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Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon best known as “sweet spice”, which is used both as a spice and medicine. The brown bark of the cinnamon tree is dried and available in the tubular form or as ground powder. Cinnamon is famous for its medicinal properties which help in curing various diseases.

Benefits of Cinnamon

  • Cinnamon has gained tremendous popularity in the treatment of diabetes type II, as it helps in controlling the sugar level in the body
  • It works as an anti-clotting agent and helps prevent unwanted clumping of blood platelets
  • Cinnamon has got antibacterial properties and helps in fighting bacterias which cause problems like stomach flu
  • It is very effective in weight loss as it increases body’s metabolism and the blood circulation
  • It is very helpful in preventing tooth decay as its anti – bacterial properties help in fighting the bacteria, therefore many of the toothpaste, mouthwash, and chewing gum contain cinnamon oil

Natural Sources of Cinnamon
Naturally cinnamon is obtained from the bark of the cinnamon tree, which is then dried and are available in the tubular form known as cinnamon sticks or in ground powdered. It is further used as a tea, oil, and spices.

When should you take Cinnamon
It is always advised to take Cinnamon after discussing with doctor or health care expert. It can be consumed in the form of powder, tea or oil in the morning. It is widely used in food preparations, therefore adding it in the form of spice can also provide sufficient Cinnamon to the body.

When should you avoid Cinnamon
Cinnamon has a very rare side effect, if taken is high quantity it may cause irritation in mouth and lips. Some people may develop an allergy towards Cinnamon, therefore it is always advised to consult the doctor. High intake of Cinnamon may also lead to lowering of blood sugar in the body and even has ill effects on the liver. Pregnant and breast feeding women are not advised to use Cinnamon.

Quantity of Cinnamon to be Taken
The quantity of Cinnamon can vary from 1 gram to 6 grams in an adult individual.One or two tablespoons of Cinnamon can be taken in the form of powder every day. Although, the dose may vary as after consulting with the doctor as it also depends on your medical condition.

Expert Tips/ Precautions:

  • High quantity of Cinnamon can be harmful to the body as it may be toxic and can cause irritation in the body
  • Always consult the doctor before taking Cinnamon, especially in case of an individual having problems  like diabetes, chronic liver diseases, etc