Natural Wonders – Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one must-have spice in your kitchen. It has numerous health benefits that you can easily combine in your everyday meal.

Health benefits of cinnamon

Cinnamon and its nutrients

It has a spicy, sweet flavour, and is used to flavour a variety of savouries. Besides its fiery aroma and flavourful kick, cinnamon is loaded with numerous health benefits.

This spicy bark is a great source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese and magnesium. It also contains high amounts of vitamin-A, niacin, pantothenic acid and pyridoxine.

Cinnamon contains loads of anti-oxidants, in addition to fibre — that can do wonders for your body.

Health benefits of cinnamon:

Helps lower cholesterol: Studies suggest that adding ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon can help lower bad cholesterol, aiding your heart health.

Treating infections: Cinnamon is known to have anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties that can help stop infections, particularly yeast infections and bacterial infections. In fact, adding cinnamon to food inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

Controlling diabetes: Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with type-2 diabetes.

Anti-clotting quality: Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

Reduce inflammation: Studies have shown that one tablespoon of cinnamon a day can help provide significant relief in arthritis pain and swelling.

Aids digestion: Cinnamon helps reduce indigestion, flatulence and nausea. The high fibre content in cinnamon can provide relief to people with irritable bowel syndrome.

Natural warmer: In winters, adding some cinnamon to your diet can help increase your body temperature.

Boosts memory: Cinnamon helps cognitive function and boots memory.

Cancer-fighting properties: Since cinnamon has both calcium and fibre, it helps remove bile (a yellow-green fluid made by the liver) and prevent one of the potential causes of colon cancer.

Advisory against cinnamon:

Excessive use of cinnamon stick may cause inflammation of taste buds, gum swelling and mouth ulcers. Also some people can be allergic to cinnamon.

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