Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka, Ancient Ceylon. Cinnamon-producing countries today are Indonesia, China, India, Java, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius, Burma, Malaysia, Brazil, Antilles, Guyana. However, the largest production in the world continues to be from Sri Lanka.
The branches from which cinnamon is made have a sweet, spicy flavor and wild notes. The optimal conditions for its growth foresee a warm climate, for this, it grows in the countries just mentioned.
We all know cinnamon for its use in the kitchen, but it has been used since ancient times for the high quantity and variety of benefits and health. Nevertheless, thanks to the technological development in the pharmaceutical field, its use was partly lost.
Cinnamon and its important benefits
Undoubtedly, one of the major benefits of cinnamon is given by the use in cases of patients with type 2 diabetes. In fact, cinnamon helps reduce blood glucose levels, thanks to its Cinnamtannina B-1 component; this benefit is intensified when we take cinnamon on an empty stomach or after meals.
Several studies have shown that this component is able to stimulate insulin receptors and to inhibit the enzyme in charge of deactivating them; this increases the ability of cells to use glucose.
Another of the great benefits of cinnamon on the body is evident indigestion. This food is rich in dietary fiber, calcium, and iron, components that attack bile salts and help eliminate them from the body; a great benefit, since the accumulation of salts or an incorrect elimination, can be harmful to the health of the colon.
As we saw in the previous paragraph, cinnamon gives benefits to the colon when it comes to eliminating bile salts. However, this is not the only benefit it gives to this organ, as it also helps in treating the irritable bowel. It also helps regulate intestinal transit and movement, whether it is used as an antispasmodic or to treat other disorders.
Nausea and vomit
This food can also help reduce or stop nausea and vomiting, which makes cinnamon ideal for pregnant women who decide to take it during pregnancy(especially in the first months of gestation, or when the symptoms occur more frequently).
Flu and cold
By adding a few grams of cinnamon to tea or chamomile, or directly preparing an infusion of cinnamon and ginger, you will get a powerful natural solution to colds, flu, and any respiratory problems.
This precious ingredient can help to lower fever, relieve cough and thus improve mood. But these are not its only properties since it also acts as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so you can eliminate these disorders in less time.
Several studies have shown how this food is an adjuvant in reducing cholesterol levels and, consequently, prevent heart problems and arteriosclerosis.
Several doctors have performed studies that have shown how useful cinnamon is in stimulating brain function, especially in older people. In these studies, patients who chewed cinnamon gum achieved better results in attention, recognition, memory and visual speed processes.
Another of the properties of cinnamon is its quality as an anticoagulant, which prevents the platelets from accumulating in our body in a quantity higher than normal.
This property makes it a great tonic for women during menstruation, to avoid or reduce the pain that occurs during this period of the month.
Vitamins and minerals
Cinnamon provides a large number of vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin B1, as well as a large number of minerals, such as iron, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium.
Thanks to this, even though it is not consumed in large quantities due to its strong flavor, this food provides us with a large number of vitamins and minerals essential for our body.
In conclusion, cinnamon brings a lot of benefits to our body, as seen previously. For this reason, despite the strong taste and although it may not have a pleasant taste, it is important to integrate it into our diet, in small doses.