Several Uses Of Cinnamon You Should Probably Know About
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Cinnamon is one of my favorite scents and one of my favorite spices to use. I use it in my oatmeal, smoothies and sometimes even my coffee to give it that extra flavor.
Cinnamon can be used in many different ways, whether it is to spice up your recipe or to even use the essential oil to make your home smell warm and inviting.
Either way, cinnamon is amazing and incredible for your health!
How Cinnamon Benefits Your Health
1. Cinnamon Can Help Control Blood Sugar. Those who suffer with type 2 diabetes can benefit by eating more cinnamon. A recent study has shown that those who suffer with type 2 diabetes and eat cinnamon on a regular basis can actually help with controlling their blood sugar.
2. Cinnamon Can Help With Fungal Infections. Cinnamon contains an active ingredient called cinnamaldehyde. This ingredient has both antifungal and antibacterial properties. In fact, cinnamaldehyde is so strong in its antifungal properties, that is can inhibit the growth and fight against infections caused by fungi.
3. Cinnamon Can Treat Bacterial Infections. The same ingredient in cinnamon that can kill fungi can also kill bacteria. Cinnamaldehyde can help prevent tooth decay as well as reduce bad breath. It can also inhibit the growth of Salmonella and Listeria bacteria.
4. Cinnamon Can Relieve Pain. Pain such as headaches and arthritis pain are often caused by inflammation in the area. Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the inflammation and therefore, reduce and relieve pain. The anti-inflammation properties found in cinnamon can also help reduce your risk of certain cancers and heart disease.
5. Cinnamon Can Lower Bad Cholesterol. One of the most common reasons of death is heart disease and this is where bad cholesterol comes into play. Bad cholesterol levels is the cause of heart disease. Eating cinnamon on a regular basis can help not only reduce bad cholesterol levels, but it can also increase the good cholesterol, lowering your chances for heart disease in the future.
Finding cinnamon and incorporating it into your daily diet is easy. Cinnamon can be purchased in a variety of forms such as powdered cinnamon, sticks and cinnamon essential oil. It is also very versatile so that it can be added into pretty much anything that you want.
If you’re looking for a recipe that has cinnamon, look no further!
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup diced apples
- ½ cup applesauce
- ½ cup almond milk
- 2 eggs
- ¼ maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup melted and slightly cooled coconut oil
- You will need an 8”x8” baking dish lightly greased with nonstick spray.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, walnuts, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt.
- Mix in the diced apples, applesauce, almond milk, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla.
- Mix in the coconut oil and continue to mix until all ingredients are combined.
- Spread the mixture into the baking dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until it is a light golden brown on the top.
- Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
- You can serve this with additional walnuts on top.
What are your favorite ways to include cinnamon in your diet? Share with us in the comments below!
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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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