Cinnamon, one of the oldest spices comes from the bark of evergreen trees native to Sri Lanka. It is available ground or as a stick. It is used in baking as well as an addition to hot beverages. The healing properties of cinnamon come from the following essential oils within the bark: cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate and cinnamyl alcohol. Also, components in cinnamon help the body use insulin more efficiently so that more glucose can enter cells.
- Helps to stabilize blood glucose
- Aids in digestion
- May help to lower cholesterol
- Boosts brain activity
- Helps stop the growth of bacteria