The distinct smell and flavour of cinnamon are due to the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde. According to scientist's belief, this compound is responsible for the amazing health benefits and effects on metabolism on the human body. The best type for consumption is Pure Ceylon Cinnamon (as opposed to Cassia cinnamon) which is rarely found. There are several benefits of cinnamon consumption.
Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals. Cinnamon contains powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols. Studies have shown that Cinnamon supersedes all other spices when it comes to the antioxidant content. The antioxidants are so powerful in cinnamon that can be used as a natural preservative, just like in the ancient times when indigenous communities in Sri Lanka used cinnamon to preserve their gaming meat.
Insulin is a major hormone that regulates metabolism and energy use. It is also a key substance in balancing the levels of sugar in the blood. Although a very useful element, some may have adversity towards insulin and be insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is commonly seen in patients with type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Cinnamon is known to improve a person’s sensitivity towards insulin and act as a catalyst in accepting insulin in human bodies. Cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels initially by attacking the amounts of glucose that is consumed by people. Human studies have shown that Cinnamon is capable of reducing blood sugar levels on a range of 10% – 29%. Cinnamon has a profound anti-diabetic effect.
Inflammation when chronic begins to attack the human body from within. Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon properties have been used extensively since it was discovered in 2005 that cinnamon kills bacteria and is used for fighting and healing chronic wounds.
The amazing cinnamon has properties that may aid in the prevention of cancer. Cinnamon is expected to reduce cancer cells and the formation of blood vessels in tumours. Studies have shown that Cinnamon appears toxic to cancer cells, killing these cells and thereby being beneficial in the treatment of cancer. Cinnamon may also be an activist against HIV, having antitumor and anticancer properties.
Heart disease is the primary cause of premature deaths that may be the result of prolonged exposure to smoking and other unhealthy habits. A study on animals has shown that Cinnamon is capable of actively reducing levels of cholesterol. Paired with a balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle, and positive choices, Cinnamon will very well be able to prevent heart disease.
Studies are yet to confirm the real benefits but cinnamon is expected to protect neurons, normalized neurotransmitter levels and improved motor function of the brain.
Cinnamon helps fight bacterial and fungal infections through the magic component present in cinnamon; Cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon has proved that it can effectively treat vascular diseases caused by certain bacteria and fungi. Cinnamon will also help prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath.
The health benefits of cinnamon were well known during ancient civilization and this is the main reason why wars were fought over control of the cinnamon trade of Sri Lanka. It is paramount that Pure Ceylon Cinnamon is grown in Sri Lanka and indigenous to this beautiful island, is protected for future generations.