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, 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.
Easy Healthy Vegan Cinnamon Roll
- 1 packet instant yeast
- 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
- 1/2 cup vegan butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2.5 cups spelt flour
- 1 tbsp Organifi Gold
- 2 tbsp Organifi Complete Protein
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup of coconut sugar
- Heat your almond milk and butter in a large saucepan until melted. Do not boil. Cool until it’s still warm, but not hot.
- Mix in your yeast and leave it to activate for about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp of coconut sugar and the salt.
- Add your flour and slowly stir, making a sticky dough.
- Transfer it to a floured surface then knead well.
- Put in a bowl, cover it with plastic and put it in a warm place for an hour until it doubles in size.
- Roll out your dough. Brush it with 2-3 tbsp of melted butter (or coconut oil), then coat it with coconut sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll up your dough, then cut it with a knife and add it to an 8 x 8 pan.
- Bake it for 25-30 minutes at 350F.
Cinnamon Detox Drink
- 12 oz water
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Organifi Gold
- 1 dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 tsp of honey
- Blend all ingredients together.
Cinnamon Banana (N)ice Cream
- 4 large frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup of almond milk
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp Organifi Gold
- Optional: 1 tbsp Organifi Vanilla Complete Protein Powder or Organifi Gold Powder
- Blend all ingredients together.
- Enjoy. You may store it in your freezer.
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 may 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 may bring positive changes to your blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity, heart health and overall well-being.
Top Benefits Of Cinnamon
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, boosting your brain power and much more. Let's look at its top benefits one by one.
1. Cinnamon May B 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 may protect your body from free-radical damage and as a result, from various diseases.
2. Cinnamon May Boost Your Brain Power
Research has found that cinnamon may provide powerful benefits to your cognitive abilities and memory. According to a 2011 and a 2013 study, cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s. The results of a 2016 study agreed with the cognitive benefits of cinnamon by finding that it may improve your memory and learning abilities.
3. Cinnamon May Benefit Your Digestion
Cinnamon is a powerful spice that may benefit your digestive system. According to a 2016 study, cinnamon may help with gastric gas. Moreover, a 2008 study has found that cinnamon may help aid and prevent E. Coli and other foodborne illnesses. Cinnamon may also help relieve nausea.
4. Cinnamon May Aid Weight Loss
By maybe improving your digestion and lowering your blood sugar, cinnamon may help you to regulate your appetite, improve your sugar addiction and make healthier choices. All these may help you in achieving your weight loss goals.
5. Cinnamon May Protect Your From Colds
A 2012 research study has found that cinnamon may have a powerful ability to boost your immune system and protect your body from infections and bad bugs. It may naturally help your body to fight harmful bacteria and infections, help you keep colds and the flu away and help you recover faster in case you get sick.
6. Cinnamon May Be Food for the Heart
Research has found that cinnamon is a powerful food that may reduce several risk factors that may contribute to cardiovascular illness in your body. According to a 2014 paper, cinnamon may reduce high blood pressure and improve your cholesterol, which may lower your risk of heart disease. Cinnamon may also better your circulation and is a fantastic blood coagulant.
7. Cinnamon May Create A Beautiful Skin
Cinnamon is an antibiotic and antimicrobial spice. Used as an essential oil, it may really help your skin with acne and blemishes, creating a beautiful glow. Mixed with honey, another powerful antibiotic food, it may make a fantastic mask or cleanser for your skin. It’s not only your skin that may benefit from cinnamon, but cinnamon essential oil may also help create a stronger, healthier and more shining hair.
8. Cinnamon May Fight Headaches And Other Pain
Cinnamon may be extremely powerful fighting inflammation in your body and according to various scientific studies, it may be fantastic for pain management. It may help those dealing with headaches, muscle soreness, chronic pain and PMS. According to a 2013 study, cinnamon may also be beneficial for PCOS.
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.
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 may 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 may purchase it at health food stores and online.
By looking at the cinnamon stick at the store, you may 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 may chew on Ceylon cinnamon sticks and may 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.
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 may 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 may 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.
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 may 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 may 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 may 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 may be found in relatively high concentrations in Cassia cinnamon and in large quantities may be toxic to your body. Choose Ceylon cinnamon as suggested earlier.
Q. What is chromium in cinnamon?
A. Cinnamon and chromium may be used as dietary supplements particularly for high blood sugar. Cinnamon may 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.
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, 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 may 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.
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