Cinnamon is a small tree commonly found in South Asia and the Middle East region. There are several types of cinnamon, but the most popular are the Ceylon grown in Sri Lanka, and the Cassia that comes from China. While we usually find cinnamon in a large number of dishes, both sweet and salty, its possibilities go a little further, as this seasoning has highly anti-oxidant, antibacterial and fungicide properties. In addition, it adds vitamins such as manganese, iron and calcium and provides high doses of fiber.
What are the medicinal uses of cinnamon?
This aromatic species has many different uses known in natural medicine, and can be used to treat, for example:
For the digestive tract: Contains carminative, antivomitive and antiulcer properties. Stimulates good digestion, if consumed ¼ teaspoon before meals. It fights heartburn and lack of appetite.
For type 2 diabetes: Type 2 diabetes can have very negative consequences on our body and the properties and benefits of cinnamon on this disease have been extensively studied, since the results indicate that cinnamon may be especially beneficial in controlling levels Sugar and help activate insulin and transport glucose into the blood
For arthritis: Among other benefits of cinnamon are its anti-inflammatory properties. It relieves the pain and tension of muscles and joints, therefore, patients are advised to consume it.
For colds and congestions: Cinnamon tea is recommended for those with respiratory conditions. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties benefit during colds and nasal congestion. Adding a little ginger to tea can boost its effect.
Other benefits of cinnamon:
-Regulation of menstruation, relief of pain
-Migraines and headaches
-Improves memory and cognitive functions
Side effect of cinnamon:
It is advised to consume cinnamon from Ceylan, since it has lower level of coumarin. A substance that can cause problems in the liver.
Some people are sensitive to cinnamon as well as to toothpaste and can cause inflammation in the gums, tongue, lips.
Avoid cinnamon if you take blood-thinning medicines because it has a potentiating effect on the medicine, or if you have hypoglycaemia.