There’s no doubt we love the smell of cinnamon, and it tastes delicious on desserts. But did you know that cinnamon is surprisingly good for you? It’s well known for its medicinal properties. So, next time you’re looking for something a little unique, try some cinnamon tea or add additional cinnamon to your favorite Apple Nut Crumble tea. You’ll be glad you did.
- Cinnamon Is Packed with Antioxidants: Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants like polyphenols, which protect your body from damage. In fact, a study compared 26 spices, and cinnamon had the most antioxidants, even over garlic and oregano.
- Cinnamon Helps with Inflammation: Cinnamon tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can help your body fight infections and repair tissue damage.
- Cinnamon Is Heart Healthy: There’s evidence that links cinnamon to a reduced risk of heart disease as well as the ability to reduce levels of cholesterol.
- Cinnamon Helps Control Insulin: Insulin is essential for transporting blood sugar. Cinnamon tea can dramatically reduce your insulin resistance so that you can have lower blood sugar levels.
- Cinnamon Is Good for Your Brain: There are two compounds found in cinnamon that appear to inhibit the buildup of a brain protein call tau. Tau is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Cinnamon can also help protect neurons for reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease.
- Cinnamon Tea May Protect Against Cancer: Cinnamon has been widely studied for cancer prevention and treatment. There’s evidence that suggests that it can reduce the growth of cancer cells, and it may even be toxic to them.
- Cinnamon is Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal: Cinnamaldehyde, the main component of cinnamon, may help fight various types of infections including respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. It also inhibits the growth of bacteria like Listeria and Salmonella.