Cinnamon has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years in ancient cultures and dates back to Biblical times. Cinnamon has long been believed to be an anti-inflammatory, a boost to the immune system, and an aid in longevity.
There have been modern studies that show that adding cinnamon to the body lowers blood sugar. In 2003 Diabetes Care published an article of a study of 60 people who took different amounts of cinnamon pills; all showed a decrease in blood sugar levels, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon
1. Proven to lower blood sugar in diabetics
2. Lowers blood sugar and insulin levels which makes a person less hungry. Also there is some evidence that Cinnamon speeds up the metabolism.
3. Increases memory and boosts cognitive function
4. Has an anti-clotting effect
5. Eases the pain of menstrual cramps
6. Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
7. A source of manganese, fiber and iron
8. Works as an anti-inflammatory
9. Reduces the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells (found in a study by the Department of Agriculture in Maryland)
10. Increases the immune system which keeps us well.
Most commonly used Cinnamon is Cassia but Ceylon, though more expensive, may have better results. Here are three ways to add cinnamon to your health routine.
1. Add Cinnamon powder to your food. It’s especially yummy in coffee.
2. Drink Cinnamon tea with honey
3. Use Cinnamon oils in Aromatherapy
(Be sure to be careful with Cinnamon, some people are allergic to it and it is a very potent herb. If you take too much Cinnamon it can have a harmful effect. Be especially careful with the essential oil, less is more with Cinnamon.)