If I tell you to pick your five favourite spices, I am sure cinnamon would be there in the list. Usually, we try it to make our dishes taste better and superb.
It has been used around the world for ages for its distinctly sweet, warming taste and ease of use in recipes.
But, don’t think that taste is the sole reason that make you fall in love with cinnamon.
According to a 2010 study in BMC Cancer, the cinnamon extract can prevent the growth of cervical cancer cells.
Apart from that, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties that protect the heart from damage and heart diseases. Livestrong suggests that a half a teaspoon a day of cinnamon could be enough to help lowering blood pressure.
These new findings have increased the market value of the spice which is obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods.
Now you can have a glance at its other astounding benefits which made it the second most popular spice, next to black pepper, in the United States and Europe.
- Helps control diabetes: Study reveals that antioxidant-rich cinnamon extract helped reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease. In a study, 22 obese volunteers with pre-diabetes were selected. After diving the into two groups of 12 each, one group was given a placebo and the other a dose of dried water-soluble cinnamon extract twice a day. At the beginning of the study, fasting blood samples were collected. After six and 12 weeks, study finds out that the cinnamon extract improved antioxidant status, and helped reduce blood sugar levels.
- Helps Fight Bacterial and Fungal Infections: Cinnamaldehyde, the main active component of cinnamon, inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella. Cinnamon oil has been shown to effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. Its antimicrobial effects may also help prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath.
- Helps lose weight : Cinnamon helps circulate and increase blood circulation Increased blood flow generally boosts metabolism which is why it may be helpful in weight loss. This blood thinning property of Cinnamon also helps it in acting as an anti clotting agent especially for those suffering from heart disease.
- Helps treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s symptoms: Adding cinnamon to a regular regime, according to studies, took an enormous part in treating neurological problem like that of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Study finds that orally administered Cinnamon extract has had good success in correcting Cognitive Impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease in Animal Models. Latest findings indicate that two compounds found in cinnamon , cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin ,may be effective in fighting Alzheimer’s.