One of the best-known, most used and tastiest spices out there, cinnamon has since the ancient times been known for its unique scent, as well as its beneficial properties. Certainly, it can be a great addition to both sweet and salty culinary creations, yet its aroma is not the only reason why you should make cinnamon one of your favorite ingredients in your every day dishes.
1) It fills you with energy.
Is your daily routine leaving you with a feeling of weakness? Cinnamon, because of the high levels of manganese that it contains, can be used to give you the energy boost you crave. Just sprinkle a little cinnamon powder on your cappuccino, or even better over an apple with honey, and you will immediately feel the energy flowing in your veins.
2) It is beneficial for your brain.
The smell of cinnamon is enough to increase the alertness of the brain and activate centers related to cognition. In addition, it can prove effective against nervous tension, memory loss or lack of concentration. Chew a cinnamon-scented gum and reap the benefits.
3) It can help you drop those nagging pounds!
By increasing blood circulation it gives your metabolic rate a boost that can help you achieve your weight-loss goals. What is more, just the right intake of this particular spice, has the ability to suppress cravings and control the feeling of hunger.
4) It’s a true weapon against diabetes.
Among the best-known and most valuable properties of cinnamon, there’s the ability to regulate blood sugar. For people with type 2 diabetes it can prove a great ally, as it can reduce the body’s resistance to insulin, thus helping maintain healthy blood sugar levels. It should also be used by pre-diabetic patients as a means of prevention. A daily dose of 1 to 6 grams is recommended (one teaspoon of cinnamon is about 4 grams).
5) It helps digestion.
As the Chinese have known for hundreds of years, the anti-bacterial properties of cinnamon are excellent for combating disease in the digestive system, and fight nausea, bloating, even diarrhea. It’s also helpful in the digestion of dairy products. Try topping your yogurt with cinnamon or adding the spice to a warm cup of milk with honey.