If you are fan of cinnamon you would already know it is a very popular spice used all over the world. While there are many varieties of this tree, the most commonly used are Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon.
If we go into chemical composition of cinnamon – there are three active chemical components found in cinnamon which offer this spice’s unique healing abilities – cinnamaldehyde, cinnamlyl alcohol and cinnamyl acetate. Cinnamaldehyde has the ability to prevent unwanted aggregation of blood platelets. Such excess clumping together of blood platelets could cause inadequate blood circulation. By preventing this, clumping, cinnamaldehyde stops the release of arachidonic acid, an inflammatory fatty acid. This makes cinnamon an anti-inflammatory food that could help reducecinnamon benefits in Arthritis inflammation caused by diseases like arthritis
A combination of cinnamon and honey are said to be an excellent remedy for arthritis. Patients suffering from arthritis can use the following remedy. Take a cup of water and boil it. Now add one tablespoon honey and ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder. Let it stand for a few minutes, strain and drink this morning and night. In a study in Copenhagen, patients with arthritis were given this honey and cinnamon mixture for a week before breakfast. Of these 73 of 200 patients were completely relieved of pain and after a month most of the patients could walk about without any pain.
Since cinnamon has been used for centuries in traditional herbal medicine, its therapeutic benefits have been researched in animal in vivo and in vitro studies. From these it has been concluded that cinnamon has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, immunomodulatory, cholesterol-lowering and cardiovascular benefits.