We all know cinnamon, right? The sweet warming spice on top of rice puddings, morning cereals, fruit cocktails and other flavoury foods. Cinnamon is a well known spice used all around the world. But maybe less known are its health benefits and good effects over memory, digestion and its remarkable antibacterial action.
Cinnamon is originated in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and countries in South-Eastern Asia, and it is derived from the bark of Cinnamomum tree. In ancient times it was used to preserve the freshness of foods, in religious rituals, as offering and as an expensive gift, being a symbol of spirituality, power and protection. Middle age documents state that in Europe, cinnamon was 15 times more expensive than silver. But not to forget that during times of great plague epidemies, it was one of the main ingredients used in the famous Four Thieves remedy, together with clove, rosemary and lemon.
Aids brain health and stimulates memory
Recent studies reveal that cinnamon bark has not only antibacterial and warming properties, but also plays an important role in preserving the good health of the brain. The consumption of cinnamon increases certain chemicals in the brain, named neurotrophic factors, that stimulate the birth of new neurons and preserve the good functioning state of the existing ones, preventing brain degenerative diseases like Parkinson and Alzheimer.
Other studies show that cinnamon intake increases the brain’s ability to store and relate information, improves neurons flexibility and plasticity and helps memory functions.
Because of its incredible nootropic, and neuro protective properties, we've included Cinnamon Bark in our natural brain boosting supplement FOCUS.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious
In traditional oriental medicines like Ayurveda and TCM it is considered a warming herb, that stimulates energy and blood circulation and dispels the cold stuck in the body meridians, especially due to exposure to cold and humid environments. So a hot cinnamon tea after a long day of skiing might be just the right thing.
Combined with other warming natural remedies such as ginger, clove or pepper it is used for treating colds, cough, flues, but also to relieve articulary pain and fight against phlegm accumulation. It has a strong antibacterial and antiviral effect, and helps remove the toxic compounds out of the body. It is used in cases of food intoxication, digestive issues, bloating, disturbed gut flora, gingivitis and oral inflammations. Cinnamon essential oil can be used for air purification and in natural cleaning products.
Studies show that taking cinnamon over a period of 20 days has proven to reduce LDL cholesterol with 12 - 26%, glycemia with 18 - 29% and triglycerides with 23 - 30%. It lowers blood sugar, acting like an insulin substitute, by increasing glucose transport in the cells.
Cinnamon can also reduce sweets cravings and appetite and helps lose weight.
Cinnamon may not be used by pregnant women, as it can stimulate the uterine contractions. It can also create excessive warmness in the body and cause constipation by drying the bowel content.
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