The health and medicinal benefits of cinnamon

 


Cinnamon is obtained by cutting the stem of the cinnamomum tree.  Where the outer part of the wood is removed, and then the cinnamon is extracted from the inner bark of the tree trunk.


 When the inner bark dries, it forms strips in coiled rings (cinnamon sticks).  And it is possible to grind these sticks to get cinnamon powder.


 The distinctive smell and taste of cinnamon is due to the presence of an oily compound inside it called cinnamaldehyde.  This compound is responsible for the medicinal properties and health effects on the body's metabolic processes.


 Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants such as polyphenols, thus protecting the body from oxidative processes that cause damage caused by harmful free radicals.


 The effective dose of cinnamon daily represents from 1-6 g, which is equivalent to half a teaspoon to two teaspoons daily.


 Cinnamon health benefits:


 Anti-inflammatory:


 The antioxidants present in cinnamon help the body fight diseases and infections and compensate for damaged cells and tissues.


 Prevention of cardiovascular diseases (lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and lipids):


 Cinnamon reduces the levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, while maintaining a healthy cholesterol level in the body.  It also lowers high blood pressure as well.  Thus, it promotes heart health and prevents atherosclerosis.


 Increased sensitivity to insulin and hypoglycemic hormone:


 Insulin hormone is one of the most important hormones that regulate body metabolism (vital processes inside the body and obtaining energy).  It is also very important for the transfer of blood sugar from the bloodstream into the cells.


 A large number of people suffer from insulin resistance, which is a serious problem found in the case of type 2 diabetes.


 Eating cinnamon reduces insulin resistance and increases the body's sensitivity to the effects of the insulin hormone, thus reducing blood sugar by 10-29%.  Cinnamon also reduces the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after eating.  This is done by interfering with the action of several enzymes that slow down the breakdown of carbohydrates in the gut.


 It has an effective role in the prevention of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease:


 Neurological diseases occur as a result of a deficiency in the functions of brain cells, and among the most common diseases we mention Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.


 Cinnamon contains compounds that inhibit the formation of tau protein in the brain, which is one of the harmful proteins that lead to Alzheimer's disease.


 Cancer prevention and control:


 Cancer occurs as a result of abnormal cell growth.


 Cinnamon works to reduce the growth of cancer cells and reduce the formation of tumors in the blood vessels, as it has lethal and toxic properties for cancer cells.


 It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties:


 Cinnamaldehyde is the main ingredient in cinnamon that works against several different types of fungi and germs, including salmonella and listeria.


 The antimicrobial effects of cinnamon prevent tooth decay and eliminate bad breath.


 Prevention of HIV infection:


 This virus suppresses the body's natural immune system, thus exposing the body to various diseases and leading to AIDS.


 Treating digestive problems:


 Including bloating, gas, indigestion and loss of appetite due to its effective effects in increasing the secretion of digestive juices.


 Negative effects of eating cinnamon in high quantities:


 In natural cases, cinnamon is considered safe to use and does not cause any unwanted effects.  But excessive consumption of cinnamon daily may cause sensitivity and irritation of the mouth and lips, and lead to the emergence of oral ulcers.  It may also cause allergic reactions in some individuals.  And if it is applied to the skin, it may lead to redness, itching and sensitivity of the skin.


 High doses of cinnamon may be toxic, especially for individuals with liver problems.


 Considering that cinnamon causes lowering of blood sugar, therefore, patients with diabetes should eat cinnamon in moderation, or if cinnamon is consumed daily, blood sugar should be monitored and the dose of the drug adjusted by the doctor when necessary.


 Some types of cinnamon contain coumarin, which can cause liver problems.


 Some tips and ideas for adding cinnamon to your diet:


 Add a cinnamon stick to the boiling water when making a cup of tea, before brewing. Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to sugar-sweetened pastries or while making cakes. Add a small amount of ground cinnamon to a cup of oats or boiled grains. Add a small amount of ground cinnamon.  For a plate of seasonal fruits such as apples or pineapple and have it as a snack during the day. Add a cinnamon stick or a small amount of ground cinnamon to boil or season the chicken before cooking.

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