An Antioxidant Source Stronger Than Garlic
By Brandi Monasco
There is nothing better than the sweet and inviting smell of cinnamon.
Cinnamon is used around the world in many different ways. It can be added to recipes to make your dishes sweet or savory or even used as an essential oil to “warm” up your house with its warm aroma.
Whether you use it in your dishes or diffuse the essential oil, cinnamon has lots of health benefits that will make you love this spice even more!
1. Cinnamon Is Loaded With Antioxidants. Not only does cinnamon make your dishes taste even more flavorful, but when you eat cinnamon, you are actually also getting a good dose of antioxidants, which protect your body from damage that can be caused by free radicals. One study compared the antioxidant activity of 26 different spices. The study concluded that cinnamon was the winner and even outranked “superfoods” such as oregano and garlic.
2. Cinnamon Controls Your Blood Sugar. Several studies have concluded that cinnamon can help those who have insulin resistance. Having insulin resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes. Eating cinnamon can help reduce the resistance and help insulin to do its job properly. When insulin is doing its job properly, your blood sugar becomes lower and therefore, your risk of type 2 diabetes decreases.
3. Cinnamon Contains Anti-Inflammatory Properties. Having anti-inflammatory properties allows cinnamon to reduce inflammation and swelling, which can be very beneficial when you are dealing with pain. The anti-inflammatory properties also help lower your risk for cancer, heart disease and brain function decline. There are over 7 types of flavonoids (or antioxidants) that are great at fighting inflammation throughout your entire body.
4. Cinnamon Is Anti-Bacterial. When you experience the first sign of that nasty sore throat and cough, cinnamon can do the trick to alleviate the symptoms. Cinnamon increases blood flow and improves blood oxygen levels that both help to fight illnesses and diseases. Mixing cinnamon with water coats your throat and soothes the cough and soreness.
5. Cinnamon Reduces Your Risk Of Heart Disease. Cinnamon reduces the level of “bad” cholesterol in your blood. When the bad cholesterol level is lowered, your chance of having heart disease reduces. Cinnamon also increases the “good” cholesterol level. One study showed that eating 120 milligrams of cinnamon a day can give you these cholesterol lowering benefits.
You can purchase cinnamon in a variety of forms such as ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks and even cinnamon essential oil. It can be used in different dishes to add a sweetened taste to the dish rather than using sugar. You can use cinnamon on pretty much anything you want: in your coffee, on fruit, in oatmeal, even smoothies!
Here’s a great breakfast recipe with cinnamon that will get your day started!
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Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa
- 1 ½ cup of water
- ½ cup of quinoa
- 2 large apples
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- Peel and core both apples. Chop the apples into bite-sized pieces.
- Add the quinoa and apples to the water in a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil then cover and reduce the heat to simmer. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes. The apples will need to be soft and the quinoa should absorb most of the water.
- Stir in the cinnamon and spoon the mixture into a bowl.
- Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with additional cinnamon.
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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