The medicinal benefits of cinnamon are many. Cinnamon is a strong antioxidant that decreases inflammation, which is at the root cause of many health problems, diseases, and pain. In addition to its inflammation reducing qualities that decrease bone, muscle, and joint pain, cinnamon has also been shown to decrease blood sugar and cholesterol levels, cut the risk of heart disease, improve brain function, protect against cancer, fight infection, and more.
Consuming cinnamon will increase metabolism. Fat cells store energy in the form of lipids. Lipids contribute to added weight gain when the stored energy isn’t used by our bodies, due to increased calorie intake or decreased activity level. Recent studies suggest that consuming cinnamon makes fat cells burn energy rather than store it. More research is needed to determine an effective dose, however, eating cinnamon every day will likely achieve those results. FDA recommends a limit of cinnamon to 3 teaspoons a day.
There are two types of cinnamon: Ceylon and Cassia. Cassia cinnamon has a stronger flavor and odor and is much cheaper- typically what we buy in the grocery store. Cassia cinnamon contains a plant compound that can damage the liver. Ceylon is the more expensive cinnamon, with a milder, sweeter flavor, that is better for your health. You can buy these on amazon or any health food store.
Ways to incorporate cinnamon in your diet:
1. Add cinnamon to loose leaf organic tea for a very healthy drink.
2. Mix cinnamon in a small portion of steel cut oats along with flax seed, walnuts and blueberries.
3. Add cinnamon to plain greek yogurt with sliced organic apples.