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Cinnamon Health Benefits

The cinnamon is a spice from Asia, specifically Sri Lanka. It is widely used in cooking as a condiment and flavoring due to its fragrant aroma and sweet, warm taste. Used especially in dessert recipes, cinnamon is present in spicy cakes, apple pies and sweets. However, it is also widely used as a condiment for the preparation of beverages such as teas, coffees, liqueurs and hot cocoa.

In Mexico, the main importer of cinnamon, the spice is widely used in the preparation of chocolates. In Persian cuisine, cinnamon powder is used to enhance the flavor of some dishes, such as thick soups and sweets. In the Middle East, it is mostly used in savory lamb or chicken dishes, while in the United States, cinnamon is used together with sugar to flavor dishes made from cereals and breads. In Turkish cuisine, it is used to prepare both sweet and savory dishes. In addition to giving food flavor, cinnamon also helps in their conversation, due to its antimicrobial action.

What are the nutrients in cinnamon?

Cinnamon has several nutrients in its composition, including chromium, which is responsible for improving insulin sensitivity and glycemic control. It benefits people who have diabetes. Another nutrient present in the spice is the polyphenol MHCP. It works by improving the action of insulin in cells, which consequently helps to regulate blood glucose levels.

Rich in phenolic compounds, cinnamon has antioxidant activity, that is, it acts by neutralizing free radicals and, consequently, preventing premature aging, as well as degenerative diseases and tumors. Due to the presence of caryophyllene, the spice also has an anti-inflammatory action, being very suitable for people who suffer from inflammatory problems such as obesity.

What are the main benefits of cinnamon?

Due to the presence of several nutrients, cinnamon offers a series of benefits to those who consume it. It helps in preventing and fighting diabetes and helps with weight loss. In addition, the food helps reduce total and bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions. Learn about the six main benefits of cinnamon:

  1. Prevention and control of diabetes

According to a study published in the US Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, cinnamon may contribute to increased sugar metabolism in fat cells. This means that it helps prevent type 2 diabetes as well as cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, as we have already mentioned, cinnamon has among its nutrients chromium, which is responsible for increasing insulin sensitivity. Thus, there is a greater chance that those who consume it create resistance to the hormone and, consequently, to the disease.

Chromium also acts to improve glycemic control, which helps to prevent spikes in blood glucose in the body. Thus, the pancreas produces less insulin, which prevents the organs from becoming resistant to the hormone, without requiring more of the substance for the body to absorb the same amount of sugar.

Cinnamon also has in its composition the polyphenol MCHP, which acts to improve the action of insulin in cells. In this way, it helps to lower blood glucose levels. Thus, it is possible to affirm that cinnamon is a great ally for the control of type 2 diabetes.

  1. Cholesterol Control

According to a study released by the American Diabetes Association, United States, cinnamon has benefits that contribute to the reduction of total and bad cholesterol. The researchers came to the conclusion after observing the consumption of cinnamon by 60 people for 40 days. When using cinnamon on a daily basis, the spice contributed to a decrease in total cholesterol between 12 and 26%. With respect to bad cholesterol, also known as LDL, the decrease ranged from 7 to 27%. This is believed to be due to the spice’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions.

  1. Triglyceride control

The same survey released by the American Diabetes Association, of the United States, also noted that there was a decrease in people’s triglyceride levels, a reduction that ranged from 23 to 30%. High levels of triglycerides can lead to the development of diabetes and coronary heart disease.

  1. Fighting Colds

Cinnamon has an immunomodulating effect, which means that it contributes to improving the body’s response against viruses that cause colds and flu. Thus, it is possible to state that the spice acts by stimulating the immune system and, consequently, its consumption is indicated for people with colds.

  1. weight loss assistance

The spice is considered a thermogenic food, that is, it can increase our body’s caloric expenditure during the metabolic process and digestion. Therefore, we can say that it contributes to weight loss. In addition, the mug has an anti-inflammatory action, which means that its consumption is indicated for people who are obese, as they are considered to have chronic inflammation.

  1. Antioxidant action

The phenolic compounds present in cinnamon have an antioxidant action, that is, they act by neutralizing free radicals. The benefits lie in preventing premature aging, as well as tumors and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

How to consume cinnamon?

There are no nutritional differences between the consumption of cinnamon stick or powder. The spice can be consumed with fruits, vegetables and meats, as well as being placed in juices and teas. It can also be used for the preparation of sweets such as oatmeal, corn cural and rice pudding. Check out possible combinations with the spice:

  • Cinnamon and Ginger

The combination is powerful for those who are having a cold or want to prevent the onset of the problem, as cinnamon works by stimulating the immune system, while ginger has an anti-inflammatory action, which helps to treat coughs and infections in the respiratory tract. The combination of foods also helps to boost the body’s energy expenditure, as both are thermogenic.

  • Cinnamon and rice pudding

According to a survey published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, from the United States, the consumption of rice pudding with cinnamon helps to reduce insulin levels after meals and increase the hormone GLP-1, which acts by stimulating the secretion of insulin.

Cinnamon Recipes

Cinnamon can be used in the preparation of different recipes. Check out a recipe for apple cake with cinnamon and two teas.

  • Apple Cake With Cinnamon

To prepare the cake, you will need two cups of sugar, one cup of oil (preferably for canola or corn), four whole eggs, two cups of all-purpose flour, three peeled and chopped apples, one tablespoon of yeast for cake, a coffee spoon of ground cinnamon, raisins to taste and sugar and cinnamon to spread.

First, blend the sugar together with the oil and eggs in a blender. Then place the mixture in a bowl and pour in the flour, mixing until the dough has an even consistency. Add the yeast, cinnamon, raisins and chopped apples to the mixture and bake in the oven. The best thing is to use a hole shape in the middle, greased with sugar and cinnamon beforehand. Bake on low heat for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  • Cinnamon tea

To prepare cinnamon tea you need a liter of water and four cinnamon sticks. The first step is to put the two ingredients in a pan and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Afterwards, discard the cinnamon sticks and use only the water. Tea can be drunk hot or cold to accompany meals. To vary the flavor a little, you can add 1 cm of ginger root.

  • banana and cinnamon tea

Banana and cinnamon tea is a great ally for those looking for a deep night’s sleep, as it facilitators digestion. The best thing is to drink the tea one hour before bedtime. To prepare it you will need a banana, half a spoonful of cinnamon (about 5-10g) and a liter of water.

The first step in preparing the tea is to bring the water to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients. Wash the banana well to remove as much of the pesticides used as possible, but don’t peel it, just cut the ends off. Then put the fruit in boiling water and leave for about 20 minutes. Afterwards, turn off the heat, strain the mixture and add the amount of cinnamon you want.


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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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