Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices, its uniquely warm and sweet flavour makes it a popular addition to both savoury and sweet dishes. But not everybody knows it is also a powerful healing herb, prized by the ancient Egyptians and many other cultures. It was so prized in the ancient world that it was seen somewhat like gold, being used as a currency, gifted to kings and even offered to the Gods. It was used for all sorts of medical issues, including digestive problems and fever.
Like many great-tasting spices, it has many health benefits. Scientists have discovered it has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It also aids digestion and appears to have a hormone-balancing effect in women.
It has been studied as a potential alternative treatment for diabetes and has been found to reduce blood sugar levels.
Some of the most interesting cinnamon research looks at its role in brain function. A review of 40 different scientific studies concluded that “Most studies reported that cinnamon might be useful for preventing and reducing cognitive function impairment.”. With a desperate need to find treatments for Alzheimer’s and dementia, many researchers are looking at substances like cinnamon to learn how they can improve brain function.
On top of all this, it is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. If we were to talk about all the medical conditions that are caused by oxidative stress and inflammation, we would be here all day! Many of the most serious medical threats to humanity come from these issues, and we believe that herbs like cinnamon can have a huge benefit.