Old man’s cinnamon: what is it and what is it for

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Old cinnamon ( Miconia Albicans ) is a shrub species widely used for medicinal purposes. Its main role is to combat joint pain caused by arthritis and arthrosis .

Its tea is even very suitable to alleviate discomfort in the joints of elbows, knees, shoulders, ankles and wrists caused by chikungunya.

In addition, it has other fundamental properties for the health of the body: it is antioxidant, analgesic, antimicrobial, antitumor and anti-inflammatory .

It is native to tropical and temperate regions of America, so it is easy to be found throughout the national territory and so its name changes depending on the region. Popularly it can be known as white flower quaresmeira, pixirica, white pixirica, white leaf, chicken wreath or executioner.

Learn more about the benefits that this herb brings to the body and the recommended ways of consumption. Check out this and more to follow!

What is the use of old man’s cinnamon

Combat joint pain

Thanks to the presence of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances , the vegetable can be used as a natural treatment against arthritis, arthrosis and other types of rheumatic discomfort in the joints.

Slows down premature aging

Old cinnamon has effective action against free radicals and inflammation. (1)

The antioxidants found in the plant help fight the harmful action of free radicals that can lead to the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes . These molecules are also associated with chronic and degenerative diseases such as arteriosclerosis and Alzheimer’s.

It’s analgesic

The plant is rich in two types of acids: ursolic acid and oleanoic acid. They have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, relieving pain and accelerating healing . ( 2 )

Does old man’s cinnamon get thin?

One of the active ingredients in old cinnamon, ursolic acid, can help reduce fat and gain lean mass. ( 3 )

Despite this, the isolated ingestion of tea made with the leaves of the plant will not have any effect. To lose weight, it is necessary to combine the consumption of this tea with healthy habits, such as a balanced diet and the practice of physical activities.

How to make old man’s cinnamon tea

The most common way of using Miconia Albicans is through its leaf tea .

The first step in preparing it is to make sure they come from a reliable source. The ideal is to ask for the approval or indication of a specialist before buying the ingredients to prepare the drink .

With that question right, boil half a liter of hot water, then pour it over a shallow (tablespoon) of chopped dried leaves . Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes and then drink.

Avoid preparing the drink too much in advance, it is best to drink it on the day it was prepared.

In capsules and in drops

Old man’s cinnamon can also be found in other formats. Its extracts can be sold in capsule and drop versions.

Important ! Check the origin of the product and ask an expert for advice on the ideal way to use it.

Care and contraindications

There are no formal contraindications for the use of this plant. But, as with most medications, whether herbal or not, it should be avoided by pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children .

Those who are prone to problems with the digestive system should be careful, as the drink can irritate this part of the body, especially if ingested in large quantities.

“Do not exceed the amount indicated by the specialist, as it can irritate the digestive system and damage the liver”, warns nutritionist Vanderli Marchiori.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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