You use cinnamon heavily throughout fall, but are you aware of its health benefits?
This seasonal spice doesn't only perfect your pumpkin pastries. It can also contribute to your overall health and well-being! Read on to learn about a few of the many benefits of cinnamon:
1. It can help manage Type 2 diabetes
A small controlled study by Ting Lu and colleagues at the Xuhui District Central Hospital in Shanghai found that participants who took a high dose of cinnamon extract experienced a drop in their average glucose levels. Because of this, the researchers concluded that cinnamon could be a supplement for managing Type 2 diabetes.
2. It's high in antioxidants
Organic Authority said cinnamon's organic compound cinnamaldehyde is to thank for its powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties. Its characteristics give the spice its positive reputation for protecting the body, according to Lori Kenyon Farley, a certified nutrition consultant said.
"Cinnamon's high concentration of antioxidants can help protect the body from damage from free radicals and reduce inflammation, reducing risk of cancer and other diseases," she said.
3. It may relieve symptoms of Alzheimer's
By now you understand that cinnamon has an impact on your physical well-being. But did you know it has an influence on the way your brain functions? A team of researchers led by Michael Ovadia from Tel Aviv University tested an ingredient in cinnamon, CEppt, on lab mice born with genes associated with Alzheimer's disease. Not only did the mice who received the cinnamon extract show an improvement in learning and memory, the amount of plaques on their brains had also reduced.
The researchers concluded that cinnamon may be able to slow the growth of Alzheimer's disease or reduce one's chance of developing it at all.
How to add more cinnamon to your diet
Adding more cinnamon to your diet can improve your overall well-being in more ways than one. Consider these simple and scrumptious tips to reap the benefits of the seasonal spice:
- Sprinkle cinnamon in your morning coffee.
- Swirl cinnamon in your oatmeal or granola.
- Add a dash of cinnamon to your favorite fruits.
Remember: While cinnamon cannot cure chronic conditions and diseases, it may help to relieve the symptoms.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living