We may not know this, but several herbs and spices that we use in everyday cooking actually have excellent medicinal properties. For example, ginger is a decongestant and turmeric has anti-cancer properties. Likewise, cinnamon is one favorite spice that comes with a host of health benefits. Can you imagine an apple pie without cinnamon?
The reasons why some people recommend cinnamon capsules or tablets over the raw, ground form are twofold. For one, cinnamon capsules contain a much larger dose of cinnamon than food can offer. A typical cinnamon capsule contains 1 gram of ground cinnamon, which is more than what you would add to an entire pie. Second, spices are unprocessed plant derivatives, and if they don’t come from trusted sources, the impurities in them can do more harm than good. On the contrary, a capsule or a tablet is a medicinal product that adheres to your country’s medicine quality standards.
Health Benefits Of Cinnamon
1. Helps Manage Blood Sugar Levels
In people with diabetes type 2, insulin production is hampered as a result of which they have high blood sugar. Cinnamon, in several controlled trials, has demonstrated the ability to reduce blood sugar by 30 percent!1 Some studies show that the required daily dose is one gram of cinnamon, which is why a capsule makes more sense.2
2. Has An Antioxidant Effect
If you thought blueberries were superfoods, we wonder how you’ll feel about knowing that cinnamon has five times the antioxidants present in blueberries. Research even shows that cinnamon reduces the
3. Helps Promote Heart Health
In people with chronic metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus, other organs such as the kidneys, heart, and blood vessels often face the brunt. From clogged arteries to excess LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels in the blood stream leading to blocked heart valves, mismanagement of diabetes can have severe consequences. Cinnamon in adequate doses is shown to decrease the LDL cholesterol levels in the body by up to 25 percent from current values. Once the bad cholesterol is
4. Helps Prevent Brain Degeneration
Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating medical condition often associated with advancing age. Protein binding plays a role in the progression of the disease by causing nerve cell damage. Cinnamon extracts, in lab studies, have shown promise in eliminating these harmful protein deposits around the nerve cells, thus restoring some nerve function.6 Further studies are required to conclusively prove this, but it is safe to assume that cinnamon in adequate
5. Has Anti-Microbial Effects
As bacteria get more resistant to antibiotics, and viral diseases depend on immunity for a cure, we are looking to natural medicine for solutions to diseases of an epidemic scale. In this aspect, cinnamon plays a significant role. Extracts of cinnamon have excellent antibacterial and antiviral properties. They also help fight inflammation in the body.7This in itself is a good reason to use cinnamon capsules as immunity boosters. Furthermore, cinnamon capsules can also be crushed and used on skin afflictions such as boils and acne to help destroy the microbes and aid in faster healing.
We bet you’re never going to look at cinnamon bark the same way again! If you haven’t already, consider adding cinnamon capsules
|↑1, ↑5||Khan, Alam, Mahpara Safdar, Mohammad Muzaffar Ali Khan, Khan Nawaz Khattak, and Richard A. Anderson. “Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes.” Diabetes care 26, no. 12 (2003): 3215-3218.|
|↑2||Crawford, Paul. “Effectiveness of cinnamon for lowering hemoglobin A1C in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized, controlled trial.” The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 22, no. 5 (2009): 507-512.|
|↑3||Direct, James. The Cinnamon Book. James Direct, 2012.|
|↑4||Roussel, Anne-Marie, Isabelle Hininger, Rachida Benaraba, Tim N. Ziegenfuss, and Richard A. Anderson. “Antioxidant effects of a cinnamon extract in people with impaired fasting glucose that are overweight or obese.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition 28, no. 1 (2009): 16-21.|
|↑6||Frydman-Marom, Anat, Aviad Levin, Dorit Farfara, Tali Benromano, Roni Scherzer-Attali, Sivan Peled, Robert Vassar et al. “Orally administrated cinnamon extract reduces β-amyloid oligomerization and corrects cognitive impairment in alzheimer’s disease animal models.” PloS one 6, no. 1 (2011): e16564.|
|↑7||Nabavi, Seyed Fazel, Arianna Di Lorenzo, Morteza Izadi, Eduardo Sobarzo-Sánchez, Maria Daglia, and Seyed Mohammad Nabavi. “Antibacterial effects of cinnamon: From farm to food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.” Nutrients 7, no. 9 (2015): 7729-7748.|