Remember your new year resolutions? How are you doing in keeping to them? If they included taking care of yourself by eating better, then read on. Today’s blog is the second in a four-part series on the amazing benefits some easy-to-find foods that are found all around us. I want to bring greater awareness of the intrinsic properties these foods possess that support our health and well-being.
This blog focuses on the health benefits of cinnamon. Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum, which is typically an evergreen tree that has oval-shaped leaves, a thick bark, and berry fruit. It’s the bark and leaves are the primary parts of the plant that are harvested to create this spice. Cinnamon has beneficial elements known for centuries. It was such a highly prized spice that it was valued as a gift for kings, queens and Gods. Cinnamon is used in Portuguese, Turkish and Persian cuisine, and used in chocolate especially in Mexico. It’s used in chicken and lamb dishes, to flavour breakfast cereals, to enhance bread and fruit recipes, and in holiday drinks.
How does cinnamon tea benefit our health?
Cinnamon is chock full of antioxidants
- Cinnamon bark contains compounds that boast antioxidant activity. Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative stress caused by free radicals linked to chronic disease such as heart disease and cancer as well as premature aging.
Cinnamon protects Heart & Brain Health
- Consuming cinnamon tea may help lower your risk of heart disease and high cholesterol, a leading killer in most of the world. It can improve blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity, an important consideration for those who live with diabetes. Cinnamon tea protects the brain from neurological disease such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, by inhibiting the emergence of tau which are proteins that become defective and lead to symptoms including dementia.
Cinnamon decreases inflammation
- Cinnamon tea decreases inflammation, which can cause a host of health problems including blood clots and heart attack. Inflammation can also cause or worsen pain symptoms and damage human tissue.
Cinnamon boosts immunity
- Like many teas, cinnamon tea can help boost the immune system and fend off pathogens that can make you sick. Cinnamon inhibits the growth and spread of bacteria that can help fend off bad breath as well as the common cold and flu.
Go get some cinnamon tea!