The Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is one of my favourite spices to use in recipes. It's highly medicinal with incredible health benefits. You can find it in your local supermarket at an affordable price - a cupboard staple that everyone should have.
It is a rich source of fiber, vitamin K, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin E, therefore those who consume it regularly are receiving doses of essential vitamins. There are with multiple benefits to cinnamon, but these are the ones I love:
Antioxidants: Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is associated with a wide range of health issues, from skin conditions to autoimmune diseases and cancer, and studies have shown that cinnamon has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties.
Brain Benefits: Eating cinnamon improves our brain function. It keeps existing neurons in your brain alive and encourages new ones to grow. Research is still ongoing but it may delay the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Additionally, there have been findings that it can reduce stress and improve focus.
Blood Sugar: While studies are still ongoing, cinnamon has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels by decreasing insulin resistance, which is a possible benefit for all of us, but especially those with diabetes. If you have to watch your blood sugar, it may be wise to add more cinnamon to your diet.
Research also shows that cinnamon can help slow blood sugar levels when eaten with carbohydrates. By balancing blood sugar and reducing inflammation, it may also contribute to healthy weight loss.
The best way you can take cinnamon is through daily recipes not exceeding 1 teaspoon per day. Below are some ideas of when you can include it:
Porridge or Overnight Oats
My Turmeric Milk recipe
Use as a replacement for sugar