Health Benefits and Side Effects of Cinnamon You Have to Know

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark which is harvested every two years from a variety of evergreen trees that are native to Sri Lanka and India. The bark which has been harvested is dried, outer bark is stripped away leaving the inner bark that is the main medical part of the herb; the tree has thick, reddish brown bark, small yellow flowers and its leathery leaves have a spicy smell.

Cinnamon is a name for perhaps a dozen species of trees and the commercial spice products that some of them produce; only a few of the trees are grown commercially for spice.

Related species are Saigon cinnamon and cinnamon cassia.

Cinnamon was highly prized among ancient nations; it was regarded as a gift fit for monarchs and even for a god. It’s also known as a sprinkled spice on toast and lattes, used in both sweet and savoury foods; but the extracts from the bark of the cinnamon tree have also been used traditionally as medicine throughout the world.

Cinnamon has a variety of benefits to the human body though some are unclear;

It’s the best remedy for stomach bug/ flu since it’s a powerful anti-bacterial

It reduces the uncomfortable feelings associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) since it’s a digestive especially the bloating; it does this by killing bacteria and healing infections in the gastrointestinal tract and enabling the gastric juices to work normally.

Some research has found that cinnamon cassia may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes, lower cholesterol thus weight loss since it thins the blood; it has been assumed that it will naturally increase blood circulation and increased blood flow boosts body’s metabolism.

Cinnamon is effective in inhibiting bacterial growth and this is why it’s widely used as a food preservative in hot Asian countries.

Research also shows that cinnamon oil is a promising solution in the treatment of tumours, gastric cancers and melanomas, another study found good results with leukaemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

Cinnamon also benefits the brain as it delays cognitive impairment, may be beneficial for Parkinson’s patients and curb food cravings by targeting a brain chemical involved in glucose and cholestrol.

Cinnamon usually has no side effects but heavy consumption of it may irritate the mouth and lips causing sores.

In some people, it can cause an allergic reaction and if applied to skin; it may cause redness and irritation, high consumption of cassia cinnamon maybe toxic particularly in people with liver problems.

Given lack of evidence about its safety, cinnamon as a treatment isn’t recommended for children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

It’s advised that if you take any medication regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using cinnamon supplements. They could interact with antibiotics, diabetes drugs, blood thinners, heart medicines among others.

Cinnamon is good for the human body because of its various benefits and I would advise that you try it out. 

References; Google, Wikipedia and WebMD

Article by;
Nabiryo Eva Alice Bazira,
UTAMU, student                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

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