Cinnamon and 7 Reasons You Need It Now
Ahh, cinnamon! The thing that makes cinnamon rolls, cinnamon tea, and apple pie so darned delicious.
In today’s article, I’m going to show you why cinnamon is one of the best things you can add to your daily diet. Not only because it’s tasty, but because of the many, many health benefits it provides.
By the end, you’ll see that cinnamon is truly an amazing addition to your menu, one that will do wonders to keep you healthy.
We’re going to be talking about the results of one very long and very thorough study from the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal:
Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant
You can read the in-depth stuff here, but I’ll give you a quick look at the scientifically proven health benefits of cinnamon you need to know about.
Probably the #1 most awesome thing about cinnamon is its incredibly high antioxidant content!
The antioxidants in cinnamon can help to neutralize free radicals in the body, reducing the risk of metabolic disease damage, preventing the decay caused by age-related syndromes, and improving the levels of the critical antioxidant glutathione. Cinnamon’s antioxidants can also inhibit the oxidation of fatty acids, which can do wonders to reduce cholesterol levels.
Simply put, more cinnamon = more antioxidants = better health!
Cinnamon is proven to have some pretty amazing anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it’s likely able to counteract the sort of low-grade inflammation caused by injuries, chronic disease, and metabolic health conditions.
Inflammation is linked to a wide range of serious health problems—from cancer to heart disease to diabetes—but cinnamon can help you treat and manage inflammation to decrease your risk of developing these conditions.
Improved Brain Health
You’d be astonished by what cinnamon can do for your brain!
It can prevent ischemic damage (caused by oxygen shortages, usually the result of strokes or blood clots in the brain) and reduce the effects of brain infarctions, as well as improve the neurobehavioral outcomes after strokes.
Cinnamon may also be able to help protect your brain from the metabolites that lead to Parkinson’s disease, protecting the cells from damage and reducing the effects of oxidative stress. It may also decrease the aggregation of tau and the formation of filaments that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Reduced Diabetes Risk
Cinnamon is one of the best foods to help you manage your blood sugar levels (and, for a bonus, cholesterol levels as well).
The antioxidant compounds in the spice will help to regulate blood glucose, preventing it from rising out of control, and can decrease the intake of alanine, an amino acid that plays a role in managing blood sugar levels.
Even for diabetics, cinnamon can lend a hand! Doses of cinnamon helped to increase insulin secretion, leading to better insulin control. It may even help to decrease oxidative stress and inflammation in the pancreas, protecting the pancreatic cells and reducing the amount of damage done by the diabetes.
Fighting Bacteria and Yeast
Cinnamon can do wonders to help you manage and control the presence of fungi, bacteria, and yeast species in your body.
Bacteria naturally lives in your intestines, but it also makes a home in all the warm, dark spots around your body: under your armpits, in your mouth, around your toes, in your groin, and so on. When the beneficial bacteria in your body is unable to control the spread of the bad bacteria, that’s when you start getting infections and break-outs. Thanks to cinnamon’s potent anti-bacterial properties, you can keep everything controlled and healthy.
The same with the various yeast and fungal species that live in and on your body. The anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties of cinnamon can help to protect you from all the microflora, reducing the risk of everything from oral thrush to yeast infections to athlete’s foot!
Wait until you see what cinnamon can do for your heart!
Cinnamon can help to decrease the ischemic damage caused by blood clots and blockages to your heart, and may even be useful as a treatment for cardiovascular disease. Specifically, it can help to prevent atherosclerosis (cholesterol-induced narrowing of the arteries) and other vascular diseases.
It can increase vasodilation (expanding of the blood vessels), which can counteract hypertension and high blood pressure. It will also help the smooth muscle of the heart and blood vessels to respond and flex more efficiently, protecting it from the sort of damage caused by stiffening and inflexibility.
Cinnamon improves your lipid profile, lowering the “bad” LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and total cholesterol levels. This was proven not only in animal studies but in human trials as well!
As you can see, cinnamon is so much more than just a delicious spice!
All these health benefits listed above are scientifically proven based on real research, and you can test it for yourself by adding cinnamon to your diet and seeing just how much it helps to improve your life.
It will improve blood sugar control, enhance your cardiovascular and brain health, lower cholesterol levels, decrease inflammation, fight diabetes, and provide the antioxidants your body needs to function properly.
How can you add more cinnamon to your diet? Why not sprinkle it on your breakfast oatmeal to add a bit of flavor, or mix it into your homemade apple sauce and pumpkin puree? Or, better still, add cinnamon tea to your daily routine and see real results!
Cinnamon is the main ingredient in our Flat Belly Tea, a drink that will help you lose weight, boost your metabolism, and improve insulin control. A few cups a day might be just what you need to help you get your health back on track.