Cinnamon Benefits | Where Does Cinnamon Come From?
Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum. The bark contains compounds, which are responsible for many health promoting properties- including cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and cinnamate.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting, cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities.
Protects Heart Health:
Cinnamon can reduce some key risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
It lowers cholesterol levels, which protect the heart from blockages and the arteries from atherosclerosis.
Cinnamon is known to have an anti-diabetic effect. It helps lower blood sugar levels and also can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which is the vital hormone needed for keeping blood sugar levels balanced.
A study has showed consuming as little as 1 gram of cinnamon per day reduced blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in those suffering with type 2 diabetes. It also controls the sudden spike in blood sugar that we experience after a meal.
Treatment for Acne and Dry Skin:
Cinnamon can be used as a homemade treatment for acne and dry skin. The anti-microbial properties prevent the growth of acne causing bacteria. It tighten your pores and makes your skin smooth.
Antioxidant-rich cinnamon can also be used to make a scrub for rough skin along with honey to restore shine and softness.
Promotes Hair Growth:
Cinnamon can improve blood circulation in the scalp, strengthen hair roots and promote hair growth.
Take 2 tablespoons honey, 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder and sufficient olive oil to form a paste. Rub the paste on the scalp and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse the mixture off with a shampoo.
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Health and Beauty Benefits of Cinnamon