How frequently do you use cinnamon? If you don't currently use it daily, you will after reading this article.
It's important to note that the research into cinnamon is still in its infancy and many of these studies need to be replicated and expanded upon, but all the science carries a similar message: this spice is packed with more than just flavor!
1) It Helps Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Cinnamon has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and is therefore being investigated as a way to help prevent and treat diabetes (1,2). As we discussed in our article, The #1 Secret to Health, Longevity, and the Ideal Body, insulin resistance is linked to a host of diseases; therefore, controlling blood sugar levels is crucial to health.
2) It Can Help You Burn Fat
Cinnamon may help with weight loss in ways beyond merely improving your insulin levels. A recent study showed that it may also speed up metabolism and stimulate fat burning.
3) It Lowers Cholesterol
Cinnamon has been shown to lower both total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol in controlled studies.
4) It's Good For Your Heart and Brain
Sprinkle a little extra today and your heart and brain will thank you. Studies suggest that cinnamon may help prevent atherosclerosis and heart disease in more ways than just by lowering your cholesterol. Additionally, this spice is also being studied for its effects on the brains of Alzheimer's patients; it may help protect and treat neurodegenerative disorders (1, 2), making cooking with this spice a no-brainer.
5) It Has Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Cinnamon's ability to fight inflammation is another reason why it's gaining fame (1, 2). Although inflammation can play a crucial role in our bodies under certain circumstances (like after an injury), excessive inflammation has been linked to a host of diseases. Therefore, foods that reduce inflammation are gaining attention from medical professionals, nutritionists, and scientists. Cinnamon also exhibits antibacterial properties, which scientists are studying for use in all sorts of industries- including the health, nutrition, cosmetic, and agricultural arenas.
6) It's a Powerful Antioxidant
Cinnamon is packed with polyphenols, which are believed to help alleviate oxidative stress on the body. This stress is a major cause of aging (1, 2). Therefore, foods high in antioxidants, including cinnamon, are considered superfoods.
7) It May Help Prevent and Treat Cancer
How Can You Spice Up Your Life With Cinnamon?
Talk about a lot of health benefits! Cinnamon is a superfood that's easy to take advantage of in daily life. What's one of the easiest ways to get an extra dash? Sprinkle a little cinnamon in your coffee. As I discussed in my article, What's the Dirt on Your Grounds?, your cup of coffee is overflowing with health benefits. Pairing caffeine with this spice can make for a extra powerful duo. You can also add cinnamon to nut butters, protein shakes, Paleo desserts (like our favorite Paleo brownie mix), and coconut based yogurt.
Research into cinnamon and it's myriad health benefits is still in its infancy. Therefore, we don't yet fully understand the mechanisms underpinning many of its effects. Most of the research is in agreement on one fact, though: cinnamon seems to come with a lot of positive benefits. Don't miss out on this superfood's effects. Promote cinnamon to a place of primary importance on your spice rack today, and start adding it to your favorite daily staples for an extra health boost. You brain and body will thank you!