The smell of cinnamon brings back memories of apple pies and other homemade goodies baking in the oven, but, did you know that cinnamon happens to be one of the healthiest spices on the planet? It has a lengthy history of being used in traditional medicine and is currently being studied for its beneficial effects on a variety of ailments.
Here are some of the many health benefits:
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Fights Bacterial and Fungal Infections
- Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
- Protects Against Heart Disease
- Boosts Brain Function
The health benefits of cinnamon are attributed to the type of antioxidants called polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids. These are similar antioxidants to those that can be found in other “superfoods” including berries, red wine, and dark chocolate. These compounds work to fight oxidative stress in the body, which can lead to disease formation when uncontrolled, especially as someone ages. – Dr. Josh Axe, www.draxe.com
You can add cinnamon to your coffee, smoothie or your oatmeal. It pairs wonderfully with sweets but also works wonderfully in tangy, spicy recipes as well. Fall is the perfect time to indulge in this healthy spice. Enjoy!