I can’t tell you, enough, how much I love this warm inviting spice. Cinnamon isn’t just for toast and coffee, although it’s wonderful on those things. The scent of cinnamon is also my fave, it takes me back to a kid waking up during the holidays. I always have a cinnamon scented candle going because it makes feel like I’m home. I could never get enough of the smell of warm apple pie or danish, wafting through the house. So delicious!
But did you know that cinnamon has many health benefits too? Here’s a list to ponder:
- Diabetes health: Studied have shown that cinnamon helps regulate your blood sugar. A University of Georgia study found that cinnamon can prevent tissue damage and inflammation caused by high levels of blood sugar. Additionally, it improves the effectiveness of insulin. In the study, researchers also found a strong direct link between the antioxidant benefits of common herbs and spices, including cinnamon.
- Brain Function: Research has shown that just smelling cinnamon enhances cognitive processing, but consuming it significantly ups brain function.
- Lower your cholesterol: Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.
- Arthritis relief: In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder combined with 1 TB of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
- It’s high in nutrients such as fiber and iron.
So don’t fret when adding this aromatic, warm and inviting spice to your fruit, coffee, oatmeal or baked goods; it’s good for you!