So it turns out that cinnamon has a cooling effect on the body, which explains why it’s used in such abundance in hot countries. In fact Cinnamon can cool the body by two degrees according to findings published in the journal, Scientific Reports.
The project was lead by Distinguished Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, from RMIT’s School of Engineering and used pigs as the test subjects. But don’t be turned off by the oinkers, they’ve provided valuable insights!
“When pigs feed at room temperature, carbon dioxide (CO2) gas increases in their stomach.”
“Cinnamon in their food reduces this gas by decreasing the secretion of gastric acid and pepsin from the stomach walls, which in turn cools the pigs’ stomachs during digestion.”
“This not only cools the pigs but leads to a significant improvement in their overall health.”
The research is only a part of what researchers are studying though. They’re looking into gut health with the help of swallowable sensors gas sensor capsules or smart pills developed at the University.
Other Benefits Of Cinnamon
- For a while now it’s been known that this ancient spice is packed with antioxidants, even more so than so called “superfoods” such as oregano and garlic, plus it doesn’t give you bad breath.
- It’s also a good anti-inflammatory due to the aforementioned antioxidants. So it’s already a two in one right there!
- More pressing for partakers of our heavy western diet is the fact that cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels by up to 10-29% and as such has a strong anti-diabetic effect.
- Also you can’t forget it’s cancer fighting properties, although this should be taken with a grain of salt. However studies have found that it reduces the growth of cancer, but still more trials are required.