Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Cinnamon, which has the scientific name Cinnamomum zeylanicum, originated in tropical Asia and was, particularly used in Sri Lanka and India. Now, the shrub is grown in almost every tropical region of the world. The spice, owing to its vast medicinal uses, has found a prominent position in traditional medicines, especially in Ayurveda, which is the traditional Indian medicinal system. It has been used in many cultures for treating a variety of health disorders.

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This plant contains a high source of antioxidants, it has anti-inflammatory properties, protects the heart against high cholesterol levels and high triglycerides and high blood pressure.
It also helps to fight Diabetes and cognitive decline protecting the regular brain function.
It might help lower cancer risk, fight infections and viruses, protect dental health and freshen breath.
It can help prevent or cure candida, it benefits skin health and helps fight allergies, it is also used as natural sugar substitute for sweets and desserts and it works as a natural food preservative.
It is one of the oldest tonic plants in the world. The ancients Theophrastus, Herodotus, Galen, Dioscorides, Pliny, and Strebo all mention it.Chinese use dates back at least 5,000 years. One Chinese ancient stated that if you took cinnamon with toads’ brains for seven years, you would be able to walk on water, look young forever, and never die. However, it is unlikely that many would want to after such a challenge! It was first used medicinally in Egypt and India and in certain parts of Europe since about 500 BCE.
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Review Cinnamon and health.

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