5 Healthy Reasons to Use More Cinnamon This Season
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5 Healthy Reasons to Use More Cinnamon This Season

Dr. Don Colbert — Divine Health
Sep 28, 2018

Once the fall and winter seasons begin, a certain special spice starts appearing more in colder-weather recipes. That would be cinnamon!

Humans have been using cinnamon as a spice for many years—as early as Ancient Egypt—and it was once regarded very valuable. Today, it gives desserts, meals, and drinks a wholesome, festive aroma many of us love. But did you know there are actually health benefits of cinnamon too?

Top 5 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

That’s right—you can enjoy cinnamon and all your favorite fall spices while also supporting your health. Here are some of the top ways cinnamon is great, plus some benefits of other popular fall spices.

  1. Contributes Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Chronic inflammation in the body can lead to disease and illness over time, so consuming anti-inflammatory foods can help fight harmful inflammation.

Some studies have shown cinnamon to have strong anti-inflammatory activity due to its antioxidant content [1,2]. Adding some cinnamon to an already healthy dish is a great one-two punch to inflammation in the body.

  1. Provides Extra Antioxidant Power

Free radicals in your body can lead to oxidative damage, which can lead to disease. Cinnamon contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help protect you from that oxidative damage.

In fact, cinnamon has been found to have one of the highest antioxidant capacities, along with cloves and oregano, when compared with 25 other spices [3].

In addition, having two tablespoons of an antioxidant-rich spice like cinnamon has been found to increase antioxidant activity by 13 percent!

  1. Helps Fight Insulin Resistance

A common sign of type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome is insulin resistance—when your body becomes resistant to the effects of the hormone insulin that helps carry blood sugar into your cells.

Cinnamon may help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce resistance so your body can lower blood sugar levels more effectively [4]. (More on that below.)

  1. Supports Healthier Blood Sugar

By helping to boost insulin sensitivity, as mentioned above, cinnamon has also been shown to:

  • Increase insulin response by around 20 percent
  • Decrease blood sugar levels after eating
  • Lower fasting blood sugar levels by 18-29 percent [5]

Plus, when you consume cinnamon, it can impede certain digestive enzymes that are active after a meal. This can slow carbohydrate breakdown in the gut [6].

  1. Fights Harmful Bacteria

One of the most active ingredients that provides many health benefits of cinnamon is cinnamaldehyde.

Cinnamaldehyde occurs naturally in cinnamon tree bark and is what gives cinnamon that wonderful odor and flavor we love.

But cinnamaldehyde isn’t just pleasant to smell and taste…

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