Cinnamon is well-known
as a prime ingredient in many sweets and baked dishes,
but it is also an interesting addition to marinades,
beverages, dressings, meats, poultry, and fish.
Old home remedies use cinnamon in preparations to combat
diarrhea and morning sickness, because it is a carminative
(an agent that helps break up intestional gas).
Recent studies show that cinnamon enhances the ability
of insulin to metabolize glucose, helping to control
blood sugar levels. Although these tests have not been
conducted on humans yet, many diabetics have added 1/4
teaspoon cinnamon per day to their daily diet, proclaiming
favorable results. Controlling diabetes can help prevent
coronary artery disease and high blood pressure.
Cinnamon also has antiseptic and astringent properties.