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Cinnamon has been in used as a medicinal and culinary herb for centuries. The spice is obtained for the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum. There are mainly two types of Cinnamon which are popular, one is the “true Cinnamon” from the Cinnamon tree which is found in Sri Lanka while the other is “Cassia” which is cultivated in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. Due to its multiple benefits, naturally sweet taste and fragrant aroma, it is popularly used as a flavoring agent in the culinary world. Cinnamon has various medicinal properties which include lowering cholesterol, balancing blood sugar levels, treating digestive disorders such as diarrhea, flatulence and nausea. Cinnamon contains a substance called cinnamaldehyde which is the main source of the antifungal and antibacterial properties of the spice. It also has a high concentration of antioxidants which helps protect the body against the damage from free radicals and reduces inflammation, reducing the risk of various diseases. This combination of cinnamaldehyde, antioxidants and the high fiber content of cinnamon, gives the spice its incredible healing benefits.
Cinnamon has shown an ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.Cinnamon clear up urinary-tract infections.Cinnamon allow diabetics to use less insulin. Cinnamon relieve Colds and Flu and also used for treating toothaches. Half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily can significantly relieves arthritis pain. It is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Cinnamon leaf oil is also used as mosquito repellent.
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Which Cinnamon is better “true Cinnamon” or “Cassia”?It is accepted worldwide that “true Cinnamon” is better because it is rich in aroma.
Can Cinnamon help in weight loss?Yes, if Cinnamon is taken with natural honey, it can reduce weight.
High cholesterol can be the precursor to several cardiovascular problems. Adopting healthy eating habits and undergoing regular exercise can lower cholesterol naturally. Foods like garlic, oats, fatty fish, nuts, green tea, soy, red yeast rice, policosanol and plant sterols like sitostanol and beta-sitosterol can lower cholesterol.
Common cold is caused by a virus called rhinovirus that affects the nose. It can also involve the sinuses, bronchial tubes and ears. The common symptoms of a cold are runny nose, sore throat, hoarseness, feverishness and chilliness. A mild cold resolves in a day or two while a severe cold may take up to 2 weeks.
Swollen joints or inflamed joints result due to an inflammatory disease or injury to the affected joint. Joint inflammation swelling can be accompanied by other symptoms such as pain, stiffness, redness, tingling and loss of motion in the joint. Arthritis is one of the most common reasons of swollen joints.
Indigestion also called as dyspepsia is defined as pain or a sense of discomfort in the upper abdomen. Indigestion is caused when stomach acids break down the protective lining of the digestive system causing inflammation and irritation which in turn leads to symptoms of indigestion such as burping, bloating and nausea.
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