I love about this aromatic season—the crisp, snowy air, the fresh pine scent of Christmas trees, the spicy aroma of cinnamon sticks in hot apple cider. Considered a super-food, the health benefits of cinnamon are impressive.
The health benefits of cinnamon have been known for centuries. Its colorful history starts with the Chinese have been using it medicinally for over 3,000 years, and the ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming process. It was once used as currency, and was so valuable (worth five-times more than silver) that wars were fought over it.
So what are some of the health benefits of cinnamon?
- Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help sooth muscle and joint pain including arthritis and menstrual cramps.
- Cinnamon contains phytochemicals which are anti-microbial and anti-fungal, and has been shown to work well in treating candida.
- Cinnamon is a carminative and is great for digestive function. It can help relieve gas, and nausea while also boosting low appetites.
- Cinnamon contains active ingredients which mimic insulin function and can help to reduce blood sugar* as well as LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
Because there are so many health benefits of cinnamon, I try to add it to my meals every day. It gives a nice flavor to everything from oatmeal to stir-fries, vegetable stew and chili.
*Cinnamon can affect blood sugar and insulin, so check with your doctor before you start eating mega-doses of cinnamon if you currently take insulin or other blood sugar medicine.