by: Melissa A. Kay
Cinnamon is undeniably delicious and is a favorite spice among those seeking a hint of sweetness and zest in their favorite beverages and foods. Whether you sprinkle cinnamon over your frothy cappuccino, blend into smoothies, bake into cookies, swirl into oatmeal, or add a new twist to savory dishes, cinnamon is a versatile and delicious spice that's used regularly by anyone from the "Average Joe" to the seasoned (pun intended) gourmet chef.
But did you know that cinnamon offers far more than just great flavor? It is also a must-have for your health in more ways than one. Here are 3 reasons you should incorporate more cinnamon into your diet. Not only will your food and drinks taste better, but you'll improve your overall health and well-being while dining deliciously!
Cuts the risk of cancer
So many lives have been affected by cancer. Whatever we can do to prevent our chances of suffering is worth a try, particularly when the step is all-natural.
As per Authority Nutrition, "Cinnamon has been widely studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment. (In test tube experiments and animal studies), it acts by reducing the growth of cancer cells and the formation of blood vessels in tumors, and appears to be toxic to cancer cells, causing cell death."
Dr. Axe notes, "This is especially true in the colon; studies show that cinnamon can improve the health of the colon, thereby reducing the risk of colon cancer. In the future it may be useful to supplement with cinnamon extract for those who are at higher risks for cancer."
Boosts brain power
We all want to stay sharp and on top of our game for as long as possible. As we age, some cognitive decline is expected, but cinnamon may just help slow down this process and keep our minds strong for the long haul.
According to Dr. Axe, "Research also shows that a benefit of cinnamon's protective antioxidant properties is that they can help defend the brain against developing neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. It activates neuro-protective proteins that protect brain cells from mutation and undergoing damage."
Organic Authority adds, "Cinnamon has been shown to help neurons and improve motor function in those suffering from Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. These contributions can help sufferers of these two diseases continue their regular routines with far less impediment."
Heals the heart
Heart disease is one of the biggest killers worldwide for both men and women. Cinnamon consumption can help reduce the risk of heart ailments and disease.
As per Authority Nutrition, "Cinnamon has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease, the world's most common cause of premature death. It reduces levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides and has been found to reduce blood pressure."
In addition, Dr. Axe explains, "Research shows that cinnamon is a helpful blood coagulant and prevents bleeding by helping the body to form blood clots. Cinnamon also increases blood circulation and advances bodily tissue's ability to repair itself after it's been damaged from heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke."
Some other important reasons to eat more cinnamon:
- Defends against diabetes
- Is an anti-inflammatory food
- Fights infection
- Keeps skin clearer
- Attacks against allergies
- Maintains oral health
- Has anti-fungal properties