23 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Health benefits of cinnamon has confirmed by medicinal properties and modern science, cinnamon possesses great health  benefits that are backed by scientific research.  Cinnamon bark sticks and powder used in Asian kitchens from thousands of years due to its taste and health properties.  It is a valuable ingredient in many of the spicy recipes as well as cinnamon tea and coffee. Historical evidences and experiments show daily use of cinnamon generates  a solution for range of health illness. The combination of honey and cinnamon has been immensely used in traditional Chinese medicine.

What are the health benefits of cinnamon?

01. Blood Sugar Control – By simply digesting a quarter teaspoon a day, type 2 diabetes patients experienced reduced blood sugar levels. Through numerous human trials, it has been confirmed the anti-diabetic properties of cinnamon which lower fasting blood sugar levels by up to 10-19%. Cinnamon restores blood sugar levels to normal, maintains blood glucose levels and prevents insulin spikes occurring after meals.

02. Fights Yeast Infections – Cinnamon helps fight yeast infections. Antimicrobial and antifungal properties of cinnamon play an important role in getting rid of any yeast infections on the body and prevent further yeast infections. This study confirms that Cinnamon Oil is one of the essential oils effective against Candida, a major yeast infection.

03. Eases Stomach Bug/Flu – A component in cinnamon known as catechins, a kind of anti-oxidant aids digestion, eases gas, bloating, and stomach discomfort. It helps digest food as well reduces acid reflux by reducing stomach acidity. Cinnamon is in great health stand to bring comfort to stomach disorder or discomfort.

04. Prevent Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Improves the condition of colon by getting rid of bile salts coming from the body. Cinnamon possesses properties that help to cleanse the digestive tube and prevent irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections.

05. Cancer Preventer – Health benefits of cinnamon include prevent colon cancer and other various kinds of cancer. Considering the nutritional components of Cinnamon, it is an excellent source of dietary fiber as well as calcium, and this combination can help remove bile, which prevents damage to colon cells and aids in reducing the risk of colon cancer. Although no much evidence on human cancer trials as studies had been based mainly on test tube experiments and animal studies, but this study revealed that water-soluble extract from cinnamon hinder the development and advancement of cancer in laboratory cell cultures of various kinds of cancer including cervical, lymphoma, colorectal and melanoma cancer. During these experiments it was proposed that active cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon may protect against cancer. Also, a study headed by Ka H., in Cancer Lett., 2003 reported cinnamaldehyde as anticancer.

06. Effective against Arthritis/Osteoporosis – Some of the best known studies of True Cinnamon and its effectiveness against osteoporosis are Japanese study demonstrates the effects of key component of cinnamon (cinnamaldehyde) and concludes that this component is effective against osteoporosis.

07. Anti-Bacterial/ Anti-Fungal/Anti-Microbial Properties – Preliminary studies about cinnamon health benefits had indicated cinnamon to contain antibacterial, antiparasitic and antifungal qualities. In a study, published in the August 2003 issue of the International Journal of Food Microbiology, the addition of just drops of cinnamon essential oil to carrot broth, which was then placed in a refrigerator, prevented the growth of the food pathogen Bacillus cereus for more than 2 months. Microbial infections can be easily prevented by adding cinnamon to your food, and sprinkle it on potential microbial habitats.

08. Food Preservative – Due to its great success as an ‘anti-microbial’, it’s being used for food preservation. Cinnamon has anti-microbial properties that stop and prevent bacterial growth and yeast Candida and fungi also. This is evident in the culture of the people of Sri Lanka as they add cinnamon to most of food to preserve and protect against microbes invasion.

09. Odor Neutralizer – Fights bad breadth and kills germs. When drops of cinnamon extract are added to water, it can be used to make a glorious mouthwash that kills any bacteria that can cause mouth odor. With its sweet smell, non-toxicity and strong germicidal qualities, it can be safely used on any surface: food preparation surface, wooden and plastic surfaces, in the toilet to disinfect and neutralize bad odor.

10. Alertness, Memory & Cognitive Development – According to this study Cinnamon may boost cognitive memory and function thus boosting brain function.

11. Has Anti-oxidant Properties – A study published in Indian Journal Exp Biology, 1999, with this particular study related to health benefits of cinnamon reported that spice contains anti-oxidant properties capable of protecting the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Cinnamon was found to have the highest antioxidant capacity in its group of plants that the superfoods like garlic and oregano.

12. Aid Weight Loss – Cinnamon’s biochemical action that helps with weight loss is its ability to stabilize blood sugar. When blood sugar fluctuates there is tendency to crave sweet foods and the body will store excess sugar as fat leading to weight gain.

13. Lowering LDL cholesterol & triglycerides – A research in Diabetes Care, 2003 shows that cinnamon reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), total cholesterol and triglycerides while no significant changes were recorded in the HDL cholesterol. In recent article review by Allen et al., 2013 published in Ann Fam Med concluded that consumption of cinnamon increases the levels of HDL cholesterol. Cinnamon can not only reduce the bad cholesterol but can raise the good one too.

14. E-coli Fighter/Salmonella – Antibacterial effect is again at work. Cinnamaldehyde, the main active component of cinnamon helps to fight against various kinds of infection. It can also inhibit the development or growth of certain bacteria including Escherichia coli and Campylobacter. When sprinkling concentrate on the major germs areas and spray with diluted cinnamon leaf oil. One of the great things about this Oil is that its disinfectant properties lasts quite long even when diluted.

15. Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Diseases – Studies regarding health benefits of cinnamon has been reported to lessen the effects of gum disease and tooth decay. This work effectively when you drink Cinnamon Tea without sugar. It will keep your mouth feeling fresh and germ free. With the strong anti-bacterial and disinfecting properties of Cinnamon, it keeps your mouth healthy and promotes oral hygiene.

16. Nutrients – Cinnamon is one of the world’s healthiest spices and is not a commonly allergenic spice. 1 teaspoon has 5.92 calories and is an excellent source of: manganese-0.38mg, dietary fiber-1.24g, iron-0.86mg, calcium-27.84mg. According to WebMD manganese is therefore useful for weak bones and for symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Fiber aids digestion, iron and calcium for blood and bone formation and with the calorie content, you possess enough energy for your daily activities.

17. Insect Repellant – Due to the antimicrobial qualities of cinnamon, its leaf oil is known to kill and repel mosquito and a number of exo and endoskeleton insects including, bed bugs, dust mites, cockroaches and black ant. It is also used for treatment of head lice and other parasitic insects. Mosquito control: Samarasekera et al., 2005, investigated the mosquito control properties of essential oils of leaf and bark of cinnamon and found out to be a good knock-down insecticide against mosquito.

18. Treat Cold, Sore Throat and Cough – Help to fight sore throats, the common cold and congestion. Constant use of Cinnamon, especially during the season of flu may help stop a cold, sore throat and the resulting cough. Anti-bacterial properties of Cinnamon eradicate microbes as the cinnamon drinks run through your sore throat.

19. Beneficial effects on neurogenerative diseases – Of which Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are the most important type. According to a study, an aqueous solution extracted from cinnamon is known to inhibit the development of the filamentous tangles found in the brain cells which are the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. In another study, Cinnamon helped to protect neurons, stabilize neurotransmitter levels and improve motor function in mice. Although, these effects need to be examine to humans.

20. Virus Fighter -This study for health benefits of cinnamon has found that Cinnamaldehyde from Cinnamon in its various forms is effective against adenovirus. This study was carried out using with Cinnamaldehyde extract from Cassia Cinnamon, but the Cinnamaldyde from Cinnamon bark oil is of the same content and of much higher worth.

21. HIV – More human trials are needed to ascertain the effects of cinnamon extracts on HIV virus. From this & this studies, cinnamon is believe to help fight against HIV-1.

22. Anti-relief – Health benefits of cinnamon includes anti-clotting properties and aids the prevention of blood platelet clotting. All this puts cinnamon as an ‘anti-inflammatory’ food. The anti-inflammatory benefit is able to help relieve arthritis and relieve muscular and joint pains and stiffness.

23. Cinnamon works fast – You will begin to feel better within minutes after taking cinnamon for treatment or prevention, especially your nausea. While other medications like garlic and ginger work for stomach disorders as well, Cinnamon works quicker.

True cinnamon health benefits

Ceylon cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon – The most expensive and safe cinnamon variety

Comes with strong health benefits, cinnamon is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable spices on the earth. Widely available cinnamon type is Cassia cinnamon, mostly coming from China. It contains more than 5% of coumarin. Studies confirmed foods that contain higher coumarin content will create serious health problems in longer use. Ceylon cinnamon (cinnamomum verum syn. cinnamomum zeylanicum) is important while considering health benefits of cinnamon because its ultra-low coumarin content. Ceylon cinnamon contains 0.004% of coumarin, a negligible amount and safe for longer use.

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2 Responses to 23 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

  1. Vijay says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the above post.

    But it would have been much better, if how and what quantity cinnamon has to be taken had been mentioned along each benefit.

    For, from scouring the net, I gather, cinnamon has to be taken with honey to get the above benefits.

    So, would be helpful, if the above post is amended to mention the method of consumption of cinnamon, for each of the above stated benefits.

    Thanks

  2. TCS says:

    Thanks for the valuable comment.
    No specified dose. Normal usage is 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon per day. As Sri Lankan, we do not take cinnamon as a special dose. Most of Sri Lankan curries contain Ceylon cinnamon as a flavoring agent. It is a common spice which is generally available in Sri Lankan Kitchens.

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