Cinnamon: Health Benefits, Uses And Nutrition Information

Cinnamon
Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one power-packed spices generally found in kitchen. Since ages, this aromatic spice is being used to make food taste better and add various flavours to it. Obtained from the bark of the trees from cinnamomum family. The aroma, flavor, and color of these round stick like spice comes from the essential oils present in this oily part tree. It is of two types: Cassia and Ceylon. The one which is easily founded across the world and available at grocery stores is Cassia, and the Ceylon grows mainly in Sri Lanka.

This single spice has many properties that make it a must-have in your kitchen- anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, immunity-boosting, anti-microbial, and heart disease-protecting, and cancer preventing abilities. The aromatic spice has fiber, iron, calcium, and manganese, and is generally used to give aroma and flavor to the dishes across the world. But, now it is being used to add flavor to sweet dishes, snacks, cereals, rolls, toast, soups and even people intake it by sprinkling it over tea or coffee for the many health benefits it provides.

 

Proven health benefits of Cinnamon

  1. Cinnamon is rich in protective antioxidants like phenolic acid, polyphenols, and flavonoids that help to lessen the free radical damage, slow down the ageing process, and fight oxidative stress which leads to disease formation. The variety of antioxidants in the spice helps to reduce swarm of signs and diseases due to they act as a free radical scavengers.

2. Daily consumption of it can help to treat type-2 diabetes. Few studies have proved that cinnamon helps to improve the sensitivity of insulin hormone and blood sugar level due to its anti-diabetic effect. Cinnamon blocks the secretion of enzymes that allow sugar to absorb into the blood.

3. The antioxidants present in cinnamon also have anti-inflammatory properties which help to prevent the heart diseases or say that it lowers the risk of heart disease, brain function decline, and many other diseases. Also, the anti-inflammatory effect of cinnamon helps in pain management, lowers swelling, relieve muscle soreness, and skin inflammation.

4. Cinnamon can also be used as an instant natural mouth fresher. Studies have proved that extract in cinnamon is protective against bacteria that cause oral health problems like tooth decay, bad breath, pain, and more due to its anti-bacterial property. The cinnamon essential oil can be used as a natural mouthwash.

5. The anti-fungal property in cinnamon helps to prevent and cure candida overgrowth in the digestive tract. It boosts the immune health and fights inflammation in digestive tract caused by the growth of candida.

6. Cinnamon is that one spice which has many benefits in beauty too. It protects skin from rashes, irritation, allergies, swelling, redness, bacteria formation and much more. In simple words, cinnamon helps to boosts the skin health and can help you to attain clear skin without investing much in spa and salon treatments.

7. Another health benefit of it is that it reduces the generation of leukemia and lymphoma which are known as cancer cells. It was proven in some research at the American Department of Agriculture. Also, the calcium and fiber blend in the aromatic spice helps to remove bile and prevent colon cancer.

Uses of Cinnamon

  1. Cinnamon can be used as a natural sweetener in desserts and other recipes. Adding this spice can help you to reduce the amount of sugar used in the recipes which automatically reduce the sugar intake.

2. It can also be used as a natural food preservative because it has anti-bacterial properties and antioxidants.

3. It can also be used in beauty treatments and to treat some sort of diseases like diabetes, inflammation, oral infection, and more.

4. Cinnamon is used in traditional Chinese and Ayurveda medicines to treat common cold and oxidant stress conditions.

5. The essential oil of cinnamon is used in dentistry as an antiseptic and local anesthetic.

Nutritional Fact

It is recommended that one should not consume cinnamon more than 1 to 2 teaspoon. 100 grams of cinnamon contains-

 

Cinnamon Nutrition Facts Amount: 1 cup
Total Weight: 125 g

Nutrients Amount
Basic Components  
Protein 5 g
Water 13.3 g
Ash 4.5 g
Phytosterols 32 mg
Calories
Total Calories 308
Calories From Carbohydrate 287
Calories From Fat 13
Calories From Protein 9.1
   
Carbohydrates  
Total Carbohydrates 101 g
Dietary Fiber 66 g
Sugar 2.7 g
   
Fats & Fatty Acids  
Total Fat 1.5 g
Saturated Fat 431 mg
Monounsaturated Fat 307 mg
Polyunsaturated Fat 85 mg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 14 mg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 55 mg
Vitamins  
Vitamin A 368 IU
Vitamin C 4.7 mg
Vitamin E 2.9 mg
Vitamin K 39 mcg
Thiamin 27 mcg
Riboflavin 51 mcg
Niacin 1.7 mg
Vitamin B6 197 mcg
Folate 7.5 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 447 mcg
Choline 13.8 mg
Betaine 4.9 mg
Minerals  
Calcium 1.3 g
Iron 10 mg
Magnesium 75 mg
Phosphorus 80 mg
Potassium 538 mg
Sodium 12 mg
Zinc 2.3 mg
Copper 423 mcg
Manganese 22 mg
Selenium 3.9 mcg

 

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