Almost everyone’s spice drawer has cinnamon but few people know that it has many benefits and uses. This tasty herb has a long history both as a natural medicine and as a culinary choice.
Starting from the Old Testament to the ancient Egyptians, many cultures used cinnamon for anointing, preservation, and consumption. It was so highly prized in the Middle Ages that it was considered a luxury commodity and a symbol of status. At some point, it was even more valuable than gold.
By taking a simple look at the long list of proven benefits it gets clearer and clearer why this spice has such a long history of use.
Cinnamon’s most well documented benefit is its ability to regulate blood sugar. Research shows that hypoglycemic benefits from the intake of 2 teaspoons a day.
Moreover, studies show that the bark of cassia counteracts the enzyme responsible for inflammation. This means that by adding a pinch to drinks, recipes, or smoothies, anti-inflammatory benefits arise.
Cinnamon bark oil is also an effective antibacterial agent that has long been used to disinfect and preserve. More than that, it has shown its effectiveness against E. coli. Another interesting use is to combat fungal infections and oral candidiasis.
And, now that the cold season is near, cinnamon is great when used to combat viral respiratory illness, the flu and colds. Furthermore, it also exhibits antioxidant influence on free radical cells.
Since many compounds that help with blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure, cinnamon has room here, too. In a study with rats, it has been proven that regular consumption of cinnamon leads to lower blood pressure.
In addition to this, exciting new research shows that cinnamon can even block a protein called tau in the brain. This is a very important fact as tau buildup is found in people affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
All in call, make sure that you take advantage of having cinnamon around the house as often as you can!