Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices in the world which is obtained by grinding the brown bark of the cinnamon tree (Cinnamonum verum).
He is mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt not only as a spice in drinks and medicine , but also as one of the ingredients that are used for embalming .
At this time cinnamon was very highly esteemed and considered even valuble than gold . Extract of it has many favorable effects on human health: balance blood sugar levels , prevent clothing of the blood , has anti-inflammatory , antimicrobial and antifungal properties and improves brain function .
Healing capabilities of cinnamon come from essential oils found in its bark : cinamaldehid , cinamil acetate , alcohol , cinamil etc. . Cinnamon is helpful for people who have type 2 diabetes – studies show that the ingredients that include cinnamon stimulate insulin receptors and inhibit an enzyme that inactivates insulin.
He also lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and prevent diabetic complications and cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes.
Besides the unique essential oils , cinnamon contains trace minerals such as manganese and a very good source of fiber , iron and calcium .
These compounds reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis and regulate stool in cases of diarrhea or constipation .
Properties of cinnamon :
– Lowers blood sugar with type 2 diabetes ;
– Maintain metabolic balance between glucose and insulin in the blood ;
– For the prevention of cardiovascular diseases ;
– For the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia ;
– To regulate the proper function of the digestive tract ;
– Shows anti-inflammatory , antimicrobial and antifungal properties .