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Health Benefits of Cinnamon in Respiratory Diseases

The scientific name of cinnamon is ''Cinnamomum verum'' and comes from the Greek "Kinnamomon".

Cinnamon is used as a spice and for its medicinal properties since ancient times. It is documented in China 2700 BC, in India in the Ayurvedic medicine and later in Greece and during the Roman imperium.  

Cinnamon has many health benefits but here we will emphasize the benefits in respiratory diseases.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon in Respiratory Diseases

Due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties, cinnamon is a good ally in fighting respiratory infections such as sinus infection, bacterial infection, bronchitis, coughing, bacterial infections in cystic fibrosis, ear infection and recurrent respiratory infections. Being a powerful anti-bacterial, cinnamon is the best remedy in stomach flu and bacterial infections, fighting against Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other strains of bacteria.

Preparations made with cinnamon oil can be used as a natural disinfectant or antimicrobial agent against Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, Aspergillus oryzae, Penicillium digitatum to prevent respiratory or local infections. Cinnamon oil can prevent tooth decay and gum disease and can be found as a component in toothpaste, mouthwashes, chewing gum, etc.

Cinnamon is also a potent virus fighter, and research studies indicate benefits in fighting HIV, herpes virus and adenovirus that causes respiratory infections. Fungal respiratory infections can also benefit from its anti-fungal property.

Cinnamon is one of the top anti-oxidants in the world, with a value of over 250 000 μmol TE/100g. It helps to reduce the formation of free radicals that causes many diseases and helps in repairing organ damages, promoting good health.

Its antibacterial and healing infections in gastrointestinal (GI) tract is not to be left aside. However since Cinnamon removes both bad and good bacteria from the GI tract you should be careful to repopulate with good bacteria by drinking probiotic or eating fermented food after taking Cinnamon for a long period of time.

 

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Symptoms Indicative of Cystic Fibrosis And How To Get Relief

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited recessive genetic disorder that causes excess secretion of thick mucus that serve as blockage in lungs and pancreas, posing a threat to life. Since this is a genetic disorder, it manifests early in children by affecting their respiratory tract, digestive system and in the form of excess salt in sweat.

Inheritance of cystic fibrosis

The main symptoms are breathlessness, wheezing, lung infections and inflamed nasal passages in the respiratory system. Digestive system symptoms include poor growth, intestinal blockage, constipation and foul smelling stools. The pancreas are also affected affecting insulin and blood sugar control. Despite these, it is possible for those with cystic fibrosis to live and enjoy life provided they take a few precautions.

Since excessive secretion of thick mucus blocks cell walls and prevents enzyme action, nutrition is one of the keys to normal lifestyles. High calorie diet with fat soluble vitamins, high fiber and extra salt must be part of the nutrition program for those with CF. In addition, if you have CF, you must drink a lot of fluids to thin mucus in the lungs and intestines. The immune system is weakened and those with CF must go in for vaccines and immunization while taking care of hygiene to prevent infections.

cystic fibrosis signs and symptoms

Exercises are necessary to keep heart and lungs strong. Those with CF must also keep away from polluted environments since smoke and dust particles affect breathing. Doctors may prescribe medication to thin mucus and bronchodilators but lifestyle changes and therapies also play a contributing role to keep you comfortable. It is also good to have a breathing devices, inflatable vest and chest clappers.

Beside the medical cystic fibrosis treatment, you can use some herbs that reduce inflammation and help to clear mucus, such as: cayenne, ginger, hyssop, mullein, boswellia, pineapple enzymes, garlic and peppermint. Vitamin E and halotherapy (salt therapy) or breathing in fine particles of salt are home remedies that prove helpful in providing relief and improve breathing.