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The benefits and harms of Cinnamon

Useful and medicinal properties of cinnamon

Due to its composition cinnamon prevents the development of such terrible diseases, such as colon cancer. Fiber and calcium bind bile salts, after which these are harmful to the colon substances are excreted from the body.

Contained in cinnamon fibers are a great preventative tool to combat constipation and diarrhea.

 Equally important is the antioxidant and the antibacterial properties of cinnamon, extract of it is used as a component for the manufacture of cough and cold medicines. Well-known and good old "grandma's" recipe for colds honey with cinnamon.

Scientific studies show that this spice helps lower blood sugar, what is especially valuable for diabetics.

Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon can significantly affect the activity of insulin and the ability of the cells to absorb glucose.

Cinnamon helps reduce the blood levels of "bad" cholesterol. The habit to drink a Cup of tea with cinnamon before labor day can significantly reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Even those who have already suffered a heart attack, cinnamon can do a good service — will help to strengthen the heart muscle and reduce the risk of reinfarction.

Thanks to its antibacterial properties, cinnamon can be used for canning, particularly as a component for marinades. Well, in General, the cinnamon helps to extend the shelf life of products, in which it was added.



Cinnamon oil has the property to relieve skin irritation, so it is added to creams and ointments.

The scent of cinnamon has the ability to lift your mood, improve brain function and visual memory.


As with any other, even the most useful product, with the cinnamon, it is important not to overdo it. A half-teaspoon a day is unlikely for someone to be corrupt, but with a more serious dose of caution is needed:

In cinnamon contains a substance called coumarin (Ceylon cinnamon it quite a bit in Chinese is much more). This substance can cause headaches and lead to adverse effects on the liver if taking cinnamon in large quantities.

In some cases, the consumption of cinnamon in large amounts can cause increased nervous excitability. Sometimes the intake of cinnamon can increase headache in people with high temperature.

In the early stages of pregnancy with cinnamon, too, should be careful — in large quantities it can cause uterine contractions and even cause miscarriage.

Hypertensive patients are also recommended to use cinnamon with caution.

Don't overuse cinnamon and suffering from bleeding (both external and internal).

Cinnamon thins the blood, so it should be avoided by people with low clotting.

Individual intolerance to cinnamon.