Cinnamon, also called as daalchini in hindi a super spice has a sweet scent and flavor. Besides, it’s amazing sweetness, it has many health benefits that have been known for centuries for bringing health and healing. Here are ten potential health benefits of adding this “SWEET SPICE” to your diet routine.
1. Regulates Blood Sugar
Cinnamaldehyde component found in Cinnamon is effective in regulating blood sugar level and helps in reducing the risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease. You can cut down on your sugar intake by adding cinnamon to foods and recipes as it has a natural sweet taste. This will also help in lowering the glycemic load of your meal. Try these cinnamon recipes
2. Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Cinnamon controls the sharp rise in blood sugar level following the meal and improves the sensitivity of insulin. It also prevents tissue damage and inflammation caused by high level of blood sugar.
3. Promotes Healthy Heart
Adding Cinnamon to your fatty meals can control the bad effects of fat. Cinnamon controls the rise in triglycerides. Chronically high level of triglycerides can increase the risk of heart disease.
4. Improves Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Having antibacterial properties, cinnamon kills the bacteria that cause infections in GI tract and reduces the bloating feeling. It also helps in curing stomach ulcers to some extent. Cinnamon helps managing various symptoms associated with IBS.
5. Provides relief from Cold, Sore Throat and cough
Anti bacterial properties of Cinnamon helps in curbing cold, sore throat and cough. At the first sign of them, make yourself a cup of cinnamon tea and enjoy its benefits. It will increase blood flow and thus blood oxygen level to fight this illness.
6. Natural Food Preservative
This is one of the less-known benefits of cinnamon. Because of its anti-bacterial, antioxidant and disinfectant properties, cinnamon can be used as preservative in many food items without adding any artificial or chemical preservatives.
7. Fights off Free-Radicals
Its one of the top seven antioxidants in the world. The antioxidant property of cinnamon helps in reducing the formation of free radicals and also help to repair damages caused by excess of oxidation due to free radicals.
Cinnamon has been shown to be helpful in fighting common allergy symptoms by reducing inflammation and fighting histamine reactions in the body.
8. Helps in Weight Loss
Cinnamon increases blood circulation that in turns will boost the body metabolism and it may help in weight loss.
9. Lowers Bad Cholesterol
In some researches, it has been found that cinnamon bring about a statistically significant decrease in levels of total cholesterol, Triglycerides and bad cholesterol and an increase in good cholesterol levels.
10. Prevents Tooth decay and Gum Disease
Antibacterial properties of cinnamon protects teeth and gum from bacteria that could damage them and thus prevent bad breath, tooth decay and cavities. Essential oil from cinnamon can be used as a natural antibacterial mouthwash.