Considered a super-food, the health benefits of cinnamon are numerous. Ahhh… Cinnamon… who loves this aromatic season? The crisp, snowy air, and the fresh pine scent of Christmas trees. And let’s not forget the spicy aroma of cinnamon sticks in mulled apple cider!
The health benefits of cinnamon have been known for centuries. Its colorful written history starts with the Chinese. They have been using it medicinally in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 3,000 years. And the ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming process as well. It was even once used as currency. And it was so valuable (worth five times more than silver) that wars were fought over it.
So what are some of the health benefits of cinnamon?
- Its anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe muscle and joint pain including arthritis and menstrual cramps.
- It contains phytochemicals that are anti-microbial and anti-fungal and has been shown to work well in treating candida.
- This carminative herb is great for digestive function. It can help relieve gas, and nausea while also boosting low appetites.
- Cinnamon also contains active ingredients which mimic insulin function and can help to reduce blood sugar* as well as LDL cholesterol.
Because it has so many health benefits, I try to add it to my meals every day. It gives a nice flavor to everything from oatmeal to stir-fries, vegetable stew, and chili.
*Because it can affect blood sugar and insulin levels, be sure to check with your healthcare practitioner before you start eating mega-doses of cinnamon. Especially if you currently take insulin or other blood sugar medication.
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