Library of Nature: Cinnamon
Known since antiquity, Cinnamon is undoubtedly one of the most known spices used in culinary for its enchanting aroma and traditional medicine for its countless health virtues. Loved by all, Cinnamon is almost always available in every home, in sticks or powder form, and is used in various dishes or taken as an infusion, especially in winters. There may still be many surprising properties of Cinnamon, to say the least, which you are not aware of.
Let's discuss further the virtues of this miraculous herb!
Properties and Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Traditional Chinese medicine has already been using Cinnamon for centuries. Its virtues were acknowledged and spread to the rest of the world later, but it is still mostly known as a seasoning herb for its distinctive scent. Below are its medicinal properties that may surprise you:
Stimulates the Immune System
Cinnamon is known for its antiviral and antimicrobial properties that stimulate the immune system and fight against winter infections. It will help you get rid of the first chills and the first signs of colds and flu. It is also known to have properties that maintain blood sugar.
Cinnamon stimulates gastric secretions and is considered a good remedy against stomach aches and issues such as indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. It also helps to reduce bloating problems.Its digestive properties are widely recognized.It also contains magnesium, iron and dietary fiber promoting intestinal transit.
Stimulates the Nervous System
Cinnamon also contains aphrodisiac properties that act on the nervous system and help protect against certain degenerative diseases. Evidence shows that the intake of Cinnamon increases sodium benzoate in the brain, facilitating neurons' production and repairing the nervous system.
Rich in calcium and manganese, it is particularly warming and excites the erogenous zones by stimulating the secretion of hormones. You can consume it as an infusion or in the form of supplements to benefit from it.
Maintains Blood Sugar Level
According to studies, Cinnamon contains elements that balance blood sugar levels, stimulate insulin, and thus play a role in preventing and improving diabetes. Evidence suggests that it has an anti-hyperglycemic effect that helps in the diabetic state.It also helps to counter fatigue by moderating blood sugar levels, thus preventing slumps throughout the day.
It is a Powerful Antioxidant
It has powerful antioxidant properties as it is rich in tannins (e.g., proanthocyanidin) that limit the process of free radical formation and limit the acceleration of cell aging, the development of malignant cells, and can also fight against certain cardiovascular diseases.
Combination with Other Herbs Doubles its Benefits
Its combination with other herbs, such as Ginseng and Maca, can help to improve memory, lack of motivation, concentration, and alertness and reduce the symptoms of overwork. When combined with turmeric, it can help regulate menstrual cycles.
Now that you know the surprising virtues of this extraordinary herb, do not hesitate to integrate it into your daily intake. You can consume it in the form of capsules or tinctures, or make its infusion in winters, to benefit from it.
Beji, Raja Serairi, SamehKhemir, WissemAidiWannes, KhaoulaAyari, and RiadhKsouri. "Antidiabetic, antihyperlipidemic and antioxidant influences of the spice cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicumon) in experimental rats." Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 54 (2018).