In this country when you hear Cinnamon most people think of cinnamon rolls or the delicious spice in apple pie filling, but in other parts of the world, especially India and Asia, this ancient spice has been used as a healing herb for centuries. Research studies have linked cinnamon consumption to lowered blood sugar, improvement in insulin sensitivity, as well as improved cholesterol levels. Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. It can also be used to treat the common cold, tooth aches, and bad breath, as well as headaches, migraine, and arthritis pain.
Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., PhD, and Dr. Oz agree that cinnamon helps to detoxify the system and stimulate brain function. The antiseptic properties of cinnamon give it the ability to fight bladder infection. If taken in the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, a cup of strong cinnamon tea might just nip a bladder infection in the bud. Keep in mind that mixed study results make it hard to prove these benefits on paper – but it doesn’t hurt to sprinkle a teaspoon into your bowl of oatmeal, or mix it into your hot cup of green tea or coffee. Yum.
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