Health Benefits Of Cinnamon
The health benefits of cinnamon have been known to Egyptians, Romans and Chinese for more than 5,000 years. In ancient days, some people even thought spices were more valuable than gold. It was first recorded in the Chinese botany book in about 2,700 BC, and the medicinal and edible features of cinnamon is also well recorded.
Cinnamon has great antibacterial and anticoagulating effects, and recent studies have shown that it have a lot of health benefits including controlling blood sugar, improving colon functionality, maintain heart health and strengthening brain ability. These benefits come from the three essential oils of its delicious bark. As one of these three elements, Cinnamaldehyde has been proved to be able to prevent blood clotting through the release of arachidonic acid and help prevent platelets agglomerate. It also has strong anti-inflammatory effects in human body.
Cinnamon appears to be an antibacterial food, and thus it is usually used as a type of food preservative. In fact, a recent scientific study shows that if we put two drops of cinnamon oil into some carrot soup, it can inhibit the growth of waxy bacillus for up to 60 days. Another study of health benefits has found that cinnamon has the ability to improve insulin response to type 2 diabetes. In animals’ experiments, cinnamon can greatly improve insulin activity and help absorb glucose. Animal studies also showed that even mice feeding using high fructose diets can help prevent insulin resistance.
Another interesting health benefit is that the smell of cinnamon can greatly improve the human feeling ability. According to a study about the smell of cinnamon, participants showed improvements in the aspects of recognition, attention, memory, and reading/writing speed. Another health benefit of cinnamon is that it contains a large amount of calcium and fiber which can help protect the intestine and heart, and it is also a good source of manganese.
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