Cinnamon is a great additive when cooking, not only because it makes food taste that much better, BUT also because cinnamon has an abundance of health benefits!
• Cinnamon has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol – this is especially beneficial for people with Type 2 Diabetes
• The scent of cinnamon helps to increase alertness
• Cinnamon provides antioxidants that create healthier arteries and thus reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
• Cinnamon reduces pain linked to arthritis
• Research has shown that cinnamon may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells
• Cinnamon has been proven effective for menstrual pain and infertility due to it containing a natural chemical that increases the hormone progesterone and decreases testosterone production in women, helping to balance hormones
• Cinnamon has the effect of thinning your blood, thereby increasing blood circulation. Increased blood flow generally boosts your metabolism which is why it may be helpful in weight loss
• Cinnamon is a warming agent, so mixed with an oil it is highly effective in relaxing and relieving muscle pain – you can add a few drops in your bath to sooth tired and achy muscles
• Cinnamon naturally kills athletes foot
• Cinnamon oil is a natural bug repellant
• If you are coming down with a cold, sore throat and/or cough and drink cinnamon tea or take a cinnamon stick within 5-10 minutes of the first signs of it, it is said to stop an impending illness in its tracks due to the anti-bacterial and warming properties
There are many more to add to the list, but these are the ones I find the most interesting!
You can add cinnamon to your food simply! I add it to my coffee, oatmeal, egg whites, greek yogurt, sweet potatoes and tea. The possibilities are endless!