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Cinnamon is an extract that is taken from the bark from different types of cinnamomum trees. There different types of cinnamon trees and each of them are used to produce this spice. Cinnamon is often used to heal people of many different ailments.
What are the benefits of Cinnamon?
Cinnamon has a variety of health benefits.
- Cinnamon controls blood sugar.
- May be used to control candida yeast infection.
- Cinnamon can also be used to treat flu symptoms.
- People with irritable bowels can use cinnamon to help find relief.
- May help to improve liver function.
What is Cinnamon?
Cinnamon is made available in numerous forms. In North and South America, most products with or based around cinnamon will be in the form of cinnamomum verum, or Ceylon cinnamon. In other parts of the world, cinnamon may also come in the form of cinnamomum aromaticum, or Chinese or cassia cinnamon. Often times, when you buy cinnamon spice from a grocery store it will feature a mixture of the two forms of cinnamon. To date, studies have determined that blood sugar levels may be controlled through the consumption of cinnamon.
Cinnamon is derived from tree bark in strips. Once the strips have been harvested from trees the substance is ground up into a powder form where it can be used as a spice or for medical purposes. Scientists can create cinnamon in a laboratory. Cinnamyl formate (or formic acid) is artificial cinnamon and it is sometimes used for cinnamon based medicinal products. Cinnamyl acetate and cinnamyl alcohol are derived from cinnamon and is often used to correct problems with a person's health.
Ceylon cinnamon is known as “true cinnamon” and it is often used for medicinal purposes. Cassia cinnamon is the most common variety that is often used commercially. Again, cinnamaldehyde is the ingredient within this substance that provides the most medical benefit.
What is Cinnamon used for?
There are numerous medical issues that may be treated with cassia cinnamon. Clinical research does indicate that likely the best option if you are suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes and looking to lower your blood sugar levels.
While cinnamon may be used for diabetes, it is also known to be effective for treating flatulence, the common cold, spasms to the stomach or muscles, and for preventing appetite loss, nausea, and vomiting.
Cinnamon is sometimes used for the treatment of hernias, menstruation complications, erectile dysfunction (ED), joint conditions, and symptoms of menopause. It may also be used effectively for the purpose of alleviating pain in the chest, general cramps, to regulate blood pressure levels, treat disorders affecting the kidneys, and to serve as a purifier for the blood.
It may also be applied as suntan lotion, used as nasal spray, toothpaste, or mouthwash, and topically applied to the skin in liquid or lotion form. When applied to the skin, it is primarily used as a form of counter-irritant and causes irritation (swelling and discomfort) to one area so that the irritation in another area is not as severely noticeable.
Cinnamon is a potent healing agent. In the past people understood that cinnamon was effective for healing a lot of conditions. Type 2 diabetes is one type of medical condition that can help to be managed with the use of cinnamon.
How does Cinnamon work?
Cinnamaldehyde is a chemical that is found in cassia cinnamon and it is known for its’ ability to fight both fungi and bacteria.
Who should use Cinnamon?
People that have an allergic reaction to cinnamon should avoid this substance. This amount of cinnamon is commercially safe to be sold but it should be used with the guidance of a doctor.
It can be said that cinnamon is most likely safe to use when consumed through medicinal dosing and dietary intake.
However, there is a chance that it is not safe if taken in higher doses or for extended periods of time. Excessive intake of cinnamon for long durations could lead to certain side effects, but this varies depending on the individual. There is a lot of the coumarin chemical found in cassia cinnamon and anyone with a sensitivity to this chemical could develop liver disease or cause it to worsen over time. There are no conclusive findings on this subject.
When used as a topical treatment, cinnamon may lead to irritation and can cause allergic reactions that will become noticeable on the skin.
How to take Cinnamon?
Take one to four tablets daily with food.
Studies have been conducted where people use between 1 gram and 6 gram of cinnamon. People are strongly advised not to use prolonged high doses of cinnamon since this substance can be toxic to a person's system. Cinnamon does not necessarily have any side effects but taking large amounts of this substance can irritate a person's mouth and lips.
Pregnancy and nursing: There is not sufficient information available at this time on the effects that cassia cinnamon can have for those that are currently pregnant or nursing. To be safe, it is best to avoid supplementing your diet with cassia cinnamon during this time.
Diabetes: It is known that blood sugar levels may change as a result of cassia cinnamon intake. As a result, you will need to keep a close eye on your blood sugar levels and pay attention to any risk of hypoglycaemia. This is especially true if you are diabetic and intend on taking in more cassia cinnamon than you would get through a healthy balanced diet.
Liver disease: There are certain chemicals that are found in cassia cinnamon which are known to potentially cause damage to the liver. Anyone with liver disease or medication that can cause damage to the liver should avoid using cassia cinnamon in large amounts – preferably keeping to any amount that is less than what you would naturally find in food.
Surgery: Due to the risk of blood sugar levels changing from cassia cinnamon supplementation, blood sugar regulation during and post-surgery may be affected. You should avoid supplementing with cassia cinnamon for the two weeks leading up to your scheduled surgery.
What studies have been conducted on Cinnamon?
A lot of medical research has been conducted by various organisations over the years in regards to the effectiveness of cinnamon. Medical researchers have discovered that cinnamon effects the blood platelets by preventing them from sticking together. Other research has proven that cinnamon reduces the growth of bacteria and fungi but not in all situations. This substance is also found to be responsible for boosting brain function.
A test conducted by Dr. P. Zoladz and presented April 24, 2004, at the annual meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, in Sarasota, FL proved that cinnamon helped to improve a person's mental state once they inhaled this substance. He gave test subjects cinnamon flavored chewing gum and then measured their brain activities and mental capacities after they began to chew the gum.
His research concluded that the patients were able to perform a variety of mental functions and tasks more efficiently, productively and with a greater level of intelligence.
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