rejuvenates dead skin cells and fights blackheads naturally.
Cinnamon oil has antiparasitic properties and can be used to treat lice.
More Health Benefits of Cinnamon
In addition to treating the ailments listed above, cinnamon has the following health benefits:
- Cinnamon works as an anticoagulant and has an anti-clotting effect on blood.
- Smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
- Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
- Cinnamon inhibits bacteria growth in food and drinks.
Cinnamon is toxic in large doses so do not start eating large amounts of cinnamon every day in order to gain the health benefits of the spice.
Before starting any natural remedy, be it supplements or changes to your diet be sure to consult a doctor to ensure that it safe for you to do so and will not interact with any medications you are taking or medical conditions you have.