Now, we know that cinnamon works great as a food enhancer, but can it benefit your overall health, too? Learn more about this spice below.
1. Promotes Better Heart Health
The special compounds found in cinnamon are able to help reduce levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), the ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides, all while maintaining the high density lipoprotein (HDL), the ‘good’ cholesterol in the body.
2. Prevents Alzheimer’s
It’s recently discovered that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s. Cinnamon extract (CEppt) found in cinnamon bark contains properties that can inhibit the development of the illness.
3. Treats Type-2 Diabetes
While it’s true that there’s no cure for Type-2 diabetes (yet), cinnamon has proven to be an effective tool in managing this illness. It can reduce blood pressure and have a positive effect on blood markers for the diabetics.
4. Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties
Antioxidants in cinnamon have an anti-inflammatory effect, which may lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and others. Because of its ability to reduce swelling and inflammation, this sweet spice can be beneficial in pain management, helping to relieve muscle soreness, allergic reactions and other symptoms of pain.
5. Balances Hormones
Cinnamon has been proven effective for menstrual pain and infertility. It contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which increases the production of progesterone (hormone that plays important role in menstrual cycle and maintaining pregnancy) and decreases testosterone production in women.