11 Health Benefits of Honey & Cinnamon

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The health benefits of honey and cinnamon paste include its ability to promote a stronger immune and digestive system, improve heart health, keep the bones, skin, teeth, and hair healthy, as well as stimulate weight loss. It also helps in providing relief from itching and symptoms of arthritis. This article covers the health benefits of honey and cinnamon when they are combined.

Honey comes with a number of health benefits when consumed individually, and also when consumed in combination with other food items; the most useful combinations are formed with cinnamon, ginger, and milk.

Nutritional Value of Honey & Cinnamon

Honey and cinnamon are both nutritious foods and contain vitamins and minerals that help to maintain good health. They contain nutrients that include water, protein, fiber, sugar, vitamins, and minerals. Cinnamon also contains a very low level of fat.

Minerals such as calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc are found in honey and cinnamon. In terms of vitamins, they contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, niacin, and riboflavin. Cinnamon also contains vitamins A, E, D, and K.

Health Benefits of Honey & Cinnamon

The health benefits of honey and cinnamon combination include the following:

Boosts Immunity

Honey and cinnamon paste is good for boosting the immune system, eliminating chronic fatigue, and increasing the lifespan of people. It can also be used for treating colds and influenza. This is partially due to the antioxidants found in both honey and cinnamon which can combine to combat the free radicals in the body’s organ systems.

Controls Diabetes

Cinnamon contains antioxidant flavonoids whose effect closely resembles insulin, which means that it can encourage glucose out of the bloodstream and into the cells where it is needed for energy. Honey, as a pure source of natural sugar, does not cause the fluctuation in blood sugar levels that many artificial sources of sugar do, and cinnamon’s effects, when combined with it, show a steady use of glucose by the body, and an improvement in type 2 diabetes, as per a study published in the American Diabetes Association in 2003.

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Anticancer Potential

A combination of honey and cinnamon can help in lowering the risk of cancer.

Honey is known to be a rich source of antioxidants that aid in scavenging the free radicals. The impressive amount of polyphenols found in honey have been linked to preventing cancer. Research also suggests that dark honey showed a higher amount of antioxidants than clear honey.

The journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine has published an animal-based study on cinnamon revealing that it has certain anti-tumor properties that can decrease the chances of metastasis or the spread of cancer through tumorous growth.

Treats Itching

A paste made of honey and cinnamon is often used to treat insect bites and relieve inflammation at the source. Cinnamon is considered an anti-inflammatory substance, while honey is an antiseptic and therapeutic component of many beauty and cosmetic products. Thus, their combination works on all aspects of skin irritation and insect bites at the same time, while simultaneously keeping you from developing infections.

Aids in Digestion

Honey and cinnamon can help to increase the health and functionality of the digestive system. It can remove gas from the stomach and intestine and treat stomachache, excess flatulence, indigestion, and bladder infections. Regular consumption of cinnamon and honey will help in maintaining healthy digestion, which protects the gastrointestinal system from a number of serious conditions.

Treats Arthritis

Honey and cinnamon are beneficial in providing relief from arthritis. Regular intake of their paste helps to maintain bone health and relieves joint pain. You can also mix honey and cinnamon powder in warm water and enjoy the results.

Skin Care

The benefits of honey and cinnamon extend to skincare as well, where minor skin infections and pimples can be treated with a simple application of the paste formed from these two precious foods. This can be applied on wounds or on the skin as a general spread due to it’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant characteristics, which can reduce the appearance of age-related spots and wrinkles by reducing the impact of free radicals in the skin.

Prevents Heart Disorders

Honey and cinnamon are used for reducing the cholesterol levels and thus providing additional protection to your heart. A high cholesterol level (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) can result in atherosclerosis or plaque buildup on the walls of arteries and vessels, thereby increasing the chances of a clot forming that can result in a heart attack or a stroke.

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Weight Loss

A mixture of honey and cinnamon in warm water is considered a good weight loss tool. Of course, like any other weight loss remedy, results are only seen when you combine it with a maintained diet and regular exercise.

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Hair Care

Honey and cinnamon nurture hair, reduce hair loss and stimulate hair growth.

Dental Care

Both honey and cinnamon are individually used for dental care. A mixture prepared from the two is also used in dental care, particularly in eliminating bad breath and toothaches.

It is also believed that honey and cinnamon may help in treating infertility in men, and hearing disorders, but more research needs to be done regarding those claims. Till then enjoy these benefits and get healthier!

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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