Cinnamon is a widely known and common spice that gives an incredible taste to many cakes and sweets. But, besides being tasty, this spice is also very healthy. Its health benefits come from the essential oils it contains, or to be more precise, the components in the essential oils called cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol.
These components give cinnamon’s anti-inflammatory, anti-infection, and anti-microbial properties. The spice is also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- Controls blood sugar
This spice is excellent for people who suffer from type 2 diabetes since it regulates the insulin levels in your body.
- Boosts the brain function
Cinnamon boosts alertness, cognition, attention, recognition, and can help with anxiety and nervousness as well.
- Maintains heart health
Since it’s anti-inflammatory, cinnamon is also great for the cardiovascular health and protects your arteries from damage.
- Colon cleanser
Thanks to the calcium-fiber combination, cinnamon makes a great colon cleanser and can relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
- Prevents cancer
Cinnamon can lower the cancer cell production and it’s been shown to be effective in cancer prevention.
- Boosts circulation
Because of its anticoagulant properties, this spice is excellent for blood circulation. But, too much of the compound in cinnamon that works as an anticoagulant can be harmful, and can lead to liver damage, so make sure you consume small doses.
- Fights neurodegenerative disease
The anti-inflammatory properties in cinnamon can be an excellent weapon against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and more.