Honey and Cinnamon for Health

For centuries a combination of honey and cinnamon was used in Ayurvedic and Oriental medicines. Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to us, and honey as we see has been extremely popular throughout the centuries, dating back to biblical times. Bee products such as honey and others like organic royal jelly, bee pollen and bee propolis have long been known to be effective in treatment of various health conditions.  What makes the two essentials good for health? Cinnamon has essential oils and honey has an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide. These properties qualify honey and cinnamon as anti-microbial foods that prevent bacterial and fungal growth.

People commonly associate both honey and cinnamon with yummy deserts and as flavor enhancement to food and drinks. In reality, there is a long list of the health benefits of honey and cinnamon originating from the two humble ingredients found in most kitchens around the world.

Health Benefitis of Honey and Cinnamon for Diabetics

Insulin is a hormone that regulates the level of glucose in the bloodstream. When the body fails to utilize the insulin in the body correctly, the dreaded disease diabetes may occur. Diabetes is a condition whereby the blood glucose levels shoot up high and the cells become starved of energy. A study that was conducted by Penn state found that taking cinnamon capsules daily for 40 days helps to reduce blood sugar levels considerably. Cinnamon works to assist with the absorption of glucose into the cells in the body.  Cinnamon type 2 diabetes responds well.  And it is believed that honey helps as well.

Cinnamon and Honey for Cholesterol and Hypertension

High blood pressure and high cholesterol occur due to various factors including diet, level of activity, age, genetics and stress among others. High cholesterol levels have been proven by a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to be reduced when taking cinnamon capsules regularly.  The effect of cinnamon on LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) decrease both it and the triglycerides level when taken daily. Consuming as little as 6 grams of cinnamon daily also helps to reduce high blood pressure.

Health Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon for Infections

Because of the antibacterial properties of honey, it is very useful in protecting external wounds from infections. The anti-microbial properties are similar to hydrogen peroxide and act as an anti-inflammatory to reduce infection. Cinnamon is also believed to protect against bacterial infections.  Tribal peoples and ancient civilizations long knew that coating an open wound with honey helped to prevent the wound from becoming infectious and speeded up the healing process.  It still works today and is useful as a home remedy to apply on cuts and scrapes.

Honey and Cinnamon for Weight Loss

The medical journal ‘Diabetes Care’ published the results of a study showing that small doses of up to 6 grams of cinnamon every day helped to improve the body’s insulin sensitivity and reduce fasting glucose levels. When the body demonstrates a greater need for insulin in order to transfer glucose to the cells, the body automatically increases the storage of fat. Honey provides a good source of natural sugars and carbohydrates for the body. This helps to provide a greater source of energy for the body to sustain intensive physical workouts.

Cinnamon and Honey for Colds and Sore Throats

The common cold is one of the most irritating illnesses to endure primarily because there is no real cure for it. All we hear is the cold has to run its course!  Here’s a modicum of relief for all cold sufferers - hot drinks made with a mixture of cinnamon and honey will help to soothe the throat. The cinnamon’s natural antiseptic and warming properties appear to be effective in alleviating colds, fevers, congestion and bronchitis.  Apple cider vinegar mixed with some cinnamon and honey is one remedy that some people claim to be very effective.

Organic Honey and CinnamonYou can even buy organic honey and cinnamon prepackaged online.  Here's what Amazon has to say about one such product, Bee Strong:

Organic ceylon cinnamon is high in minerals and antioxidants which may help to promote stronger bones and joints in the body. The natural oil which cinnamon produces may also help sooth our body internally from inflammation. For arthritis suffers this helps ease the pain and discomfort of inflammation. Being a good source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium, organic cinnamon may be used to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, especially in those that suffer from type 2 diabetes.

Bee Strong organic cinnamon and honey is available online in 350 gram, one month supply.  You can find the product here on Amazon.

There are many more uses for honey and cinnamon in addition to those presented here such as for the treatment of rosacea.  Just a few additional uses include health benefits from using honey and cinnamon for arthritis, honey and cinnamon for hair loss and honey and cinnamon for acne.