It's probably not a hard sell to get you to add cinnamon to your diet — after all, it's part of some of the most delicious foods in the world (cinnamon rolls and apple pie come to mind).
And not only is it delicious, but it's incredibly powerful and good for your body, in so many ways.
- It could fight cancer. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and can help rid the body of cancer-causing free radicals, meaning you'll stay healthier and have better peace of mind.
- It'll support your immune system. Another perk? Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties that keep you healthy while keeping invader cells out. Major score for your immune system.
- It's anti-inflammatory. A handful of studies have shown that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with healing, chronic inflammation, and more, especially since diabetes and obesity are linked with chronic inflammation.
- It could lower your cholesterol. Cinnamon oil can lower cholesterol levels in chickens, so it can't hurt to add some cinnamon into your diet and see if it helps with yours, too.
- It can regulate blood sugar. In a study that involved eating cinnamon rice pudding (sign us up next time!), the spice helped regulate blood sugar levels and delayed "gastric emptying without affecting satiety." This could mean there's a link between cinnamon and weight loss!
- It may be anti-diabetic. Similarly, cinnamon may play a role with diabetes. In a study involving rats, cinnamon showed to be anti-diabetic.
- It has tons of vitamins and minerals. It's loaded with calcium, with high amounts of iron, vitamin B6, mood-boosting manganese, and magnesium . . . it also has fiber, potassium, and even a little protein! Even more reasons to sprinkle some cinnamon into your everyday recipes like this one for cinnamon raisin overnight oats.
Some cinnamon recipes to try:
- Cinnamon bun smoothie
- Apple cinnamon quinoa breakfast bake
- Roasted cinnamon chickpeas
- Cinnamon quinoa bake
- Apple cinnamon flax smoothie