Twak, Dalchini, Cinnamon…
Known by many names, this popular spice is no stranger to the Indian household. For long, it has been used not only for culinary purposes but also in the treatment and prevention of many common ailments. Its special healing powers are prevalent in the ancient Indian Ayurvedic treatment modalities but also in ancient Chinese healing methods.
Let's look at the many different benefits Cinnamon has to offer us:
Anti-inflammatory: The antioxidants in Cinnamon can help relieve inflammation, which may help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline and more. Researchers have identified many different types of flavonoids in Cinnamon, all of which are highly effective at fighting dangerous inflammation levels throughout the body.
Brain Benefits: Eating Cinnamon increases neurotrophic factors, which keep existing neurons in your brain alive and encourage new ones to grow. This may delay the progression of diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It's also has been found to decrease responses to stress, so you can stay focused and alert.
Blood Sugar and Weight Loss:By decreasing insulin resistance, Cinnamon has been shown to lower blood sugar levels; a possible benefit for all of us, but especially those with diabetes. If you have to watch your blood sugar, it may be wise to add more Cinnamon to your diet.
Fights Infection: Cinnamaldehyde, a component of cinnamon that gives it its flavor and smell, has been shown to have antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which helps fight infections in the body.
Reduces the risk of heart disease: Cinnamon has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, the world's most common cause of premature death. In people with type 2 diabetes, 1 gram or about half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day has been shown to have beneficial effects on blood markers. It reduces levels of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while “good” HDL cholesterol remains stable.