FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT
Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 50 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.
Cinnamon helps to fight off illness
Cinnamon is a favorite household spice and has been used throughout the world for centuries.
Cinnamon is reported to have many desirable medicinal and soothing effects and is used frequently in medicine. The distinctive smell and flavor of cinnamon are due to the essential oils contained in the bark. The essential oil found in the cinnamon bark is called cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamaldehyde displays antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Cinnamon also contains large amounts of polyphenol antioxidants. Antioxidants can help protect the body from disease and are found in fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. The antioxidants in cinnamon have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects.
It is also high in manganese and contains small amounts of calcium and fiber.
Clinical research suggests that consumption of cinnamon is associated with a reduction in blood pressure.
Cinnamon also has a moderate effect in improving glycaemic control and management of type 2 diabetes.
Cinnamon bark oil is cited as the active part for treating flatulence and digestive imbalance. It is believed that the warmth of cinnamon increases blood flow and improves blood oxygen levels to help fight off illness.