Cinnamon is a well-known spice since ancient times. Aside from adding pleasant and refreshing flavor to foods, it also possesses powerful medicinal properties that can help improve overall health.
Belonging from that Lauraceae family, this spice shows antioxidant and antibacterial activities. Present in it are bioactive phytochemical compounds such as eugenol, trans-cinnamaldehyde, trans-cinnamyl acetate, and proanthocyanidins which have been used in the treatment of UTI (1).
Cinnamon and UTIs
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by foreign bacteria that irritate the urinary tract, thus resulting in painful urination, foul smelling urine and even lower abdominal pain or cramping.
Cinnamon possesses potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (2). Its beneficial components can help hamper the growth of bacteria and other pathogens. Aside from this, it may also help reduce inflammation thus, easing some of the discomfort associated with UTIs (3).
In a study, results showed that compounds present in cinnamon have prevented the colonization of E. coli in the bladder and urethra. E. coli is the bacteria responsible for most UTIs (4).
In a test-tube study, experts found that the active component of cinnamon which is cinnamaldehyde can help prevent the growth of various bacteria, fungi, and mold including common Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and E.coli bacteria, which can cause illness in humans (5).
Other Benefits Of Cinnamon Consumption
- may lower the risk of heart disease
- May reduce insulin resistance
- May prevent multiple sclerosis
- May help heal chronic wounds
How To Consume Cinnamon
It’s best if we always keep a good supply of cinnamon on hand.
- Simply sprinkle cinnamon powder in a coffee or tea.
- Have a cup of comforting warm cinnamon tea. Simply simmer together cinnamon sticks and water (use 1 cinnamon stick per 1 cup of water). Simmer for about 15 minutes and then strain out the cinnamon sticks. Serve warm.
- Swirl in an entire teaspoon of ground cinnamon into your daily tea
- Mix ground cinnamon into raw honey and coconut oil and use instead of butter on pancakes or toast.
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