Cinnamon has some surprising health benefits that you may not realize.
When it comes to overall health, the most important thing to remember is that your body is basically a well-oiled machine, and everything down to the spices you add into your diet can have a large impact on the way that you feel.
Cinnamon is well-known to have health benefits, but it actually has the highest antioxidant levels of any spice.
To give you a little geography lesson, cinnamon is derived from the inner bark of an evergreen tree that is specific to the areas around Sri Lanka. It has been used medicinally, and cosmetically since ancient Egypt. So basically, people have known about the benefits of cinnamon since the dawn of time.
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Cinnamon is good for you because it combats free radicals, has anti-inflammatory properties, and can help fight bacteria, but it can also help combat some major diseases.
A study in 2010 found that cinnamon has the potential to inhibit the growth of tumors, because of the way it affects the genetic makeup of the masses to create cell death.
A study in 2011 showed that cinnamon lowers the fasting blood glucose levels of people with type-2 diabetes, and can even help with glucose intolerance.
Cinnamon can also help with inflammation in athletes, and may also treat inflammatory bowel disease.
A 2013 study noted that cinnamon could help reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure in pre-diabetic patients.
I am not saying that if you start ingesting a bottle of cinnamon a day you will never suffer from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or inflammation. I am saying however that if you need to spice up a meal a little, or want a little extra punch to your afternoon tea, cinnamon will not only taste good, but could create a small positive impact for your overall health.