The 10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon
I love sprinkling Cinnamon into my oatmeal every morning, and mixing it with just about every baked good in my repertoire. It adds wonderful flavor without adding sugar, and can elevate just about anything you mix it into, even your morning cup of coffee. Once I started researching Cinnamon, I found that the health benefits made me want to use it on a daily basis due to some of its great qualities:
Here is my top 10 list:
When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, use of cinnamon reduced the spread of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.
Blood Sugar Regulation
Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. Wouldn’t this be great and help you to remember to pick up the dry cleaning??
Yeast Infection Help
In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. We love this as we know many women can fall prey to infections after being on antibiotics to fight other infections in the body.
It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
E. Coli Fighter
Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
High in Nutrients
It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
Well, if these benefits don’t get you running out to buy some pure Cinnamon (be sure it is not Cassia).. and try out the different varieties. I personally use Ceylon as it is the true Cinnamon with the most health benefits, and the flavor is wonderful!
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