Cinnamon or Dalchini is used as a spice as well as an herb good for controlling diabetes, heart health and menstrual pain. It enhances uptake of glucose and in this way levels the sugar level in body. Its antioxidant properties lower bad cholesterol and the anti-spasmodic nature relieves menstrual pain. Also, its antibacterial properties make it a good medicine for treating acne.
Advantages of Cinnamon for different ailments
Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1&2)
Diabetic people should take Cinnamon powder in tea or coffee. They can also take Cinnamon powder on toast or in cereal. Cinnamon uptakes sugar intake by body. Also, it contains cinnamaldehyde that reduces the risk of diabetes by converting glucose to sorbitol.
Coronary artery disease
Arteries become narrow and hard due to deposition of plaque. Cinnamon reduces development of plaque in the arteries due to its antioxidant properties. Also, its anti-inflammatory property relaxes narrowed arteries by regulating blood pressure. A regular dose of Cinnamon is sufficient to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.
Cinnamon can relieve allergic symptoms when taken with honey. It can block the synthesis and release of pro-inflammatory mediators responsible for nasal allergy. Make a paste of Cinnamon powder and honey and take twice a day until relief is achieved.
Cinnamon has antimicrobial property due to presence of cinnamaldehyde and for this reason, its daily intake can reduce the risk of fungal infections considerably.
Irritable bowel syndrome
Some studies suggest that taking Cinnamon on regular basis could reduce the risk of irritable bowel syndrome. Boil 2 inches Cinnamon stick in 1.5 cups of water and drink it twice a day to control the bowel syndrome. You can add lemon to it for flavor.
Taking Cinnamon drink during menstrual cycle will reduce pain and suffering as it has anti-spasmodic properties and it reduces inflammation as well.
Precautions with Cinnamon
Cinnamon is hot by nature hence could lead to bleeding disorder during menstruation cycle when taken in large quantities. Also, it could start nasal bleeding. Hence it must be taken in small amounts. Another consideration with Cinnamon stick is it could reduce platelet counts.
How to take Cinnamon?
Cinnamon is best taken in powder form but you should take 1-2 pinches of Cinnamon powder with tea, coffee or lemon powder. Or you can take Cinnamon capsules. Take 1-2 capsules after meals.