Cinnamon and How it Works For Your Health

As noted in our article on Cinnamon and Honey (found HERE), Cinnamon has long been well established as a cure-all for many ailments and diseases.  Those of us that have studied the facts and researched the benefits of natural medicine are well-aware that the pharmaceutical companies

The Pharmaceutical Mafia

The Pharmaceutical Mafia

have attempted to recreate what took Mother Nature tens of thousands of years to create, only so they could patent it and make outrageous profits at the expense of the public’s health.  Their efforts are dangerous to our health and fail regularly.  Statistics show that over 750,000 people die each year from the side effects of taking pharmaceutical drugs that have been rubber-stamped by the FDA.  What a joke.  Why anyone would wish to turn to artificially created substances that try and mimmic what Mother Nature has already given us is obvious considering all the politics and billions of dollars poured into high-priced ads and commercials, convincing us that we need to inject ourselves with their chemicals, they do garner a lot of attention.  But then, this article is not about the politics, but about the biological and scientific reasons why Cinnamon works so well.

A little background

cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon comes from an evergreen tree that is part of the Lauraceae family.  The trees and flowers have a distinctive oder, but the spice is harvested from the inner bark of the tree.  The variety of cinnamon that you are most likely to find in your grocery store is the cassia tree cinnamon, which is less expensive and more aromatic.  Cinnamon has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years for various cures, and we all know the statistics for longevity of the Chinese and Asians.

Chemical makeup*

“The primary constituents of the essential oil are 65% to 80% cinnamaldehyde and lesser percentages of other phenols and terpenes, including eugenol, trans-cinnamic acid, hydroxycinnamaldehyde, o-methoxycinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl alcohol and its acetate, limonene, alpha-terpineol, tannins, mucilage, oligomeric procyanidins, and trace amounts of coumarin.”

Some things of interest, is to note that hydroxycinnamaldehyde is a chemical compound that has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Limonene is a chemical found in the peels of citrus fruits and in other plants. It can be used to make medicine.  Studies have shown that Limonene may block cancer-forming chemicals and kill cancer cells in the laboratory. But more research is needed to know if this occurs in humans.

Clinical Studies*

“A randomized clinical trial studying various dosages of cassia cinnamon powder (1, 3, or 6 g/day) over 40 days found a statistically and clinically significant improvement in blood glucose control among patients with type 2 diabetes. A reduction in cardiovascular risk factor biomarkers was also observed. A second trial also found a significant reduction in fasting glucose levels at 3 g/day over 4 months, but no significant difference in the lipid profile.”

Also found in studies is that Limonene may block cancer-forming chemicals and kill cancer cells in the laboratory. But more research is needed to know if this occurs in humans.

Side effects

There are no known, with the exception of a nice taste in your mouth and a pleasant aroma.  But then this is typical of most that Mother Nature has to offer.

Conclusion

 

* Information obtained from drugs.com

T.G. Peranteau

Writer, journalist. engineer. Now owns an ISP that caters to a limited clientele and centers around privacy and shielding clients from the prying eyes of both governments and hackers.