The five wonders of cinnamon

This well-known spice is so popular in any part of the world, famous for his easiness to blend with a variety of flavors – with other teas, spices, fruits and herbs. Cinnamon is a miraculous spice full of magically good things – for your body, your mind and your spirit! Here are just a few of the benefits that you gain from cinnamon.

“Anti” Cinnamon

Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It fights viruses such as cold and flu; prevents the growth of all the harmful bacteria in the body (one example being Escherichia coli), fights all the infections. Cinnamon is also well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, diabetes, infertility, obesity, osteoporosis and heart diseases, they are all linked to chronic inflammation that only makes things more difficult and unpleasant. Cinnamon is a healthy and tasty way to fight and protect against the potentially destructive effects of inflammation.

Antioxidants

Cinnamon is filled with potent antioxidants – more than almost all other spices and herbs. Just one teaspoon of ground cinnamon has as many antioxidants as ½ cup of blueberries! Antioxidants, on the other hand, protect us from the effects of free radicals, prevent and fight chronic diseases (like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis) and reduce the signs of aging that bother us so much (wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity).

Cholesterol

You can fight the bad cholesterol levels being too high with the cinnamon. In one study, volunteers ate from 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon for 40 days. One gram of ground cinnamon is about half a teaspoon. Researchers found that cinnamon reduced cholesterol by about 18%, and blood sugar levels by 24%.

Circulation

Cinnamon improves circulation. Poor circulation can affect the body in so many ways, from varicose veins to constipation to painful joints.

Weight loss

Cinnamon has the reputation of a weight-loss property. Not only the cinnamon boosts metabolism, but it also helps the digestive track work the proper way, which is essential for weight loss. As cinnamon also stabilizes blood sugar levels, you feel satiated and have fewer cravings.

Sweet, soothing, spicy, and a little bit exotic… Cinnamon is versatile an much loved, a favorite not only in sweet and savory dishes, but in tea, as well!