Cinnamon is well regarded because of its antioxidant properties. It also contains calcium, manganese, iron and dietary fiber. It is known to help prevent diabetes, improve heart health and brain function, fight off colon cancer and relieve arthritis among others.
Fight off diabetes
Cinnamon can help individuals who are affected by diabetes as it works to improve the natural insulin activity occurring in the body. It helps individuals metabolize sugar in a more efficient manner so that the body will be prompted to produce less insulin. Therefore, it is also effective in regulating blood sugar levels.
Prevent heart disease
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties which make them effective in protecting the heart against damage and infection, particularly in the arteries when they end up clogged by fatty foods. Cinnamon is also regarded for its ability to fight off bad cholesterol thereby preventing heart diseases.
Stimulate brain function
According to research studies; cinnamon also has a powerful effect in the brain function. It can help improve metal alertness. It has soothing properties as well that can calm the nerves.
Relieve common colds and flu
Cinnamon also contains effective properties in relieving the common cold and flu especially when it is combined with ginger. The mixture can help by stimulating circulation. Such ability is also helpful with arthritic pain and muscle aches.
Ginger health benefits
In addition to cinnamon, ginger also has plenty of medicinal qualities that can relieve certain health conditions. Ginger is known for its anti viral properties and can help with digestion and many others.
Aid in digestion
Help in treatment of GERD
Causes of GERD are varied. It has been linked to fatty or refined foods as well as coffee and alcohol. It is also associated with smoking, stress and overeating. A recent review of 2000 studies of GERD and obesity found that overweight people are 50% more likely to experience acid reflux than are those who are normal weight.
Treatment for acid reflux includes medications to reduce stomach acid followed by (if these are not effective) surgery. Unfortunately, long term suppression of stomach acid can lead to digestive problems and deficiency diseases. In addition, there is increased susceptibility to infection due to over growth of bacteria normally controlled by stomach acid. Headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain and fractures of the hip, spine, forearm and wrist as well as blurred vision and pneumonia are some other potential medication side effects. As a result, it makes sense to consider natural solutions, many of which are cost effective and well established in folk medicine with few if any side effects.
One of the most highly recommended acid reflux remedies is apple cider vinegar together with cinnamon and ginger. Sip a tablespoon of the unfiltered, unpasteurized variety in 8 ounces of water during meals. Why does this work? There are two theories. One is that many people actually have insufficient stomach acid. In this case, the LES "lower esophageal sphincter" (which is pH sensitive) may open when it shouldn't allow stomach acid up into the esophagus. Acidity in the mix communicates to the LES to stay shut keeping stomach acid where it belongs. An alternative theory is that the vinegar dilutes stomach acid somewhat (since it is less acidic), mitigating reflux symptoms but not enough to impair digestion.
Among the many issues that pregnant women go through is nausea. Ginger is known to help bring relief to this uncomfortable condition.
Ginger neutralizes the stomach acids by promoting the secretion of various digestive enzymes. The phenols in ginger help to relax the stomach muscles and thereby reduce the over-activity of the stomach.
Relieve osteoarthritis and pain
Like cinnamon, ginger can also bring comfort to individuals who are stricken by arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis. With cinnamon and ginger combined, pain is less likely to be suffered.
He benefits of cinnamon, a common kitchen spice in treating arthritis have been acknowledged from time immemorial due to its high anti-oxidant and anti-
inflammatory activity that can help the body scavenge free radicals, responsible for arthritic inflammation and joint pain.
The conventional anti-inflammatory medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain, swelling and reduced motion in your joints come with unwanted side effects like stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney damage, etc. The scientific community now has tested and proven how cinnamon can act as a boon to mankind by establishing its role in mitigating the symptoms of arthritis without causing any side-effects.
Because of its anti-viral properties, ginger is also an effective aid to the immune system. With this ability, ginger can help the body withstand the many threats of various diseases.