Once upon a time, cinnamon was more valuable than gold. And while I’m betting most of us would rather get our hands on 24 karats of gold over 24 ounces of spice, the potential health benefits of cinnamon could be stated as nothing short of astonishing.
It’s possible we’re just brushing the surface here, for Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have long revered cinnamon as a superpower used to treat things such as colds, indigestion and cramps and also believed to improve energy, vitality and circulation.
Ten health benefits associated with this beloved spice that studies have suggested
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
May help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body.
Has anti-fungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.
Can reduce the proliferation of leukaemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
Has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
Honey and Cinnamon combined have been found to relieve arthritis pain.
When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
Fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurised juices.
Can also help stabilise blood sugar (which is great for weight loss). A couple of dashes in your morning tea or cereal is all it takes!
Now, this said, we are absolutely not advocating that you start guzzling cinnamon as it has been found to be toxic in large doses. We are, however, wholeheartedly encouraging a little pinch (or stick) here and there in places you might otherwise have overlooked (in your tea or coffee, added to savoury dishes, etc).