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Cinnamon: A Spice That Helps The Digestive System



Cinnamon is a spice with a pleasant flavor and warm smell. It is a favorite household spice, particularly in baking ad curries.  This well-known aromatic spice is obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. For thousands of years, it has been used in traditional medicine around the world.


One of the most important active ingredients in cinnamon is cinnamaldehyde. It’s used in flavorings and fragrances. Many of the fantastic properties of this spice come from this substance (1).



Cinnamon And Digestive Health


For many years, cinnamon is used to alleviate gastrointestinal problems. It is renowned for its digestive, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties (2).


Different antioxidants are also present in this favorite household spice and these include cinnamaldehyde, eugenol and camphor. These antioxidants may help ease digestion and reduce the risk of irritation in our digestive tract (3). In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, researchers found that cinnamon is the clear winner, outranking “superfoods” like garlic and oregano (4).


Regular consumption of cinnamon has a stimulating effect on gastric juices and stomach acids. Due to this, digestion becomes more efficient and effective, thereby leading to a lowered risk of constipation, gas bloating, cramping, and stomach upset (5).


A pilot study involving 31 people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) revealed that a cinnamon-containing remedy designed for constipation-predominant IBS (IBS-C) may help increase bowel movement by 20% and reduce straining, bloating ad abdominal pain. Experts believe that cinnamon may help in promoting intestinal motility or have a mild laxative effect (6).


To reap the benefits of cinnamon, we can have cinnamon tea.


Boil water (about 8 oz) and simply add 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Allow the cinnamon to steep for 8-10 minutes. Some honey can be added. Have this tea two to three times daily.



Other Known Benefits of Cinnamon


  1. May help in managing symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
  2. It May help lower LDL cholesterol
  3. Has antimicrobial properties
  4. Has anti-inflammatory properties
  5. Can help manage Polycystic ovarian syndrome  (PCOS)
  6. May help manage symptoms Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  7. Possess high concentration of antioxidants can help protect the body from damage from free radicals and reduce inflammation


Sources:


  1. https://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon
  2. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-cinnamon
  3. https://www.hellodoctor.co.za/home-remedies-for-an-upset-stomach/
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16190627/
  5. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/cinnamon-tea.html
  6. https://www.verywellfit.com/cinnamon-for-health-89013


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