Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of the tree called Cinnamomom. The tree is native to South Asia. China and Indonesia account for 76% of the total production of cinnamon worldwide.
Here are some worth knowing benefits of cinnamon.
The nitric oxide action of cinnamon dilates blood vessels and helps lowering blood pressure, thereby helping in people suffering from hypertension.
Cinnamon can have positive effects in people suffering from type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon increases insulin sensitivity in people with type2 diabetes ultimately helping lower blood glucose levels and decreasing the excretion of glucose in urine and reducing symptoms like frequency and urgency.
With its remarkable analgesic and anti inflammatory properties, cinnamon has shown promise in people suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, is characterized by warm, painful and swollen joints. The potent antioxidant action of cinnamon effectively reduces joint inflammation and pain associated with the disease.
Daily consumption of half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon has shown reduction in LDL Cholesterol and total glyceride levels which are important markers for heart disease. Regular consumption of cinnamon has also shown an increase in HDL cholesterol, also known as the good cholesterol.
SORE THROAT REMEDY
A teaspoon of ground cinnamon in a tbsp of honey can serve as an excellent sore throat remedy.
Cinnamon boosts immune system and protects our body from various infections and viruses. A teaspoon of cinnamon with honey in a glass of milk can provide you with all the defense in changing weather.
TOOTH PASTE ALTERNATIVE
The potent antimicrobial action of Cinnamon helps fight bacteria causing tooth decay. Cinnamon powder with mustard oil can provide you with the natural alternative of modern day toothpaste which is loaded with toxins and harmful detergents.
Cinnamon also prevents the accumulation of disease causing bacteria in the gum lining and strengthens gums. It also prevents bad breath by destroying the odor causing bacteria in the mouth.
Cinnamaldehyde, an active compound cinnamon fights bacteria called Salmonella and bacteria.
Various fungal infections in the skin and respiratory tract are promptly eliminated by this compound.