It’s Fall, so naturally it’s the season for anything with the word “spice” in it and what better way then to have a lattè with some cinnamon sprinkled on top!? Guilty treat with a healthy benefit to it – best of both worlds.
There’s a reason Cinnamon is known as a powerful super spice. Actually, who am I kidding, there’s way more then one reason. Go digging through your spice cabinet and find this delicious
- Lowering LDL cholesterol
- Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function
- Lowers blood sugar levels and treating Type 2 Diabetes
- Fights cancer by reducing proliferation of leukaemia and lymphoma
- Contains anti-inflamitory properties which helps reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis
- Diuretic in nature therefore reducing urinary tract infections
- Reduces muscle and joint pain
- Boosts immunity, reduces fatigue
- Has anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-paraseptic, & antiseptic properties
- Helps provide relief from cramps
- Aids in weight loss
- source of magnesium, iron, fiber, and calcium
- When added to food it inhibits bacterial growth
- Cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon helps prevent clumping of blood palates
Not convinced? That’s ok! It’s hard believing that such an easily accessed spice can provide you with all this. Here are some studies showing the benefits so maybe this will get rid of some of the skepticism 🙂
Cinnamon intake lowers fasting blood glucose:meta-analysis
Cinnamon use in type 2 diabetes: an updated systematic review and meta analysis
DO NOT indulge in large amounts of cinnamon to try getting the most of it’s benefits because large amounts can be toxic to the body. Remember, 1/2 tsp. is all you need!
DO sprinkle it onto your fruit bowl, oatmeal, mix it in with honey and water and enjoy as a drink, or simply add it to anything else you want to sweeten up and add some flavour to.
Keep in mind that all these benefits are occurring at the biological level so even though we physically can’t see the effects, it certainly can’t hurt adding a bit of cinnamon into your life.