Bursting with health benefits, cinnamon is one of the most beneficial spices and antioxidant-packed foods on the planet.
Cinnamon comes from the bark of a cinnamon tree, which can be rolled into stick-form or ground into a fine powder for use in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes.
Cinnamon is abundant in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, such as polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids. These compounds decrease oxidative stress in the body, slow the aging process and prevent disease. In addition, cinnamon contains important antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. It’s protective against inflammatory conditions, cancer, heart disease and neurological disorders and diabetes. Cinnamon is excellent for supporting weight loss and stabilizing blood sugar. Including cinnamon during mealtime can reduce the glycemic index of the meal up to 29 percent. Cinnamon has also been shown to:
- Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
- Support Fat Loss and Muscle Growth (without strength training!)
- Prevent/Treat Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
- Improves Gut Health & Immunity: Anti-Fungal, Anti-Candida, Anti-Microbial & Anti-Viral
- Improve Heart Health: Reduces Elevated Triglyceride, Cholesterol & Blood Pressure
- Support Brain Function & Protect Against Cognitive Decline
- Decrease Cancer Risk
- Protect Dental Health
- Click here for more research on the health benefits of cinnamon!
Buying & Storing
With over a hundred cinnamon varieties, the most commonly used are Korintje (sweet and mellow), Cassia (strong and spicy-sweet), and Ceylon or “true cinnamon” (less sweet with a citrus flavor). Korintje cinnamon is the best variety for adding sweetness to foods and beverages. Store cinnamon tightly sealed in a glass container in a cool, dark, dry place for 6 months (ground) or 1 year (stick-form). Cinnamon that doesn’t smell sweet is no longer fresh and should be discarded. Top brands: Frontier Organic and Simply Organic.
How To Use
Loaded with health benefits, this naturally sweet spice is a top choice for a sweetener. For maximum nutritional benefits enjoy at least 1 teaspoon or half a stick of cinnamon daily. Cinnamon is easy to add to food you already eat and makes everything taste better. Add ground cinnamon to sliced apples, oatmeal, pancakes, french toast, nut butter, almond milk, coconut milk, yogurt, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, butternut squash, carrots, bananas, raw nuts, desserts, baked goods, ice cream, smoothies, shakes, fresh juices, coffee or tea. Cinnamon sticks work well for stirring hot beverages or drizzling honey.
Cinnamon — Interesting Facts
- Cinnamon is one of the most beneficial spices and antioxidant-packed foods on the planet.
- The compound cinnamaldehyde give cinnamon it’s flavor, smell and health benefits.
- Cinnamon is packed with powerful antioxidants, particularly polyphenols. Research here, here and here.
- Cinnamon contains more antioxidants than oregano and many other common spices.
- The antioxidants found in cinnamon appear to have strong anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cinnamon may improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar by up to 29% and decrease type 2 diabetes.
- Cinnamon slows the rate at which carbohydrates are digested.
- Cinnamon extracts may be protective against cancer. Research here, here, and here.
- Cinnamon may reduce heart disease risk by reducing blood pressure, increasing “good” HDL cholesterol and reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes.