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The Top 10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

 At a certain point in human history, cinnamon was even more valuable than gold. It’s one of the oldest-known spices, and can offer a whole range of benefits to human health. Here are the top 10 health benefits of cinnamon:
 
1. Control blood sugar levels
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Studies have shown that cinnamon has a special ability to help diabetics with insulin resistance to control their blood sugar levels. In fact, such people usually take cinnamon in the form of a tea or take it as a supplement.

2. Reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides

Cinnamon can indirectly lower cholesterol by having an impact on how the body processes sugar and fat. When cinnamon is consumed, it decreases the level of bad, or LDL, cholesterol in the body. Doing so also decreases triglycerides.

3. Prevent Alzheimer’s disease
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A cinnamon extract named CEppt has been shown to have a positive effect on the prevention of Alzheimer’s. This is believed to be down to two compounds contained in cinnamon, namely epicatechin and cinnameldeyde. Cinnamon also prevents the growth of filamentous tangles associated with Alzheimer’s.

4. Stop medication-resistant yeast infections

Yeast infections are troublesome things that can be really hard to get rid of. In fact, some of them are completely medication-resistant, making life a nightmare for a person that’s unlucky enough to get one. Cinnamon has the amazing ability to clear these infections due to its antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties.

5. Boost brain function
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Mental clarity and alertness can be boosted drastically through the consumption of cinnamon. Just smelling this spice’s wonderful odor has been shown to boost brain activity, enhancing cognitive function and improving brain functions related to virtual recognition memory, attention and working memory.

 


6. Protect against heart disease                          

Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, therefore it is ideal for protecting the human heart and surrounding arteries from infection and damage. Toxins, plaque and cholesterol can build up in the arteries, leading to cardiovascular disease and other heart problems. Cinnamon can alleviate the risks posed as a result of the build-up of these “nasties” inside the heart and arteries.

7. Improve blood circulation
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Blood circulation can be improved by consuming cinnamon, and this is because it contains a compound that can thin out the blood. Good blood circulation equals a good oxygen supply to the human body’s cells, thus leading to higher metabolic activity. Another positive effect is the reduction of heart attack risk.

8. Relieve pain

The anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon can help to alleviate muscle and joint stiffness. In fact, it is recommended for athletes and those who suffer from arthritis. It’s also good at abolishing headaches brought on by colds.

 

9. Prevent development of cancer
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Cancer cells can be prevented from growing by adding cinnamon to a regular diet. It has been shown to be particularly effective at reducing leukemia and lymphoma cell growth.

10. Natural form of birth control

Regular cinnamon consumption after childbirth is an excellent, natural option for birth control. This is because cinnamon can delay menstruation and help to avoid conception.

 

Content Source: Vkool

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