Health Benefits of Cinnamon

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Cinnamon is a spice that is not only a delicious flavor enhancer, but has also been used medicinally around the world for thousands of years. It is still used daily in many cultures because of its widespread health benefits (1). In a study for twenty-six of the most popular herbs and medicinal spices in the world, cinnamon ranked #1 in terms of its protective antioxidant levels. (2)

The good news is that the benefits are available to you in the ground spice form – yay, so convenient! Researchers have concluded that you can experience the health benefits of cinnamon in many forms; pure cinnamon bark, essential oils, ground spice (which is ground bark), or in extract form (as long as the special phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and antioxidants are isolated).(1)

The compounds in cinnamon make it a very beneficial spice by giving it antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting, cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities.(3)  And a little bit of cinnamon goes a long way. As little as 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive impact on blood sugar levels, digestion, and immunity. Larger doses are also extremely beneficial for improving heart disease risk and cutting risk your for diabetes, cancer, and neuro-degenerative diseases.

13 Proven Health Benefits of Cinnamon

  1. High Source of Antioxidants
  2. Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties
  3. Protects Heart Health
  4. Fights Diabetes
  5. Helps Defend Against Cognitive Decline & Protects Brain Function
  6. May Help Lower Cancer Risk
  7. Fights Infections & Viruses
  8. Protects Dental Health & Freshens Breath Naturally
  9. Can Help Prevent or Cure Candida
  10. Benefits Skin Health
  11. Helps Fight Allergies
  12. Can be Used to Sweeten Recipes without Added Sugar
  13. Can Be Used as a Natural Food Preservative

Read more about these benefits in this article by Dr. Axe.

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