The other day, as I was sprinkling some tasty cinnamon into my pre-adventure oatmeal, I suddenly wondered if there were any secret health benefits to this versatile spice. So, I got on the googles and looked it up. Turns out, this stuff is kind of magical.
Here are just a few of the things I found:
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
- Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body.
- Cinnamon has antifungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.
- It has natural anti-infectious compounds. In studies, cinnamon has been effective against ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria and other pathogens.
- Honey and Cinnamon combined has been found to relieve arthritis pain. Cinnamon has been shown in studies at the Department of Internal Medicine, Kangnam Korean Hospital, to reduce cytokines linked to arthritic pain.
- Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
- Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief.
- Cinnamon can also help stablize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss). A couple of dashes in your morning tea or cereal is all it takes!
- It’s been proven effective for menstrual pain and infertility. Cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which studies show increases the hormone progesterone and decreases testosterone production in women, helping to balance hormones.
- It tastes really good, on lots and lots of foods! Plus it smells like Christmas.
I’m especially intrigued about it’s ability to stabilize blood sugar (thus stabilizing ones mood and cravings) and reduce various pains.
So, why not sprinkle some in your oatmeal (like me), throw a dash in your apple sauce, or a pinch in your chai tea. It tastes great and can do great things for you.
Do you use cinnamon regularly? Did you know it was kinda magical?