Scientifically proven to have medicinal qualities, Pure Cinnamon extracts, have been used in many remedies for various illnesses. It is imperative that quality Cinnamon be used in such medicinal treatments.
Cinnamon’s properties have been exploited in Type II Diabetes. The spice is known to reduce blood sugar levels by mimicking activities of Insulin via the chemically active and water soluble component - methyl hydroxychalcone (MHCP). MHCP also increases Insulin sensitivity, resulting in higher Glucose going into cells, thereby lowering the blood Glucose: hence restoring biochemical order in the body.
According to research, ½ a teaspoon of Cinnamon included in a daily diet can lower cholesterol and may significantly lower LDL (Low-density Lipoprotein, a type of lipoprotein that transports cholesterol from the liver to peripheral tissues), triglycerides (fatty acids in the blood) and total cholesterol. Adding Cinnamon to the daily diet would thereby reduce the likelihood of heart attacks.
Cinnamon’s antioxidant qualities have been applied in oxidative stress illnesses, where Cinnamon tea has been prescribed. And Cinnamon oil is used in pastes used against skin infections and surface wounds due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic and antiseptic properties.
Not restricted to traditional treatments, Cinnamon is now used in western medicines and has been accepted in therapeutic research to be a key ingredient in many types of medicines.