Information on Cinnamon
Cinnamon has always been highly valued throughout the history of mankind, and it is still among the most popular spices in the world. In the times of ancient Egypt it was actually valued more than gold. It was used as a flavoring agent for numerous different types of beverages and foods and it was also used for embalming and various other medicinal purposes. Cinnamon was mentioned in The Bible as one of the finest spices and fragrances, and it was also appreciated as an incense tree. Back in those days it was also highly appreciated as perfume. Solomon also praises cinnamon as an incense tree in the love song dedicated to his beloved bride. Cinnamon was also used in the traditional Chinese medicine ever since the year of 2,700 B.C. Nowadays cinnamon can be purchased in the form of sticks or as powder. It may also be purchased in its supplemental form, as a liquid herbal tonic or in the form of capsules. The three most important active components contained in cinnamon which are responsible for most of its health benefits are cinnamyl alcohol, cinnamyl acetate and cinnamaldehyde. These components can be found in the bark of the cinnamon, and they are also contained in the cinnamon essential oil. When using cinnamon essential oil, one must be careful because it may trigger dermatitis in some cases.
Cinnamon can be incorporated into one’s diet in many different ways in order to obtain its numerous health benefits. It is known for its very potent astringent and antiseptic properties. It may come in very handy when it comes to preventing heart diseases and reducing the levels of blood pressure. The scent of cinnamon is very efficient in enhancing the functioning of the brain. Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, calcium, iron and dietary fiber, it improves the health of the colon, and it is an important ingredient of the warming therapy.
Cinnamon may come in very handy when it comes to reducing the levels of triglycerides, reducing the levels of sugar in the blood, decreasing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood and increasing the levels of good cholesterol in the blood as well. Cinnaldehyde is very efficient in improving the blood circulation, preventing the blood clogging and reducing the risk of stroke. Cinnamon also reduces the rate at which the stomach gets emptied. Cinnamon also has very powerful antimicrobial properties.