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Herbs for Life | Cinnamon is much more than tasty

Published:Wednesday | May 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Outside of its mouthwatering flavour, Cinnamon has many medicinal properties. It is used as a laxative, for gas and sour stomach. It is also good for diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. It is also good for cold, sore throat and cough. Studies are now showing that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike. It has the effect of thinning the blood, thereby increasing blood circulation.

With its anti-infectious compounds, it is also good for ulcer. The anti-bacterial properties of cinnamon play a crucial role in getting rid of harmful bacteria without damaging your teeth. It has also been shown to reduce cytokines linked to arthritic pain.

Researchers are now looking into its use in cancer prevention as well as various neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor and meningitis.

Cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which studies show increases the hormone progesterone and decreases testosterone production in women, helping to balance hormones.