Scientifically Proven Health Benefits Of The World’s Favorite Superspice: Cinnamon
Written by: Drew Canole
Cinnamon is one of the most common spices found in the average American’s cupboard. And for good reason! It is delicious, flavorful, versatile and packed with an impressive amount of benefits.
Cinnamon has been prized for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. This delicious bark has also been dated back to the Egyptian times, regarded as a gift for royalty.
DID YOU KNOW: Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices in recorded history! It is mentioned in the bible and in other old manuscripts from ancient Egypt.
The Health Benefits Of Cinnamon
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Cinnamon contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants. In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking “superfoods” like garlic and oregano.
Antioxidants are important for the body to fight free radicals that may otherwise cause illness and disease.
Cinnamon has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to improve digestion and help with symptoms of diabetes. It has been shown to significantly increase sensitivity to the hormone insulin. Cinnamon has been shown to both reduce fasting blood sugar levels by up to 10-29% at doses as low as 1-6 grams a day.
Did you know that the #1 cause of premature death in the world is heart disease?
Several studies have been done showing the benefits of cinnamon on the heart. Researchers have found that just small doses of cinnamon (120 milligrams a day) have potential to lower “bad” cholesterol while stabilizing good cholesterol. This also aids in reducing blood pressure.
Water-soluble cinnamon extract has shown to be able to inhibit the growth and spread of different cancers in laboratory cell cultures of various types of cancer that include melanoma, lymphoma, colon, colorectal and cervical cancer.
In the different mice models with melanoma, the cinnamon extract was orally administered and was able to significantly inhibit tumor growth.
See studies here, here, here and here.
Cinnamon oil has been found effective in aiding fungal infections, especially in the respiratory tract.
Studies have found that cinnamon acts as a potent antibacterial against such bacterias as Listeria and Salmonella.
Chronic inflammation is at the root of all disease that is afflicting society today. Although inflammation is the body’s natural response to infections and tissue damage, when left unchecked due to poor dietary and lifestyle choices, it can wreck havoc on the body.
Studies have found that the antioxidants in cinnamon also have strong anti-inflammatory properties.
The smell of cinnamon increases cognitive function by 15%! Research has found that cinnamon may have many benefits for the brain because its compounds help inhibit protein buildup. Tau is a protein that builds up in the brain and is a leading symptom of neurodegenerative disease.
Cinnamon is a warming spice that has been shown to help with sugar cravings. It does this by controlling blood sugar levels and minimizing insulin spikes, which would otherwise cause post-meal cravings.
Sugar causes inflammation and inflammation causes disease. Cinnamon, however, is full of amazing benefits, plus it’s delicious! Do you put sugar in your morning coffee? Try adding cinnamon instead. You can also use it in the place of sugar in your oatmeal, tea, cereal and smoothies.
Minerals In Cinnamon
Cinnamon contains all of the following:
- Dietary fiber
How To Use Cinnamon For Optimum Benefits
There are four different types of cinnamon. Ceylon, Cassia, Saigon and Korintje. They each vary slightly in texture, color and flavor.
Ceylon cinnamon is the “true” cinnamon and the one you want to look for when shopping at the market. It is high in a substance called cinnamaldehyde, which is responsible for cinnamon’s health benefits. You can buy it in bulk at the store, in powder form or use it in protein powders for flavor.
Delicious Recipes With Cinnamon
Vanilla-Cinnamon Super Shake
- Add all ingredients into a high power blender and blend to perfection. Add ice near end for best results.
Cinnamon Apple, Walnut, Kale And Quinoa Salad
Cinnamon Bee Tea Recipe
Cinnamon may be one of the healthiest spices on the planet and is easy to come by! Be sure to search for true cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon) over the cheaper varieties that are typically found in the grocery store.
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Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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