Friday, November 27, 2015

Top 5 Health Benefits of Cinnamon



Cinnamon is a delicious and versatile spice.  But did you know that is has many health benefits as well? 

There are 2 varieties of cinnamon:
            Ceylon Cinnamon: This is true cinnamon.
            Cassia Cinnamon: This is the common variety found in most stores.
The Ceylon variety is lower in Coumarin, a compound which can cause liver damage when consumed in large doses.  If you can find the Ceylon variety it is a better option.

Here are my top 5 benefits:

1. Blood Sugar Balance
Cinnamon has been shown to reduce insulin resistance; a key to achieving proper blood sugar balance.  Cinnamon also lowers blood sugar levels by slowing glucose from entering the bloodstream.

The anti-diabetic effects of cinnamon can lower fasting blood sugar levels by up to 10-29%, when 0.5 – 2 teaspoons of cinnamon is consumed per day

Tip:  When eating sweet foods, add some cinnamon to slow the effect of the sugar on your system. 

Neuro-Protective
Compounds in cinnamon have been found to inhibit the buildup of Tau proteins in the brain.  These Tau proteins are associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons Disease. 

Anti-Inflammatory 
Inflammation is an underlying issue with all disease states.  Any tool to help lower inflammation is beneficial. 

Anti-Oxidant
Loaded with powerful antioxidants that protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

Cinnamon has an ORAC value of 267536 umol TE/100g making it one of the top seven anti-oxidants in the world!  

Anti-Microbial
The main active component of cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde, has been shown to be fight bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.  It is also effective in fighting tooth decay and bad breath.

Tip:  for a natural mouthwash, use 1-2 drops of cinnamon essential oil in a mouthful of water.  Swish and gargle in mouth for at least 1 minute then spit out.  You can also drink cinnamon tea at the first sign of a sore throat.