With fall here and winter on its way, the smell of cinnamon is sure to be in the air. Not only is cinnamon a delicious spice, but it has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, mainly highly potent polyphenols, known for their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
In recent studies, cinnamon has been linked with reducing the risk of heart disease by reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Some doctors even recommend that people with type 2 diabetes ingest 1g of cinnamon a day to improve blood markers.
Cinnamon can improve sensitivity to insulin. Another way that cinnamon combats type 2 diabetes (and other serious conditions like metabolic syndrome) is by dramatically reducing insulin resistance. By allowing insulin to do its job, cinnamon helps lower blood sugar levels. Numerous trials have confirmed the anti-diabetic effects of cinnamon, showing it can lower fasting blood sugar levels by up to 29%.
More information on the link between cinnamon and type 2 diabetes can be found in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.
Another health benefit of cinnamon is its link to improving neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Two compounds in cinnamon appear to help stabilize "tau" proteins in the brain. When these proteins become defective and fail to adequately stabilize, pathologies of the nervous system can develop.
Finally, cinnamon oil has been shown to effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. Cinnamaldehyede, the main active ingredient of cinnamon, inhibits the growth of certain bacteria including Listeria and Salmonella. It may also prevent tooth decay and improve bad breath.
With all these amazing benefits (plus more we haven't touched on), cinnamon is a must have for our health. Cinnamon is available with out Tea Blendz cinnamon sticks, or several of our teas including Tropic Heat, Fiery Cinnamon or Cinapple.