Health Benefits Of Cinnamon

Published 5/16/13

Cinnamon Benefits

Cinnamon, a common spice coming from the bark of cinnamon trees, boasts an extensive list of benefits that it has to offer. Cinnamon has been used as a traditional medical product for centuries and when consumed on a daily basis it can be extremely beneficial. Some studies concluded that at least ninety consecutive days of cinnamon was required before the benefits began to appear.

When consuming the recommended daily amount of cinnamon (1-6 grams a day) the benefits of cinnamon can include reducing the severity of viruses, reducing the severity of indigestion and heart burn, helping manage blood sugar levels after consuming a high carbohydrate meal by slowing the gastric emptying rate, fighting inflammation by slowing the release of arachidonic acid from cell membranes, and reducing the risk of heart disease as well as aiding colon function.

Good Source Of Calcium And Fiber

Cinnamon has an excellent combination of calcium and fiber. When they bind together they help remove bile salts from the body. These bile salts can have a devastating effect on the colon. Additionally, the body must breakdown cholesterol to generate new bile salts to replace the lost bile salts. These two actions help improve colon health and reduce cholesterol levels, which results in lowering the risk of heart disease.  

Cinnamon Warnings

It is very important to not consume more cinnamon than the recommended daily amount. Cinnamon can be very beneficial but over consumption of the spice can be toxic and deadly. One of cinnamon’s greatest benefits, its anticoagulant characteristic, is also one of its greatest risks. Consuming high levels of cinnamon can drastically lower the blood-clotting platelet levels, which can result in uncontrollable bleeding. 

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