Centuries before cinnamon was deliciously added to your French toast, witch doctors and medicine men were using cinnamon to cure common ailments of today that then, were very deadly. The common cold was one of those ailments. They used cinnamon as a method to rid the body of the cold and found that if the entire village was taking it, the cold didn't spread.
Today however, other than ridding yourself of a bothersome cold, there are more useful applications for this spice. Cinnamon is a great ingredient to help balance blood sugar levels in the body. Once ingested, cinnamon will cause the body to produce less insulin and reduces stress on your pancreas. To achieve this effect all you need is to take 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon daily. Cinnamon also has blood thinning capabilities so it is important that you do not exceed the 1/2 a teaspoon recommendation.
With our busy society, we do a lot of eating on the go. This would contribute to why just about every street corner has a fast food restaurant chain. This is an unhealthy practice that can lead to many health problems, mainly high cholesterol levels in our blood stream. If undetected or left untreated, high cholesterol can cause coronary damage and one day may lead to that fatal heart attack. Cinnamon reduces blood lipids and as a result it reduces LDL cholesterol which is bad cholesterol and leaves HDL, the good cholesterol unchanged. This effect is obtained on the same 1/2 a teaspoon dose of cinnamon.
The Cure for Cancer will be one of man's greatest achievements. But we are not quite there yet. But in recent studies, scientist have found that cinnamon can play an important part in the cure's discovery. Two particular components contained in cinnamon, procyanidins type A and MHCP (methylhydroxychalcone polymer), perform as antioxidants and have protective properties against cancer. These two components have shown in test to reduce the proliferation of cancer cells. Not really a cure but it prevents the birth of new cancer cells. If sustained, it is possible for the cancer to die off on its own. The science of this effect is still being tested