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Cinnamomum Cassia

In addition to diabetes, Cassia cinnamon is used for gas (flatulence), muscle and stomach spasms, preventing nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, and loss of appetite.

Some people use it for erectile dysfunction (ED), hernia, bed-wetting, joint conditions, menopausal symptoms, menstrual problems, and to cause abortions. Cassia cinnamon is also used for chest pain, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, cramps, cancer, and as a “blood purifier.”

Cassia cinnamon is used in suntan lotions, nasal sprays, mouthwashes, gargles, toothpaste, and as a “counterirritant” applied to the skin in liniments. A counterirritant is a substance that creates pain and swelling at the point of application with the goal of lessening pain and swelling at another location.

Diabetes. Early studies suggested that cassia cinnamon might be effective for controlling type 2 diabetes. But now, there is conflicting research. Some studies show benefit and other studies show no benefit.

Loss of appetite.

Muscle and stomach spasms.

Bloating.

Intestinal gas.

Vomiting.

Diarrhea.

Common cold.

Impotence.

Bed wetting.

Menstrual problems.

Chest pain.

High blood pressure.

Kidney problems.

Cancer.

Uses

Cinnamon is used as a spice and aromatic. Traditionally, the bark or oil has been used to combat microorganisms, diarrhea, and other GI disorders, and dysmenorrhea, although there is limited data to support these uses. Evidence is lacking to support the use of cinnamon in the management of diabetes. Research has focused on anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activity.

Health benefits of cinnamon

The active principles in the cinnamon spice are known to have anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.

Cinnamon has the highest anti-oxidant strength of all the food sources in nature. The total measured ORAC (Oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value for this novel spice is 267536 trolex equivalents (TE), which is many hundred times more than in chokeberry, apples, etc.

The spice contains health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, a phenylpropanoids class of chemical compound, which gives pleasant, sweet aromatic fragrances. Eugenol has got local anesthetic and antiseptic properties, hence; useful in dental and gum treatment procedures.

Other important essential oils in cinnamon include ethyl cinnamate, linalool, cinnamaldehyde, beta-caryophyllene, and methyl chavicol.

Cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon-sticks has been found to have anti-clotting action, prevents platelet clogging inside the blood vessels, and thereby helps prevent stroke, peripheral arterial and coronary artery diseases.

The active principles in this spice may increase the motility of the intestinal tract as well as help aid in the digestion power by increasing gastrointestinal enzyme secretions.

This spicy bark is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Iron is required for cellular metabolism as a co-factor and in RBC’s production. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are chiefly used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

It also contains very good amounts of vitamin A, niacin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine.

Further, it is also a very good source of flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, zea-xanthin, lutein and cryptoxanthin.

Cinnamon spice (Cinnamonum verum), ORAC Value-267536, Nutritional value per 100 g.

(“Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

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Percentage of RDA

Energy

247 Kcal

12%

Carbohydrates

50.59 g

39%

Protein

3.99 g

7%

Total Fat

1.24 g

4.50%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

53.1 g

133%

Vitamins

Folates

6 pg

1.50%

Niacin

1.332 mg

8%

Pantothenic acid

0.358 mg

7%

Pyridoxine

0.158 mg

12%

Riboflavin

0.041 mg

3%

Thiamin

0.022 mg

2%

Vitamin A

295 IU

10%

Vitamin C

3.8 mg

6%

Vitamin E

10.44 mg

70%

Vitamin K

31.2 pg

26%

Electrolytes

 

Sodium

10 mg

<1%

Potassium

431 mg

9%

Minerals

 

Calcium

1002 mg

100%

Copper

0.339 mg

38%

Iron

8.32 mg

104%

Magnesium

60 mg

15%

Manganese

17.466 mg

759%

Phosphorus

64 mg

9%

Zinc

1.83 mg

17%

Zinc

Carotene-13

112 pg

Crypto-xanthin-6

129 pg

Lutein-zeaxanthin

222 pg

Lycopene

15 pg



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