Cinnamon is a popular, readily available spice that, these days is in almost every Thanksgiving inspired drink, dessert and food you can think of, but what are the benefits?
This post is going to take you through the benefits of cinnamon, the best type and how to use it.
Benefits of Cinnamon:
- Antioxidant Properties: Cinnamon is loaded with several antioxidant properties which are shown to be even better than those found in garlic and oregano.
- Anti- Inflammatory properties: it helps to fight infection and repair damaged tissue.
- Helps to lower blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect: this is possible because of the effects cinnamon has on insulin level in the body as well as slowing the digestion of carbohydrates therefore decreasing the amount of glucose that enters into the blood stream at one time.
- Helps fight bacterial and fungal infections
What Kind of Cinnamon Should We Use?
First of all, not all cinnamon is created equally. The best/ purest form of cinnamon and the one with the most health benefits is “true” cinnamon or Ceylon Cinnamon NOT the Cassia cinnamon which in high doses can be more harmful than beneficial. Most of the cinnamon found in grocery stores is, unfortunately, cassia cinnamon. However this is good to use if you are using it sparingly or occasionally. If you are a cinnamon lover and cannot be with out it, we suggest Celyon Cinnamon, which can be found at health food or organic grocery stores.
The Best Ways to Use Cinnamon For Health & Weight Loss:
Brew the cinnamon: take the cinnamon sticks and break into pieces, add to water and bring to a slow boil. Allow to boil for a few minute. Turn off the heat and allow the cinnamon to steep for 15 minutes. Enjoy.