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What are different health benefits of Cinnamon?

Cinnamon is a small tree that grows in India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Veitnam, Egypt and Indonesia. The name cinnamon is derived from a Greek word meaning sweet wood. It is derived from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon “sticks” or “quills” are rolls of dried bark, and can be grated into a powder or soaked in liquid. Cinnamon has anti-microbial and anti-clotting properties.

The benefit of cinnamon arises from the medicinal properties of its oil including its antispasmodic and antimicrobial nature.

– It lowers the LDL cholesterol ( the bad cholesterol ), total cholesterol, and triglycerides by eating half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily.
– It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
– It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
– When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
– Smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
– Reduces blood sugar levels and treating Type 2 Diabetes.
– It strengthens the cardiovascular system thereby shielding the body from heart related disorders.
– It is used to treat toothache and fight bad breath.
– Cinnamon also found to cure flu, influenza, sore throat and congestion.
a) Add a cinnamon stick to boiling water.
b) Let boil for 2 minutes.
c) Remove the cinnamon stick.
d) Use the cinnamon water for any herbal tea, such as green tea.
e) Drink this tea two times per day. If the cold persists for longer than 3 days, consult your doctor.

– It boosts the activity of the brain.
– Due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic and antiseptic properties, it is effective on external as well as internal infections.
– Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of Luke warm water and drink it. It destroys the germs of the bladder.
– Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomachache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.
– It treats diarrhea.
– It reduces arthritis pain.
– Cinnamon is taken to reduce the discomforts associated with mensuration cycles.
– Cinnamon tea is usually a combination of the finest cinnamon from Sri Lanka and Chinese black teas. Cinnamon tea is what many would consider to be “comfort tea”. It improves circulation, eases cold symptoms, relieves stomach upsets and menstrual aid.

NOTE: It is toxic only in large or excessive doses with side effects that may include changed breathing, stomach upset, diarrhea, sleepiness, depression or convulsions, red or bleeding gums and mouth ulcers.

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