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The Positive Health Effects of Cinnamon

Updated on May 1, 2013
Cinnamon stick bundles.
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Just Add Cinnamon: The Super Spice of Life

Before you reach for the sugar and sprinkle it over your cereal and add it to a morning cup of coffee, stop, think, and re-analyze. Sugar is known to cause diabetes, obesity, increase your appetite, and spike your insulin levels ultimately making you ravenous, fat, and fatigued later on. So, put the sugar aside and reach for the cinnamon instead. This super spice not only packs a flavorful punch, but it aids one in overall health, and even weight-loss. So, forget the sugar, and just add cinnamon. Cinnamon not only tastes good and provides a sweet and savory flavor that can be included in any dish, but there are so many health benefits of cinnamon that there is no reason why people would not include this spice of life in their everyday diet.

The Health Benefits of Cinnamon

There are some many health benefits of cinnamon that will aid anyone is a healthier, fit, and more active lifestyle. Some of the benefits of cinnamon go unnoticed in many peoples day to day lives, but cinnamon has many positive health effects that will affect ones life in many positive ways, aiding one in becoming healthier and happier with themselves, their bodies, and even their minds.

The benefits of cinnamon include (but are not limited to):

  • Cinnamon contains fiber, iron, manganese, and calcium.

  • Cinnamon is known to help prevent or even treat bacterial and fungal infections, such as yeast infections.

  • Cinnamon reduces the pain that is associated with arthritis.

  • Cinnamon is effective in reducing menstrual pains and helps with infertility issues. Cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, and studies have shown that this chemical decreases testosterone production and increases progesterone, helping womens hormones become more balanced.

  • With only ½ teaspoon of cinnamon everyday one can lower the bad cholesterol in ones body.

  • Cinnamon has an anti-clogging effect on the blood in ones body.

  • Consuming (and even the smell) of cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

  • Cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices (and other foods and beverages).

  • Cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage which makes it a natural food preservative.

  • Cinnamon helps prevent and treat (and is a natural remedy) the pain that is associated with headaches and migraines.

  • Cinnamon can help prevent or control type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon is an insulin mimicker, and helps keep blood sugar levels in control.

  • Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory which can reduce chances of heart disease.

  • Cinnamon may reduce the proliferation of cancerous cells.

Cinnamon and Weight Loss

Cinnamon has a plethora of health benefits that promotes healthy living to all of those who consume it on a daily basis. Not only does cinnamon help promote a healthier life, but it also aids one on the journey of weight loss and weight management.

There are many reasons why cinnamon is beneficial to weight loss. Some of those reason include (but are not limited to):

  • Cinnamon decreases blood sugar. When ones blood sugar is constantly spiking from food (mostly food known as “junk food” high in processed sugar) one will more than likely gain weight or find it difficult to lose weight and/or maintain weight. Keeping blood sugar levels normal and at bay will allow one to lose extra weight.

  • Just as cinnamon regulates blood sugar levels, it also aids one in stabilizing insulin levels as well. Insulin levels are directly connected with ones blood sugar levels. Maintaining insulin levels is important to aid one in weight loss and weight maintenance and cinnamon provides one with that aid (when it is combined with a healthy diet).

  • When one consumes cinnamon it causes a chemical reaction in ones body when it is digested. This reaction speeds up ones metabolism to balance the body because when cinnamon is consumed it raises ones body temperature and produces heat within the body when cinnamon is digested. When ones metabolism speeds up it allows one to burn more calories and one can lose weight.

How to use Cinnamon to Aid in Weight Loss

When one decides to replace sugar with cinnamon one is making the choice to make better food choices and live a healthier lifestyle. One can use cinnamon in many different ways, adding it to healthy foods to provide an extra boost with every bite. One can buy ground cinnamon, cinnamon stick, and/or cinnamon supplements to incorporate into their everyday healthy diet to aid in one in their weight loss journey. One can sprinkle some ground cinnamon on their morning bowl of all natural cereal or oatmeal, in their plain, non-fat Greek yogurt, in their morning cup of black coffee or chai tea, one can sprinkle cinnamon on fruit and even include it in healthier meatloaf recipes. Cinnamon has a mild and sweet flavor that pairs easily with any health food. One can add a cinnamon stick to any beverage. Add a cinnamon stick to coffee, tea, smoothies, etc. Another option for someone who lives a busy an active lifestyle are natural cinnamon supplements that one can buy over the counter and take as directed on the box (before anyone consumes any type of supplement they should speak to their doctor for supplements may interfere with certain medications and health conditions). There is no specific preference how to consume cinnamon (it is all personal preferences and lifestyle differences that will decide how one consumes it) as long as one adds cinnamon to their diet and consumes it on a regular basis it will provide one with many great health benefits aiding one into a healthier lifestyle.

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      Lulu 

      4 years ago

      I've heard that cinnamon induces periods, as in speeds up the menstrual cycle. True?

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hello JamiJay - Excellent hub and very useful information. Diabetes runs in my family, so we have embraced cinnamon for its various beneficial effects, especially on blood sugar levels. I take a cinnamon capsule every day and also look for ways to work it into my cooking.

      I don't keep syrup, jelly or jam in the house -- way too much sugar. But I do make and can my own fruit butters. I began twenty years ago with Apple Butter - which is after all just applesauce (all fruit), a little sugar (you can control the amount) and CINNAMON! I don't cook it that long and it doesn't turn that dark color - but I have found that my children and grandchildren (adults, too) love it. They use it on everything you would use jelly or syrup on.

      Over the years I have developed recipes for Apricot butter, Peach and Blueberry Butter, and most recently Cranberry / Apple Butter and Rasberry / Orange Butter. Each of these has cinnamon or ginger or both in them. Great Hib. Sharing. Theresa

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      Shariful Islam 

      5 years ago from Bangladesh

      Very interesting and useful tips ;have a great day.

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      lesliebyars 

      5 years ago

      I never realized how much help cinnamon was for us. Great hub filled with informative information.

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