While most notoriously associated today with sweet treats like Cinnabon and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, cinnamon has had a long medicinal history that can't be ignored. From being used in Egypt during the mummification process or later on in the Middle Ages as a preservative for food, the superpower qualities of cinnamon have been known to society for thousands of years [Authority Nutrition]. In fact, wars were waged when cinnamon used to be more rare & expensive than silver!
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Native to Sri Lanka and South India, Ceylon cinnamon spice originates from a small genus of aromatic evergreen trees belonging to the Laurel family called Cinnamomum [Nutri Inspector]. Traditionally it has been used as a medicinal plant, spice and flavoring agent with powerful antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral & antioxidant effects on the body due to the flavonoid called cinnamaldehyde. If an enormous part of treating disease is in symptom management, this can be boosted with the addition of cinnamon to your regular diet.
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From head to toe, cinnamaldehyde has been effective in treating bacterial and fungal infections, making it an excellent remedy for everything from bad breath, to chronic inflammation down to toe nail fungus! Research studies have shown cinnamon as an effective fighter against E-coli and Salmonella bacteria, making it perfect for disinfecting your kitchen naturally or for battling a stubborn flu bug internally [Cinnamon Vogue]. Cinnamon also contains poly phenol antioxidants which help to protect and reverse the damage caused by free radicals on the body.
In essence, cinnamon is a super food primarily because it helps treat systemic inflammation before the onset of illness. It works indirectly through the way the body processes sugars and fats, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides [Health Line]. Moreover, Cinnamon has been shown to improve glycemic status, increasing sensitivity to the hormone insulin and reducing resistance in the blood stream by improving glucose uptake by cells, making it key for metabolic processes and conditions like type 2 diabetes. And if that wasn't enough to start adding more cinnamon to your diet, cinnamon activates protective antioxidant responses in cells, preventing cancer cells from forming and reducing the growth of existing cancer cells.
Above all, it's important to choose the Ceylon variety of cinnamon instead of the more widely available Cassia variety, which contains toxic levels of a compound called coumarin that cause liver problems and complications with other drugs [Natural Health 365]. So how will you start incorporating cinnamon into your diet?
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