The Power of Cinnamon

I LOVE CINNAMON! 

One of my Top 5 Tips to a Sugar Free Lifestyle just so happens to be to use natural spices, like cinnamon to help sweeten things. When you give up sugar, earth produced foods become so much more sweet. Things like fruit, nuts, and cinnamon! 

My two favorite uses of cinnamon are to add flavor to my coffee, and in just about everything I bake! I seriously don't think you can go wrong with adding some cinnamon to baked goods. So I do it! 

Plus cinnamon is a POWERHOUSE! Here's what all cinnamon is capable of doing...

1) CINNAMON MAY REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE

Which if you didn't know....heart disease is the leading cause of premature death, so that's a BIG deal! Many times this can come down to the way we treat our body and what we are fueling our body with. 

So just by adding extra cinnamon to your diet: coffee, smoothies, etc. you are helping to decrease the change of heart disease! (a suggested 120 milligrams or 3/4 of a teaspoon per day is said to help)

2) Cinnamon is Loaded with Antioxidants

Antioxidants are one of the first lines of defense that the body employs to keep free radicals in check and prevent them from causing a domino effect of damage on other cells.

And cinnamon is full of them! It even beats out super foods like oregano and garlic! 

3) Cinnamon Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties

When inflammation becomes a chronic problem in the body, cinnamon can help by providing anti-inflammatory activity which can help lower the possibility of disease.

4) CINNAMON LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

Cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal. It does this by slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates. 

This is great because it decreases those highs and lows that we get when we are addicted to sugar. 

Add a little cinnamon to your steel cut oatmeal or your tea or coffee. Studies show that diabetic patients who had just 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon daily saw their blood sugar plunge by 30 percent and had lower cholesterol levels and fewer lipids in their blood.
— JJ Virgin

5) CINNAMON HELPS TO FIGHT BACTERIAL INFECTIONS

The main component is cinnamon is called Cinnamaldehyde.  This has properties that can help fight all sorts of infections, including the bacteria found in Listeria and Salmonella.