Everyone has cinnamon in their pantry. It’s such a commonly used spice, that we don’t think about all it’s health benefits. You may think cinnamon is another ingredient in your baked goods. But, this spice is actually one little powerhouse!
Cinnamon comes from part of the Cinnamomum tree. The health benefits can come from its pure bark, essential oils and bark powder. Bark powder is actually the ground spice form we most commonly think of cinnamon.
Researchers have found tons of health perks in cinnamon. It has been used in medicine for thousands of years. Researchers actually ranked cinnamon #1 for its protective antioxidant levels.1 Cinnamon is top when compared to 26 other popular herbs and spices from around the world!
Antioxidant Gold Mine
This spice is packed with 41 identified types of antioxidants! Holy cannoli! That’s a lot of little nutrition warriors fighting to reduce free radical damage and the aging process! Polyphenols, phenolic acid and flavonoids to save the day! In fact, cinnamon ranks #7 of all foods, spices and herbs from anywhere in the world!2 How ‘bout them apples & cinnamon?!
Inflammation has been tied to increased risk of diabetes and cancer. Luckily, studies found 7 highly effective inflammation fighting compounds in cinnamon.3 More inflammation fighters = less inflammation and a decreased risk of disease.
For the Smell of It
No doubt, cinnamon supports a healthy lifestyle. It’s sweet and warm scent can increase alertness, lower feelings of frustration, and decreased fatigue ratings. If you have a stressful commute, keep cinnamon scents in your car!
So Many More Benefits!
Cinnamon has also been shown to have the following benefits:
- antifungal effects
- anticancer effects
- increased HDL positive cholesterol effects
- anti-diabetes effects
- immune boosting effects
- dental health benefits
- helps improve skin health
Did you know that the compounds in cocoa powder, a.k.a. chocolate, can actually boost the bioavailability or effectiveness of cinnamon’s benefits?! Hence, why I added the chocolate-covered cacao nibs to the oatmeal bowl. 😜
How to Use Cinnamon?
My favorite way to use this little spice is to sprinkle some on my morning hot cereal. A little goes a long way! I also love adding some to my fresh-pressed juice. Why not add some to your tea or golden milk? Why not try this recipe?!
Want to learn more about superfoods, like cinnamon, with science-backed benefits? My KTF Nutrition Plan is packed full of information to provide you with the healthiest, nutrient-dense meals. Plus, I tell you when to eat them to get the most bang for your buck!