By| Published: May 19th, 2016
A warming spice used in traditional medicine as well as savoury and sweet dishes, the health benefits of cinnamon are well known in Ayurveda. Apart from adding a characteristic flavour to the food that is added to, cinnamon is an excellent addition to a number of home remedies.
There are two types of cinnamon: Chinese and Ceylon that have similar flavour. However, the latter is slightly sweeter, more refined and more difficult to find in local markets.
- Treats muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhoea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Lowers blood sugar in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- Helps fight against bacterial and fungal infections
- Inhibits the development of Alzheimer’s disease
- Potentially effective against HIV
- Stops the destructive processes associated with multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Improves colon health and protects against heart disease
- Boosts brain activity
- Add ground cinnamon to curries to enhance their flavour
- Whole-wheat toast sprinkled with cinnamon and honey is a healthy breakfast
- Make a deliciously warming beverage by simmering cinnamon sticks with soymilk and honey
- Add ground cinnamon to black beans as a filling for nachos or burritos
People who are sensitive to cinnamon may be at an increased risk of liver damage. Cinnamon contains coumarin, a naturally occurring flavouring substance, which has been linked to liver damage.