As we get closer to celebrating the December holidays, we get excited for fun festive drinks and foods full of holiday cheer. And many of these holiday treats incorporate one warm spice bursting with flavor, cinnamon. Everything from cinnamon apple cider to the Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte, we love the taste and smell of this wonderful spice. Not only does the spice remind us of cold weather and curling up by the fire, but it has several health benefits.
Here are the 3 health benefits of cinnamon:
1. Men’s Health Magazine reports that cinnamon helps to maintain your blood sugar. This can lead to a lower risk of a heart disease.
2. Women’s Health Magazine said cinnamon helps those with type 2 diabetes to lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
3. When you’re tired in the morning or need an afternoon boost, The World’s Healthiest Foods said even smelling a whiff of cinnamon will “boost your brain activity!” A research study showed that smelling cinnamon increased awareness, virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual-motor speed.
There are so many ways to use cinnamon. You can sprinkle it on top of your oatmeal, smoothie, latte, or pancakes. Or add cinnamon sticks to stews and mulled drinks to infuse with cinnamon flavor. We all know cinnamon tastes great, but with so many health benefits, it’s the perfect spice to add to a variety of foods.