This superfood spotlight article focuses on cinnamon, a real super spice which has a host of health benefits which you should be aware of. So listen up and the next time you are at the supermarket pick yourself up a jar of the versatile spice cinnamon and start adding it to your food today!
Cinnamon is a little bit of an acquired taste but below are some of the benefits to your health for those who consume it regularly so even if you hate the taste its probably worth including it in your diet somehow someway!
Whats the deal?
The warming and fragrant spice cinnamon is from the brown bark of the cinnamon tree and is available either whole as cinnamon sticks or as the ground cinnamon powder. It has a strong and distinctive taste and smell and is popular in asian cooking. Here in the UK it brings about thoughts of comforting winter desserts or warm spicy pastries.
On top of being delicious cinnamon is very good for your health! Some of the main benefits include:
Blood sugar regulator- It has been proven that cinnamon can have a lowering effect on blood sugar levels in response to high carb meals which has been shown to help people with type 2 diabetes improve their insulin response. This effect is also very useful for people trying to lose weight as controlling your bodies insulin levels is a sure fire way to control unnecessary fat gain. If you are on a diet try adding a couple of grams of cinnamon a day for an extra boost.
Cinnamon is a potent antioxidant which when tested prevented more oxidation than other popular spices including ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Cinnamon improves brain function- Even the smell of cinnamon was shown to improve peoples cognitive function. These brain boosting benefits are related to working memory, motor skills, and attentional skills. Anything that helps my brain work better is good in my book! This is why I included cinnamon in my Brain boosting super smoothie.
How to use it?
Add a teaspoon to a high carb meal (Or just drink it with some water, we do not recommend spooning directly in to mouth for this reason)
Sprinkle on top of porridge, yogurt, icecream (treat day), rice etc.
Put in to your favourite smoothie for an easy way to consume a high dose of cinnamon.
Learn some asian and moroccan recipes which use cinnamon heavily in their cooking.
The bottom line
Cinnamon is a potent spice with a lot of health benefits! Try adding cinnamon to your arsenal of health boosting foods and reap the benefits it has on your blood, body, and brain. Let us know any of your favourite recipes and uses for cinnamon in the comments section below!