Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices in the world. It has been widely used since many centuries. There are two main varieties of this spice. The superior as well as expensive variety is Ceylon cinnamon from the Cinnamomum Zeylanicum plant native to Sri Lanka. The more common as well as cheap variety is Cassia cinnamon. Did you know that in ancient times this spice was considered more valuable than gold and was used as currency? Cinnamon was even mentioned in the Bible and employed in ancient Egypt for embalming corpses. Ceylon cinnamon is cultivated in Sri Lanka, Brazil, the Caribbean, Madagascar and India. Cassia cinnamon is grown in Indonesia, China as well as Vietnam.
We take a look at some of the health benefits of this spice.
- Effective against diabetes
The spice significantly decreases blood sugar levels as well as enhances insulin sensitivity. Cinnamon inhibits enzymes termed alanines which permit sugar to be absorbed into the bloodstream. It also lowers the quantity of sugars that comes to the blood post a high sugar meal.
- Excellent for cholesterol patients
Consumption of this spice has been found to significantly decrease levels of total body cholesterol, LDl as well as triglycerides. In fact, it even moderately enhances HDL levels in the body.
- Aids in weight loss
As the spice decreases blood sugar concentration as well as improves insulin sensitivity less sugar gets stored as fat. This definitely helps in weight loss. The spice also boosts the body’s metabolism resulting in burning of more fat, glucose and calories. The latter results in significant weight loss. It is recommended to sprinkle this spice on your dishes to help lose weight.
- Has anti-inflammatory characteristics
This spice is a rich source of antioxidants. The latter decreases the chances of heart disease, cancer, decline of the brain function among other benefits. As the food item decreases both swelling and inflammation it can be used for pain management of various kinds.
- May stave away Alzheimer’s disease
An extract present in cinnamon bark termed CEppt prevents the development of the disabling and neurodegenerative disease. The spice may not cure Alzheimer’s. However it can alleviate the symptoms as well as ease the disease associated impairment.
If you have experienced any other benefits of including this spice in your diet, please share them with us so that others may benefit.