The Health Benefits of Cinnamon
By Sara Butler
Cinnamon is one of the most popular and oldest spices in the world, and for good reason. It adds a great flavor to both savory and sweet dishes. But did you know it also has benefits to your health? Here are some of its benefits, which may make you reconsider the place this spice has in your life!
What’s in Cinnamon? More than Cinnamon!
The active compounds in cinnamon, such as cinnamic alcohol, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamaldehyde, can help you to battle chronic inflammation. They also happen to be excellent anticoagulant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial compounds.
Cinnamon also provides antioxidants, minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese and fiber, and polyphenols. All of these can help to add to the many health benefits of this spice.
Type 2 Diabetes
Cinnamon has been found to help reduce the level of glucose in your bloodstream, and studies have found it to be helpful for this purpose in people with type 2 diabetes. When you eat it on an empty stomach or after a meal, it can help your body to better utilize glucose by stimulating insulin receptors and inhibiting the enzymes that deactivate them.
Improve Your Digestion
The iron, calcium, and dietary fiber found in cinnamon help to give the function of your digestive system a boost. Bile salts that can be harmful if built up in your digestive system can also bind to these compounds so they can exit your body faster, helping you to stay healthy.
Help an Upset Stomach
If you are vomiting or feeling nauseous, then cinnamon can help to calm your stomach. This is good news for pregnant women since cinnamon is natural and safe for the treatment of morning sickness.
Protect Your Heart
The anti-inflammatory effects of this spice are a big help in the battle against heart disease, helping to protect you from a heart attack and cardiovascular disease. But it’s also good for your heart because it helps to fight levels of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream that can have a detrimental impact on the health of your arteries and your heart.
How Much Cinnamon?
If you want to get the benefits of this spice in your life, then you need to eat between one and six grams of it per day, depending on your age, weight, and health. A half to a whole teaspoon per day should do the trick for most people, but always make sure you talk to a medical professional before you start something new – including adding cinnamon to your diet!
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