Cinnamon has been used for over 400 years because of its medicinal elements. Did you know it’s even referenced in the bible because of its healing properties? So, why is it so healthy and why should you be adding it to your diet?
5 Top Reasons You Should Have More Cinnamon
Diabetes and weight maintenance
Cinnamon has proven to have positive effects on diabetes. For some, it can be just as good as taking a diabetes drug without the side effects. Additionally, it can help prevent blood sugar spikes and improve sensitivity to hormone insulin. This wonder spice can work to decrease the amount of glucose that enters into the bloodstream after consuming too much sugar; therefore, making it a great resource for diabetics (especially those with type 2 diabetes). Balanced blood sugar levels is extremely important for maintaining energy levels. Adding a pinch may be just what you need to feel that extra kick during your day. Additionally, cinnamon can have positive effects on weight and metabolism because insulin resistance is associated with metabolic syndrome and weight gain. So, adding cinnamon to your diet can essentially help block some glucose from being absorbed into the blood, as we mentioned above.
The antioxidants found in cinnamon have specific anti-inflammatory properties which have been proven to aid with cancer, brain function decline, and heart disease. A 2009 study by CM Cabello, from the Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona, found cinnamon effective in inhibiting cancer - that it actually impaired the growth of melanoma. Cinnamon works to lower swelling and inflammation, which means it can also be used for pain relief and can be used to alleviate muscle soreness, PMS related pain, joint pain, and even allergic reactions.
Infections and viruses (internal and external)
Cinnamon has a ton of virus and illness fighting properties. It is considered a natural anti-viral, anti-microbial, antibiotic, and antifungal all in one! Adding some cinnamon to your diet can be a natural and easy way to fight off nasty viruses and infections. Cinnamon oils can also be used as well to ward off bacteria that cause colds or have negative effects on the skin or digestion. Its antimicrobial benefits make it a great natural remedy for acne and other skin-related issues.
Digestive tract (and other autoimmune disorders)
Due to the antifungal properties in it, cinnamon can reduce the amount of dangerous Candida (the yeast that causes yeast infections and other digestive and autoimmune disorders). Adding cinnamon to your diet can balance out candida yeast levels and can assist in both prevention and treatment of some symptoms.
Teeth and breath
The antibacterial properties in cinnamon can also kill bad breath! Even better, it can prevent tooth decay and cavities naturally! Add a dash to your toothbrush when you brush to freshen your breath and to help prevent gum disease!
5 Easy Ways to Add Cinnamon to Your Day
Cinnamon in the morning
Cinnamon isn’t just nutritious, it’s delicious too! You can use it as a natural sweetener and add it to just about anything! We love adding a dash to our oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, toast, tea, coffee, and smoothies to make sure that we get our daily dose right when we wake up.
VitaCup Genius Blend
Great news! You don’t even have to think about ways to get cinnamon into your diet because we’ve created a delicious coffee blend that already contains it! Our Genius Blend contains cinnamon, turmeric (another amazing spice), and MCT oil, in addition to antioxidants and other essential vitamins. One cup of the Genius Blend and you’ll be on the way to reaping the benefits of cinnamon while barely lifting a finger!
Remarkable food preserver
Because of its antibacterial properties, cinnamon can be used to preserve food naturally. Adding a few dashes to fruit before refrigerating can make it last longer (and even makes it taste sweeter!).
Savory, natural sweetener
Because of its naturally sweet aroma, cinnamon can be used instead of sugars or other artificial sweeteners. Used with some honey, and you don’t need to use anything else!
Rejuvenating facial masks
As mentioned, cinnamon has antimicrobial benefits and can help with acne. Make an at-home, natural mask by combining cinnamon and raw honey together and then applying it to your face for about 10 minutes.
As you can tell, this tasty little spice does a WHOLE lot of good for you! We recommend adding at least a little into your daily food routine to begin getting some of these incredible benefits. Don’t forget, our Genius Blend is another simple and delicious way to make sure you’re getting cinnamon into your diet.