8 REASONS WHY WE LOVE CINNAMON
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamon cassia) is considered the eternal tree of tropical medicine and is one of the most important spices used daily by people all over the world.
It has been used as an ingredient throughout history, dating back as far as Ancient Egypt.
WE LOVE CINNAMON FOR THE MEDICAL BENEFITS IT PROVIDES TO SUPPORT A HOLISTIC, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. BELOW ARE ONLY 8 OF THE REASONS WE LOVE CINNAMON FOR OUR HEALTH AND VITALITY.
1. WE LOVE CINNAMON BECAUSE IT IS RICH IN NUTRIENTS AND CONTAINS MANY MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Specifically cinnamon contains a lot of manganese, iron, dietary fiber, and calcium. The distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon are due to the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde, which is thought to be responsible for most of cinnamon’s health benefits.
Cinnamon contains polyphenols which protect the body's tissues against oxidative stress and associated pathologies such as cancers, coronary heart disease, and inflammation. It acts as a strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial, and research suggests it has anticancer effects.
Below we cover a few of the most prominent health benefits of cinnamon starting with the research that supports the health benefits of cinnamon for patients with metabolic diseases.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
2. CINNAMON MAY REDUCE CHOLESTEROL LEVEL
According to one review, supplementing with at least 1.5 grams (g), or about 3/4 of a teaspoon (tsp.), of cinnamon per day, was able to reduce levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and blood sugar in people with metabolic disease.
Another review of 13 studies found that cinnamon could reduce triglyceride and total cholesterol levels, both of which are risk factors for heart disease.
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4. CINNAMON MAY MODULATE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS & REDUCE INSULIN RESISTANCE
First, cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of sugar that enters your bloodstream after a meal. It does this by interfering with numerous digestive enzymes, which slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your digestive tract
Second, a compound in cinnamon may mimic the effects of insulin to improve the uptake of sugar into the cells. Numerous human studies have confirmed the beneficial effects of cinnamon, showing that it can lower fasting blood sugar levels and improve hemoglobin A1C, a marker of long-term blood sugar control. The effective dose is typically 1–6 g, or around 0.5–2 tsp. of cinnamon per day
By increasing insulin sensitivity, cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels and support better blood sugar control.
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5. CINNAMON MAY ACT AS A STRONG ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Inflammation is our body’s natural response to infections and injury to repair tissue damage.
However, inflammation can become a problem when it’s chronic and directed against your body’s own tissues. Chronic inflammation is a contributing factor in many age-related diseases.
Studies have found Cinnamon to be one of the most potent anti-inflammatory foods out of 115 foods tested and as such useful in the treatment of age-related inflammatory conditions.
6. CINNAMON MAY PREVENT BACTERIAL AND FUNGAL INFECTIONS
Cinnamaldehyde, one of the main active components of cinnamon, has been found to be beneficial against various kinds of infection.
Studies support cinnamon oil to be beneficial in killing certain fungi that cause respiratory tract infections and also to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria.
The antimicrobial effects of cinnamon may also help prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath.
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7. CINAMON MAY HAVE ANTIVIRAL EFFECT
Some research suggests that cinnamon may help protect against certain viruses and inhibit viral infection.
Additionally some studies have shown that a tablespoon of cinnamon once or twice a day can be effective in eliminating or preventing viruses from infecting humans and causing sickness, such as colds, flu, and even herpes.
8. IT TASTES DELICIOUS!
We use whole organic cinnamon sticks in our signature elderberry syrup products to avoid compromising the health benefits of this medicinal spice. Dehydrated ground spices compromise the potency of the spice. Because we use whole spices you do not need to shake our syrup before consumption. Sedimentation at the bottom of a bottle is a hallmark sign that ground vs whole spices were used in the processing of the product.
In consideration for whole spices not always being available nor preferred we’ve included ways to use both whole and ground cinnamon in your dishes and drinks below.
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Whole Organic Cinnamon Stick
- Use as a stirring stick for your coffee, tea, and cider
- Break up a cinnamon stick to infuse a pot of coffee or tea
- Simmer a cinnamon stick with your oatmeal
- Flavor your broth with a few cinnamon sticks
Ground Organic Cinnamon
- Add a sprinkle to yogurt
- Stir in oatmeal
- Use in rice and stews
- Flavor meats such chicken, beef, pork or lamb
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