A nutritionist and biochemist, Dr Ochuko Erikainure, on Sunday said that the consumption of cinnamon could be of health benefits and slow aging processes in man.
Erukainure, also a senior research officer at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, Lagos, also told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that cinnamon is amongst the world- most popular spices with high health benefits aside its use as a seasoning.
Erukainure said that other health benefits of cinnamon include: ability to reduce many forms of oxidative stress in human beings, ability to limit nitric oxide build up in the blood and lipid (fat).
-Stronger doses of cinnamon are also extremely beneficial for improving heart disease risk and cutting risk of diabetes, cancer, and neuro-degenerative diseases.
-Cinnamon lowers swelling and inflammation; it can be beneficial in pain management, with studies showing that it helps to relive muscle soreness, severity of allergic reactions.
-The extracts found in cinnamon are protective against bacteria living in the oral microflora that could cause bad breath, tooth-decay or mouth infections.
-Its bark is a common ingredient in the production of many products such as toothpaste, mouthwash and perfume,”” he said.
Erukainure added that cinnamon is very rich in essential oil with reported antioxidant activities.
-The different antioxidants present in cinnamon help to reduce a multitude of symptoms and diseases because they are free radical scavengers (a substance that prevents or slows the breakdown of another substance by oxygen).
-It is also rich in flavonoids and phenolics which are responsible for its biological activities such as hypoglycemic, anti-inflammation and immuno-modulation,” he said.
According to the researcher, -Cinnamon has been identified to have insulin-like activity in experimented animals.
-It is also a potent anti-diabetic source, which can be attributed to its chemical constituents.