6 Health Benefits Of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is not only aromatic but even a delicious spice. It has been famous for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Cinnamon is extracted from an inner bark of a tree and its spice is made from it. Cinnamon has been used as an ingredient throughout history.

Types of cinnamon.

Ceylon cinnamon is also known as “true” cinnamon.

Cassia cinnamon is a more common variety today and people generally refer to it as “cinnamon.”

It is loaded with powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols and can also be ranked as a superfood. These antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

Here are some benefits of cinnamon.

May fight against cancer:

A lot of studies have been conducted to study Cinnamon's potential use in cancer treatment and prevention.

The evidence is limited to test-tube and animal studies, which suggest that cinnamon extracts may protect against cancer. Cinnamon acts in fighting against cancer by reducing the growth of cancer cells and the formation of blood vessels in tumors and appears to be toxic to cancer cells, causing cell death.

A study in mice with colon cancer revealed that cinnamon is a potent activator of detoxifying enzymes in the colon, protecting against further cancer growth. These findings were supported by test-tube experiments, which showed that cinnamon activates protective antioxidant responses in human colon cells.

May decrease the risk of heart attack:

Cinnamon has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. People with type 2 diabetes can add cinnamon to their diet, and it has been shown to have beneficial effects on blood markers. It even reduces total cholesterol i.e. both bad cholesterol and triglycerides and the HDL cholesterol remains stable i.e. the good cholesterol. And thus all these benefits can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Support gut health:

Cinnamon has prebiotic properties and these bacteria may help to balance bacteria in your gut. It supports digestive health and even alleviates any digestive issues.

Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antifungal:

The smell and flavor of cinnamon are derived from the essential oils contained in the bark called cinnamaldehyde. It displays anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease:

Some studies suggested that cinnamon may help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. But more research is needed to confirm this.

Reducing the effects of high-fat meals:

Diet rich in antioxidants may be very helpful in reducing the body's negative response to eating high-fat meals.

Six people consumed dishes containing 14 grams of the spice blend. Blood tests showed that antioxidant activity increased by 13%, insulin response fell by 21%, and triglycerides fell by 31%.

These are some of the health benefits of cinnamon. If you want to know more about diet contact a dietitian.


Nutritionist & Diet Coach

1. Anita Sahu - Nutritionist & Diet Coach - Utopia Life Coach & DP's Cuisine Restaurant in Siliguri, West Bengal, India.