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10 PROVEN HEALTH BENEFITS OF CINNAMON

By Saravana Sekar

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It seemed as if just last week you were kicked back in a beach chair with ice cold drinks, indulging at backyard barbecues, going on family vacations, and dousing yourself SPF 35 (a fair skinned essential). Well, now it is 36 degrees in the morning, frost is on the car window, and wool socks are making their way back into your outfit arsenal…Welcome back to Autumn!

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Every season has its ‘highs and lows’, and our personal perception is what leads us to like some more than others. Personally, I think that the transition from summer into autumn is the most beautiful sight to see, with a perfect mix of warm and cool,crisp days. Whether you are ready or not, it is best to prepare yourself for the coming months;

Apple Picking, Pumpkin Spice Anything and Everything, Piles of Leaves, and oh so comfy Cashmere Sweaters

But it seems like I forgot to mention one of the most important elements…

CINNAMON
No, not the cinnamon challenge (a quick YouTube search can show you that). I’m talking about actually including it into your daily lifestyle. This is viewed as a ‘fall favorite’, but honestly, taking advantage of its benefit all year long is the right way to go. Let’s dive into 10 Proven Nutritional Health Benefits of Cinnamon.

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One tablespoon of cinnamon contains:

  • 19 Calories

  • 4g Fiber

  • 68% Manganese (bone health)

  • 8% Calcium

  • 4% Iron

  • 0g of Fat, Sugar, or Protein

Once upon a time, cinnamon was valued more highly than gold! Around the world, it has been medicinally used for its health benefits for thousands of years. Plus, it is a great addition for recipes for its sweet, warming taste. Out of the 26 most popular herbs and spices used in the world, cinnamon is #1 for its protective antioxidant levels! (source)

1.Fights Diabetes: Cinnamon is known to help combat the onset of diabetes by helping decrease blood sugar levels. It is effective improving sensitivity to insulin, an essential hormone to balance blood sugar levels.qtq80-xlLGiU
2.Supports Weight Loss: Piggybacking off of the last statement, cinnamon is effective to moderate the amount of sugar in your blood after meal consumption, meaning that less sugar available to be stored into fat deposits, This can lead to an impact on overall hunger and weight management.

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3.Protect Against Infection & Virus: Cinnamon is a natural anti-microbial, anti-boitic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral effect on the body. This is due to the cinnamon’s essential oil that helps boost the immune system.
4.Source of Antioxidants: Antioxidants are what help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Cinnamon is proven to have have more powerful polyohenol antioxidative effects than garlic, thyme, and oregano. By fighting oxidative stressors in the body, the aging process itself can be slowed down!
5.Help Combat Heart Disease: Coronary Heart Disease is the worlds leading cause of premature death. 1g of cinnamon each day helped decrease triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol), while improving HDL (good cholesterol)! (source)
6Freshens Breath & Improve Dental Health: Cinnamon’s essential oil has been shown to naturally fight bacteria in the mouth. It can combat tooth decay, gum disease, and freshen your breath, like a natural mouthwash!
7.Enhance Brain Function: By chewing cinnamon gum (or smelling cinnamon itself), cognitive function can be effected. Attention to detail, memory recall, and reaction-time improved greater than when compared against peppermint.

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8.Sweeten Baking Recipes Without Sugar: Try substituting ground cinnamon for cinnamon sugar (no, they are not the same!). In doing so, you double up by reducing your sugar intake, while also benefiting from decreasing blood sugar levels that naturally occur from cinnamon. This helps prevent unwanted weight gain; try it in coffee, tea, baked goods, yogurt, or oatmeal to start!

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This is not all that this little, yet powerful spice has to offer, but if you aren’t running to the cabinet to grab some now, I encourage you to look deeper. Try adding some flare to your routine this fall, and take control of what happens with your body!

Wishing You Great Health and Strength,

Coach Sean