8. Decreased Inflammation
You may enjoy allowing cinnamon to tantalize your olfactory senses and tickle your taste buds. If so, the news that cinnamon may have benefits beyond delicious flavor and aroma may be good to hear. Cinnamon is rich in polyphenol antioxidants. Antioxidants are beneficial for preventing cellular damage caused by free radicals in your body. One benefit of antioxidants is decreased inflammation. The Arthritis Foundation lists cinnamon as one of the most beneficial spices for arthritis. Other spices include garlic, turmeric, ginger, and cayenne. Add cinnamon to homemade granola or granola bars for extra flavor.
7. Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Your doctor may not prescribe cinnamon toast to protect your heart. However, some studies, such as this one in Diabetes Care, suggest that the spice may have positive effects on cholesterol levels. Other studies suggest cinnamon may contribute to lowering blood pressure. Ree Drummond has a recipe for oven-baked Cinnamon Toast. Ree combines cinnamon with sugar, vanilla, and butter before spreading the mixture on bread and baking it in the oven. The final step is broiling the toast to a golden brown.
6. Improved Blood Sugar Control
Cinnamon may help regulate blood sugar levels. A study in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism linked cinnamon to lowered fasting blood glucose levels. Furthermore, studies such as this one in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology suggest that cinnamon may improve glucose, insulin, blood lipids, and hemoglobin A1c in diabetic patients. The studies on the effects of cinnamon on blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity are intriguing. However, cinnamon does not replace the lifestyle benefits of weight control, a healthy diet, and physical exercise in dealing with diabetes. Furthermore, cinnamon cannot replace prescribed diabetes medications or insulin therapy.