Surprising Benefits of Cinnamon
There are numerous reasons to use cinnamon – far more than a simple dash for your morning tea or coffee. In Ayurveda, nearly every part of the Cinnamon tree – the bark, leaves, roots, fruits and flowers, has some culinary or medicinal benefits.
While there are differences in terms of taste, texture and color between Cassia, Korintje, Ceylon and Saigon cinnamon, the difference when it comes to health benefits are minor. In terms of nutrients, a teaspoon of cinnamon powder contains up to 5 % of the daily recommended allowance for fiber, 16% for manganese, 3% for calcium and 3% for iron.
Below are some of the amazing health benefits of taking Cinnamon powder.
1. Controls diabetes – cinnamon is known to help improve fasting blood glucose and glycemic status for people with Type 2 diabetes. In fact, many experts has even thought of cinnamon as a potential insulin substitute due to its bioactive substance that behaves similar to an insulin.
2. Anti-inflammatory action – cinnamon exhibits anti-inflammatory activity partly due to its cinnamaldehyde content. Chronic inflammation plays a crucial role in the development of different neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, meningitis and even brain tumor, according to a research published in Molecular Biology journal.
In Asia, where most people regularly consume dishes rich in spices, the prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases are much lower compared to the US. Such study only suggests that cinnamon and other spices such as ginger, turmeric, garlic and red pepper target certain inflammatory pathways which helps prevent chronic degenerative disease.
3. Enhance brain function – the scent of cinnamon is believed to boost brain function, according to a research from the Association for Chemoreception Sciences. Participant who chewed cinnamon-flavored gum got improved scores on tests associated with virtual recognition memory, attentional processes, visual-motor response and working memory.
4. Promotes weight loss – cinnamon may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce glucose concentration in the blood. For obese and overweight individuals, ground cinnamon has been found to be effective in regulating the amount of sugar present in the blood after a meal, also called as post-prandial glucose response.
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