Ground cinnamon is a popular spice that is used in a variety of ways. It is basically the brown bark that comes from the cinnamon tree and one can find it in ground powder or tubular form. Cinnamon is not only tasty, but also a very healthy spice.
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Ground cinnamon is linked to various health benefits, including:
- The lowering of blood sugar levels – cinnamon helps to slow down the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract, and it also acts like insulin, thus improving the glucose uptake by the cells. It also has anti-diabetic effects.
- Is rich in antioxidants – cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, primarily, polyphenols. These reduce free radical damage as well as help in slowing down the aging process.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties – so it helps in repairing tissue damage as well as fighting various infections. In fact cinnamon is a natural anti-viral agent, and it is also anti-biotic, anti-fungal and anti-microbial.
- With its anti-microbial properties, cinnamon can help in reducing redness in the skin, and so it helps in cases of acne, rashes and allergic reactions.
- It is known to boost one’s immunity as well as possibly supports in reducing the risk of contracting the HIV virus.
- May cut the risk of diabetes and neuro-degenerative diseases.
- Assists in the reduction in risk factors associated with heart disease – it reduces total cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure.
- Cinnamon helps in dental health as well since it helps in freshening your breath naturally, and combats bacteria in the mouth which could lead to tooth decay.
- Cinnamon is said to help in reducing the growth of cancer cells. However no human studies have yet been performed on humans.
- Some studies performed on animals, showed that consuming cinnamon helped in improving conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Considering all of these positive effects, ground cinnamon is a spice that should be included in your diet. It is quite impressive to note that one tablespoon of ground cinnamon actually includes fiber, calcium, manganese, iron and Vitamin K, but 0 grams of sugar and fats. So, make sure to add some ground cinnamon regularly to some of your recipes as there is surely a lot of to be gained!