Cinnamon….Not just a holiday spice?
Did you know that cinnamon is not just the smell and taste of the holidays but has many medicinal properties as well?
I love adding cinnamon to my coffee, on top of my steel cut oats, or over my peanut butter snacks. I'll Sprinkle some on my fruit or add it to my spaghetti or butternut squash.
There are so many ways to use this great tasting spice but it also has many health benefits as well! It’s a win win!!!
Cinnamaldehyde is a compound found in cinnamon and it is what's responsible for cinnamons effects on health and nutrition.
Did you know a teaspoon of cinnamon has as much antioxidants as a half a cup of blueberries!! I know its impressive right! There are so many other health benefits of this feel-good spice. Here is a list of just some of its additional perks.
*Contains large amounts of highly powerful antioxidants.
*Has an anti-inflammatory effect, which may help lower the risk of disease.
*Slows stomach emptying, which curbs the sharp rise in blood sugar following meals, improving the effectiveness and sensitivity of insulin.
*Can help improve some risk factors of heart disease such as cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
*Can reduce fasting blood sugar levels
*Can enhance cognitive processing, by just smelling it!
Like I said it's a win, win!!
Share with us the ways you enjoy adding cinnamon to your diet.