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10 Top Benefits Of Cinnamon

10 Top Benefits Of Cinnamon

Cinnamon

If there is one spice that you probably use regularly for your baked goods, morning cereal, fruit salads and smoothies, it's cinnamon.

But cinnamon is more than an everyday spice - it's a powerful superfood. It reduces your blood sugar, protects your heart, creates glowing skin, lowers your risk of cancer, boosts your brain power and much more.

Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Let's dig deeper into cinnamon and its powerful benefits for your health.

What Is Cinnamon?

Cinnamon is harvested from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree. It is a true superfood and a powerful spice that has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It was already well-known in Ancient Egypt and has even been mentioned in the Bible. Today it's one of the 26 most popular herbs and medicinal spices and is used not only for its delicious unique flavor, but also for its remedying properties. 

Nutritional Benefits Of Cinnamon

Just looking at its nutritional profile, you can see that cinnamon has powerful nutritional benefits. Just 1 tablespoon of cinnamon includes:

  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 68% manganese
  • 8% calcium
  • 4% iron
  • 3% vitamin K

It only has 19 calories and 0 grams of fat, sugar and protein, making it suitable for any diet no matter what macro ratios you prefer.

You don't even have to have a full tablespoon to experience full benefits. As little as half a teaspoon a day can bring positive changes to your blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity, heart health and overall well-being.

What Is Cinnamon Good For?

Bringing you an array of health benefits and powerful nutrients in a dose as small as a teaspoon, cinnamon is a true superfood. Its benefits include reducing your blood sugar, protecting your heart, creating glowing skin, lowering your risk of cancer, boosting your brain power and much more. Let's look at its top benefits one by one. 

Top Benefits Of Cinnamon 

Cinnamon Is Loaded With Antioxidants

There are 41 different protective compounds that have been discovered by scientists as of today. If we are looking at its concentration of antioxidants, cinnamon ranks #7 of all foods, spices and herbs across the world. Being packed with antioxidants, cinnamon can protect your body from free-radical damage and as a result, from cancer and other diseases.

Cinnamon Can Lower Your Blood Sugar And Prevent Diabetes

There are countless studies that have been done on the positive effects of cinnamon on your blood sugar. According to a 1998 study, cinnamon can regulate insulin signals, according to a 2008 study, cinnamon can improve insulin sensitivity and according to a 2009 study, cinnamon can reduce glucose levels. A 2003 study has found that cinnamon can work in the prevention of diabetes, whereas a 2010 study discovered that cinnamon can prevent insulin resistance, meaning it can also help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon Can Boost Your Brain Power

Research has found that cinnamon can provide powerful benefits to your cognitive abilities and memory. According to a 2011 and a 2013 study, cinnamon can help prevent Alzheimer’s. The results of a 2016 study agreed with the cognitive benefits of cinnamon by finding that it can improve your memory and learning abilities.

Cinnamon Can Benefit Your Digestion

Cinnamon is a powerful spice that can benefit your digestive system. According to a 2016 study, cinnamon can help with gastric gas. Moreover, a 2008 study has found that cinnamon can help aid and prevent E. Coli and other foodborne illnesses. Cinnamon can also help relieve nausea.

Cinnamon Can Aid Weight Loss

By improving your digestion and lowering your blood sugar, cinnamon can help you to regulate your appetite, improve your sugar addiction and make healthier choices. All these can help you in achieving your weight loss goals.

Cinnamon Can Protect Your From Colds

2012 research study has found that cinnamon has a powerful ability to boost your immune system and protect your body from infections and bad bugs. It can naturally help your body to fight harmful viruses, bacteria and infections, help you keep colds and the flu away and help you recover faster in case you get sick.

Cinnamon Can Lower Your Blood Pressure And Protect Your Heart

Research has found that cinnamon is a powerful food that can reduce several risk factors that can contribute to cardiovascular illness in your body. According to a 2014 paper, cinnamon can reduce high blood pressure and improve your cholesterol, which can lower your risk of heart disease. Cinnamon can also better your circulation and is a fantastic blood coagulant.

Cinnamon Can Create A Beautiful Skin

Cinnamon is an antibiotic and antimicrobial spice. Used as an essential oil, it can really help your skin with acne and blemishes, creating a beautiful glow. Mixed with honey, another powerful antibiotic food, it can make a fantastic mask or cleanser for your skin. It’s not only your skin that can benefit from cinnamon, but cinnamon essential oil can also help create a stronger, healthier and more shining hair.

Cinnamon Can Fight Headaches And Other Pain

Cinnamon is extremely powerful fighting inflammation in your body and according to various scientific studies, it is fantastic for pain management. It can help those dealing with headaches, muscle soreness, chronic pain and PMS. According to a 2013 study, cinnamon can also be beneficial for PCOS.

Cinnamon Can Protect You From Cancer

Thanks to its high antioxidant content, cinnamon can protect your body against free-radical damage, DNA damage, cell mutation and tumor growth. A 2003 study has found that cinnamon can encourage cancerous cells to self-destruct and inhibit cancer growth. Cinnamon has shown the most evidence in helping those with colon cancer. A 2013 study has shown potential for cinnamon to help those with colorectal cancer.

What Type Of Cinnamon Should I Use?

There are various types of cinnamons out there on the market and it is extremely important for your health to choose Ceylon cinnamon, also known as 'true cinnamon' to enjoy the full benefits without negative health consequences. 

What's The Difference Between Ceylon Cinnamon And Cassia Cinnamon? 

Cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon don't come from the same plant, but similar and related trees. Cassia cinnamon comes from China, whereas Ceylon comes from Sri Lanka and Thailand. Ceylon is less widely available, more expensive, yet better for your health. Their health benefits are similar, however, Ceylon cinnamon seems to be more potent with more health benefits to provide. Ceylon also has far fewer coumarins, which can be toxic to your health in large qualities.

When you are shopping for cinnamon, make sure to buy Ceylon cinnamon from well-trusted organic companies. You can purchase it at health food stores and online. 

By looking at the cinnamon stick at the store, you can easily see the difference between cassia and Ceylon cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon bark is thinner and has multiple layers, whereas cassia is a rougher rolled stick with layers. You can chew on Ceylon cinnamon sticks and can also easily grind them, while cassia cinnamon would be too hard to grind or to chew on. Ceylon is also more expensive. If you are buying powdered cinnamon, go to a health food store and buy quality trusted brands. The one at the dollar store, I am afraid, is a no go.

In case you are questioning the quality of cinnamon in our Organifi products, do not worry, we only use high-quality, organic ingredients from well-trusted sources and we are committed to fuel your body with safe and true cinnamon.

Organifi Gold 

Cinnamon is one of the superfood ingredients in our delicious Organifi Gold that will soon become your favorite fall and winter beverage. Mixed with warm water it creates a mouth-watering, warming drink that tastes just like a cookie, yet it brings you countless health benefits. Being a true superfood juice powder, it can be used in many other ways and tastes fantastic when added to cold water, green juices, green smoothies, shakes, baked goods and raw goodies. Gold can ease the pain in your body, reduce inflammation, help you sleep, relax your muscles, aid your digestion, boosts your immune system, improve your brain power and lower your blood sugar. Click here to learn more. 

Cacao Bliss

We also use cinnamon in our creamy Cacao Bliss. This sun-kissed raw cacao superfood blend tastes absolutely incredible.I'm serious! You've got to give this stuff a try. It is the best thing you could be drinking this winter and contains only one gram of sugar! If you have even the slightest fancy for chocolate, you'll want to get your hands on this stuff. Pure, unrefined raw cacao powder with every health-boosting nutrient still in tact. Along with chocolate we combined coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, lucuma and other superfoods to sweeten and enhance the nutritional power of Cacao Bliss. Try yours here. 

Cinnamon Recipes

Easy Healthy Vegan Cinnamon Roll

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2.5 cups spelt flour
  • 2 tbsp Organifi Complete Protein
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of coconut sugar

Instructions:

  1. Heat your almond milk and butter in a large saucepan until melted. Do not boil. Cool until it’s still warm, but not hot.
  2. Mix in your yeast and leave it to activate for about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp of coconut sugar and the salt.
  3. Add your flour and slowly stir, making a sticky dough.
  4. Transfer it to a floured surface then knead well.
  5. Put in a bowl, cover it with plastic and put it in a warm place for an hour until it doubles in size.
  6. Roll out your dough. Brush it with 2-3 tbsp of melted butter (or coconut oil), then coat it with coconut sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Roll up your dough, then cut it with a knife and add it to an 8 x 8 pan.
  8. Bake it for 25-30 minutes at 350F.

Cinnamon Detox Drink

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp of honey

Instructions: 

  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Enjoy.

Cinnamon Banana (N)ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 4 large frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 tbsp Organifi Vanilla Complete Protein Powder or Organifi Gold Powder

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Enjoy. You may store it in your freezer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there anyone who should not use cinnamon?

A. The general recommendation of 1-6 g of cinnamon is generally safe for anyone. Some people may experience allergic reactions or irritation of the mouth eating cinnamon or taking cinnamon supplements. People with liver problems should talk to their doctor before taking cinnamon. Cinnamon may interact with certain heart medications, diabetes medications, blood thinners and antibiotics. Talk to your doctor first if you are taking any of these medications. There is not enough research on cinnamon's safety for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, so as always, consult your doctor.

Q. Is cinnamon spicy?

A. Because of cinnamaldehyde, a chemical found in cinnamon bark, cinnamon has a specific sweet spicy kick to it. Cinnamon is often used in combination with sweet foods, for example when it's sprinkled on sweet bananas, added to sweet baked goods or raw desserts, added to smoothies or superfood mixes with some sweeter ingredients, making cinnamon's spicy kick mild and delicious. However, stay away from the cinnamon challenge. 

Q. Is cinnamon poisonous?

A. Cinnamon is not poisonous, however, as described earlier, coumarin in cinnamon can be toxic in large dosages.

Cassia cinnamon is not considered to be a 'true cinnamon' by scientists, yet it's the most commonly used cinnamon in the U.S. Cassia cinnamon also contains coumarin. According to the Food and Chemical Toxicology, coumarin is toxic to the liver and kidneys. This is especially dangerous to a rodent in a study, but in larger quantities, it can lead to tumors and health issues in humans too.

Don't worry, as said, there are other forms of cinnamon available on the market. Ceylon cinnamon, which according to scientists is the only ‘true’ cinnamon, contains only trace amounts of coumarin and is completely safe for your health. You can find it in health food stores and online. 

Because we care about your health, the cinnamon we've used in our Organifi Gold Juice is high-quality, organic from well-trusted sources and safe for your health, bringing you countless health benefits.

Q. What is coumarin in cinnamon?

A. Coumarin is a flavoring substance which can be found in relatively high concentrations in Cassia cinnamon and in large quantities can be toxic to your body. Choose Ceylon cinnamon as suggested earlier.

Q. What is chromium in cinnamon?

A. Cinnamon and chromium can be used as dietary supplements particularly for high blood sugar. Cinnamon can help regulate your blood sugar and chromium may help control glucose and insulin levels in those with Type 2 diabetes. Sometimes cinnamon and chromium are taken within the same supplement or in combination. When using the right dose and making sure that it is beneficial for your body and personal health conditions, chromium and cinnamon should only be taken under a doctor’s supervision. Always consult your doctor first.

Conclusion

Cinnamon is a potent super spice that's been known for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It's health benefits are endless, including reducing your blood sugar, protecting your heart, creating glowing skin, lowering your risk of cancer and boosting your brain power. 

There are so many ways to use cinnamon, making it easy to include it in your everyday life. Add it to your smoothies, baked goods, fruit salads, shakes, homemade (n)ice creams, cereals, granola and homemade energy bars.

You also have to try our Organifi Gold. It is so good that you will absolutely fall in love with it at first sip. Cinnamon is only one of the 11 superfoods that give true superpowers to this warming juice. It can ease the pain in your body, reduce inflammation, help you sleep, relax your muscles, aid your digestion, boost your immune system, improve your brain power and lower your blood sugar. Who wouldn't want these fantastic benefits? Seriously... go get yours today.

Once you've tried our Organifi Gold, make sure to share your experiences. We would love to hear your success stories and tasty recipes. And remember, we're in this together.

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