Cinnamon has been used for millennia as a medicine in cultures worldwide, but only more recently has modern science provided the proof that this spice belongs not only in spice cabinets, but perhaps in medicine cabinets, as well.
In addition to being a delicious spice found in cuisines across the world, cinnamon possesses a number of beneficial and medicinal properties. There are two main varieties of cinnamon: Cassia and Ceylon. Cassia cinnamon is a cheaper variety more commonly found in super markets, but it is also higher in a compound known as coumarin, which is thought to be harmful in high quantities. Ceylon is lower in coumarin, and therefore is the best variety to look for, particularly when consuming higher amounts of cinnamon and using for medicinal purposes. Both varieties, however, confer benefits because of the presence of the compound known as, cinnamaldehyde. This oily substance is what gives cinnamon both its flavor and distinct smell.
Like all spices, cinnamon is allowed and even encouraged on our anti-fungal program, The Phase One Diet. Incorporating cinnamon into an anti-fungal regimen such as our Phase One Diet is an easy and delicious way to enjoy all the benefits associated with this incredible spice while simultaneously supporting the body with powerful nutrition. The following are 5 benefits associated with cinnamon.
1. Cinnamon is useful for maintaining healthy insulin levels.
This is good news for diabetics. Cinnamon consumption is associated with lowering blood-sugar levels and improving sensitivity to insulin. This has been demonstrated in multiple, human trials with cinnamon dosages ranging from a half to two teaspoons per day.
2. Cinnamon has tremendous heart-health benefits.
Like many other natural medicines, cinnamon consumption is associated with lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides while maintaining healthy levels of good cholesterol (HDL). There is some evidence that cinnamon may have a positive effect on blood pressure levels, as well.
3. Cinnamon has anti-cancer benefits.
Cinnamon has shown some in-vitro anti-cancer activity, inhibiting growth and even killing cancer cells.
4. Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory.
Inflammation is thought to be a key factor in many degenerative diseases. Cinnamon’s potent dose of antioxidants is thought to reduce the type of chronic-longterm inflammation that is associated with perpetuating disease.
5. Cinnamon is potently anti-fungal and kills yeast.
Perhaps most interesting to us here at Know the Cause, cinnamon exhibits powerful, anti-fungal capabilities. In clinical trials, cinnamon oil was even more potent than some
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