7. Treats Neurodegenerative Diseases
Cinnamon has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that reduce constant inflammation of the internal tissues of the brain, thereby protecting it from numerous neurological disorders.
Cinnamon’s powerful and natural ingredient also may curb or delay the onset of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors and meningitis.
8. Reduces Bad Cholesterol
Cinnamon can significantly reduce the level of triglycerides and LDL (“bad cholesterol”) in your blood, thereby lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease.
The active ingredient, methylhydroxychalcone polymers, present in cinnamon also can increase your cells’ ability to metabolize sugar by up to 20 times.
To help control your cholesterol level, just sprinkle a bit of cinnamon powder into your coffee or on your oatmeal once a day.
9. Treats Respiratory Infection
Cinnamon is believed to heal and provide relief from common colds and flus. To relieve a sore throat, add one to two teaspoons of ground cinnamon to a steaming hot cup of green tea or cider.
Add lemon juice to help combat a respiratory infection. If you have a common cold or cough, make a mixture of lukewarm honey and one-quarter teaspoon of cinnamon and drink it twice daily, after breakfast and before bed.
10. Reduces Arthritis Pain
Cinnamon has been shown in studies to reduce cytokines linked to arthritic pain. Patients given one-half teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week, and could walk without pain within one month.
Although cinnamon is very beneficial to your health, don’t overdo it thinking you’ll get more benefits by consuming large doses at a time.
In fact, large quantities of cinnamon may be poisonous and damage your liver. Nursing and pregnant mothers should also be cautious when consuming cinnamon.