The benefits of cinnamon for your health

Cinnamon is a delicious spice that serves a number of purposes outside of the kitchen. In fact, this sweet-smelling ingredient has been used for centuries as a natural medicine. According to  The World’s Healthiest Foods, cinnamon was such a commodity in early Egypt and China that it was considered more valuable than gold! 
Some research-backed findings indicate that cinnamon can help with some ailments. Although, as reported in Cinnamon Vogue, the FDA has not approved cinnamon as a cure for any medical condition, cinnamon does have properties that might be helpful. Cinnamon Vogue offers the following health benefits of using cinnamon.
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Blood Sugar Control
Cinnamon has properties that alleviate issues associated with insulin intolerance. According to a study conducted by the USDA, components of cinnamon caused an elevated insulin sensitivity and glucose transport, which might prove beneficial for an individual suffering from type 2 diabetes. 
Stomach Issues
The antibacterial properties of cinnamon make it an excellent treatment for stomach-related problems such as stomach flu, E. coli, Salmonella and even irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Studies have indicated that drinking up to three glasses of cinnamon tea per day can help with bloating and stomach cramps. 
Arthritis
There are some indications that components of cinnamon may provide relief for arthritis patients. Some people report that cinnamon tea relieves the aches and pains of arthritis, while others say that a cinnamon oil massage does the trick. Cinnamon has high levels of manganese, which may help with bone health and arthritis symptoms, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center
Alzheimer’s Disease
Reports indicate that two compounds found in cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin, may be helpful in repairing cognitive ability and slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s symptoms. 
Cancer
While cinnamon is not proven to be a cure for cancer, research does indicate that its compounds might act as a preventative. Because research suggests that sugar may play a role in cancer development, cinnamon’s ability to control glucose levels could be beneficial in reducing cancer risk. 
Tooth Decay
Have you noticed that cinnamon oil is a common ingredient in chewing gum and mouthwash? The reason is that the antibacterial agents help fight tooth decay and gum disease. 
Toenail Fungus
Cinnamon leaf oil is considered an active agent for combating toenail fungus. Cinnamon has antifungal properties that can also help with athlete’s foot if you apply the oil directly to the infected area. 
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While there is no proof that cinnamon can cure an illness, it may be beneficial in some cases. Always consult your physician before using any herbal supplement. 

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