Cinnamon is Loaded With Antioxidants
These protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
These properties may help lower your risk of disease.
May Protect Against Heart Disease
May help reduce heart disease by lowering the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while keeping the “good” HDL cholesterol stable.
Improve Sensitivity to the Hormone Insulin
Studies have shown that cinnamon may help increase the sensitivity of hormone insulin, by reducing insulin resistance.
Lowers Blood Sugar Levels and Has a Powerful Anti-Diabetic Effect
Several human studies have confirmed the anti-diabetic effects of cinnamon, showing that it can lower fasting blood sugar levels. There is also a compound in cinnamon that can act on cells by mimicking insulin. By also interfering with numerous digestive enzymes, carbohydrates in your digestive tract are broken down slowly, which starts by the glucose entering your bloodstream.
May Have Beneficial Effects on Neurodegenerative Diseases
Cinnamon has been shown to lead to various improvements for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in animal studies, though it needs to be mentioned that human research is lacking.
May Protect Against Cancer
Much study has been conducted on cinnamon being a potential use in cancer prevention and treatment. Though the studies have only been limited to test-tube and animal studies. The results do yield that the substance reduces the growth of cancer cells and the formation of blood vessels in tumors. This results in the toxic attack to cancer cells, causing cell death.
A study in mice has concluded that cinnamon is a potent activator of detoxifying enzymes in the colon, protecting against further cancer growth.
Some findings supported by test-tube experiments, showed that cinnamon activates protective antioxidant responses in human colon cells.
It is the animal and test-tube studies that show cinnamon as a protective agent against cancer.
May Help Fight Bacterial and Fungal Infections
Cinnamaldehyde is a main active component of cinnamon and may help fight various infections. This component has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which may reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath.
May Help Fight HIV Virus
HIV is known to slowly break down the immune system which can lead to aids. Cassia, which is extracted from cinnamon, is thought to help fight against HIV-1. This is the most common strain of the HIV virus in humans.
A laboratory study looking at HIV-infected cells discovered that cinnamon was the most effective treatment of the 69 medicinal plants studied.