The combination of cinnamon and honey has been used for centuries for improving people’s health. In fact, many individuals believe that the mixture is a perfect combination that can cure a variety of ailments.
The mixture of the two products is very popular in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.
According to a 1995 article published in The Weekly World News, honey and cinnamon can cure virtually anything, so this tasty combo has been under hot scrutiny by health enthusiasts and scientists alike.
At this point, conclusive evidence suggesting that a honey and cinnamon mixture will produce miraculous results is lacking in the scientific literature, which is why the medical community is quite reluctant to recommend it to their patients.
However, in my opinion, if you take the individual healing properties of each ingredient, it is not preposterous to assume that if one is good by itself, then the two combined can only be great!
7 medicinal uses for honey and cinnamon
1.Lowers blood sugar levels
Recent studies published out of the journals Nutrition Research and Pharmacognosy Research suggest that up to 1,500 mg of cinnamon supplementation benefits the lipid profile, liver enzymes, insulin resistance in diabetics and people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease patients.
On the other hand, raw, organic honey is composed of fructose and glucose. These two types of sugars cause a lower elevation of plasma glucose levels in diabetics That’s why diabetics can eat raw, organic honey.
2.Improves heart function
Honey and cinnamon help in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, which is the leading cause of death worldwide. Honey contains antioxidants which help prevent blood clots that often lead to heart attacks and strokes. On the other hand, cinnamon was found to reduce “bad” cholesterol (it forms atherosclerotic plaques on arterial walls) and increase the level of ”good” cholesterol in the body.
Free radicals (oxidants) aggressively oxidize tissues and destroy body cells. This leads to premature aging and a variety of diseases. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, thus slowing down the aging process.
Honey contains enzymes, phenols, flavonoids, and organic acids – ALL powerful antioxidants. Studies have shown that darker honey, such as buckwheat honey, is a rich source of these antioxidant compounds. Cinnamon, on the other hand, contains polyphenols which are strong antioxidants. Cinnamon beats 26 other spices and herbs in the number of antioxidants that it contains.
4.Fights acne & bacterial infections
Cinnamon oil mixed with honey is used all over the world to treat skin conditions such as acne and skin infections because of its antimicrobial capacity.
Researchers from Iran have even discovered that because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties honey is actually more potent in treating wounds and burns and result in less skin infection than conventional medicine!
5.Aids in weight loss
Honey and cinnamon aren’t going to directly make you lose weight, but they can help if they’re used correctly. If you replace sugar and sweets with raw, organic honey, you will decrease the number of calories in your diet, which eventually will lead to losing weight.
On the other hand, cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels and increases sensitivity to insulin that is responsible for our metabolism. Cinnamon not only speeds up our metabolism, it also aids in converting glucose into energy, not into fat.
6.Urinary tract infections
The Iran Journal of Medical Sciences published a study that evaluated 28 plant extracts against Gram-negative such as E. coli (the main cause of urinary tract infections).
Cinnamon extract ranked in the top 4 most potent, which provides an explanation to why people who supplement cinnamon and antibacterial honey into their diets reportedly suffer from less urinary tract infections than people who don’t.
The past few years, various studies have come out claiming that Manuka honey can help cure gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Due to its superior antimicrobial properties, researchers from the School of Dentistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand discovered that chewing/sucking on a Manuka honey product not only caused a 35% decrease in plaque, it led to a 35% reduction in bleeding sites in people suffering from gingivitis.