The Health Benefits of Cinnamon are Impressive
Cinnamon is one of the most studied herbs in the world, it has been found to impart some seriously advantageous health benefits that resonate throughout the human body.
An in-depth review in Y 2014 listed several of the conditions cinnamon can help improve, also noting that it exhibits antimicrobial activity, such as against E. coli:
|Memory, ability to learn||Colorectal and cervical cancers|
|Optimized cholesterol||Tooth decay and plaque|
Scientists stress that many aspects of how cinnamon is cultivated in regard to soil quality and growing conditions, stored and dried can affect its effectiveness and potency, making it somewhat of an unknown quantity, which makes it difficult to create drugs or supplements from the powder.
In research, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics notes:
“The doses have varied greatly among the studies, from less than 1 gram to levels that would be toxic in humans. The duration of taking the capsules has also varied greatly. That’s the problem with translation of all of this work. Even when we find positive results, how do we come up with the correct compounding and dosage for maximum safety?”
Cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid and cinnamate are 3 of the most fundamental oils in this fragrant spice, which has an impressively wide range of capabilities.
Besides being an antioxidant, cinnamon is also useful in the fight against chronic diseases.
According to one study:
“An … anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, lipid-lowering and cardiovascular-disease-lowering compound, cinnamon has also been reported to have activities against neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.”
The same study notes additional compounds in cinnamon that release powerful effects against disease:
|Eugenol||Borneol||Caryophyllene oxide||Caryophyllene||Bornyl acetate|
As for its antioxidant properties, among 26 spices tested, cinnamon showed the greatest potential for antioxidant activity, the study noting: “Antioxidants have been considered the most important drivers in the progress and existence of humans, as they respond to free radicals and damage in metabolic diseases and age-related syndromes of humans and other animals.”
Cinnamon also contains procyanidins and catechins, and is known to kill human parasites (nematicidal) as well as resist termite infestation, kill mosquito larvae (larvicidal) and 3 different mosquito species, and also protect certain woods from decay (antifungal), which is useful for any wood manufacturing industry.
Food production finds extracts from cinnamon to be useful for diminishing the browning that occurs on mushrooms, fruit and vegetables when they are exposed to oxygen, making cinnamon an antityrosinase agent and tyrosinase inhibitor that’s also valuable in skin health, cosmetics and agriculture.
Many centuries before Ayurvedic approaches to health emerged, and as an example of its strong, pleasant fragrance, Egyptians used cinnamon to mask the smell during the embalming process, and the Romans’ funeral pyres required it for covering the acrid smell of burning flesh.
Dark brown Cassia bark oil, extracted from the same tree, is robust with combined woody, sweet and balsamic notes, and beneficial for treating colds, fevers and flu symptoms using vapor therapy.
Powdered cassia bark itself helps improve digestive issues, including diarrhea, flatulence and colic.
Over centuries and all the way to the present, cinnamon has been used as a spice for food, perfume and medicine, but some of these uses cross over to having 2 or more uses, such as the spice uses for the refreshing flavor of chewing gum and to remedy bad breath.
MAPI notes that cinnamon was traditionally useful to aid digestion and soothe stomach problems. Further, a number of powerful polyphenols, such as rutin, catechin, quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin, a more obscure metabolite of quercetin that Phytochemicals says “may reduce the risk of cancer, improve heart health and ease diabetes complications,” are also found in cinnamon.
Cancer, notably colorectal cancer, has been examined by scientists using cinnamic compounds as a method of chemoprevention through a pathway known as Nrf2/Keap1-ARE, which Science Direct describes as capable of preventing “cancer initiation and progression in normal and premalignant tissues.”
In the study,cinnamaldeyde was found to “represent an underappreciated chemopreventive dietary factor targeting colorectal carcinogenesis.”
In addition, it, along with an extract made from Cinnamomum cassia bark, induce upregulation of cellular glutathione (the super-antioxidant) levels in human colon cancer cells.
It has also been shown to suppress tumor progression by curbing angiogenesis, or the development of new blood vessels, kill tumor cells in a clinical setting and, in another study, was proven to be useful as a potent chemopreventive drug in cervical cancer, as well as for restraining tumor cell growth and enhancing tumor cell apoptosis.
However you choose to use cinnamon, particularly Ceylon cinnamon, as it can offer powerful advantages that scientists report will enhance and improve our health.
I have it daily in Organic black coffee, it is delicious.
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