Getting healthier is on everyone’s list. If you cast your mind back (who doesn’t love a good throwback?) to when you were a child, things seemed a whole lot simpler. There was no remedy that couldn’t be conjured up in your mum’s kitchen to keep illnesses at bay. From turmeric and cloves to ginger and garlic, our kitchens are packed with a host of super compounds that we don’t take the time to appreciate.
One of these underrated stars is cinnamon—this aromatic spice offers a whole host of health benefits. So, without further ado, here’s why cinnamon needs to make it to your shelf.
Regulates blood sugar
Research has shown cinnamon to be quite effective at controlling blood sugar levels. Compounds in cinnamon can mimic insulin and can help regulate blood sugar levels resulting in improved insulin sensitivity while also lowering blood pressure. Cinnamon would be an excellent option for people trying to keep diabetes at bay. And although it’s not a substitute for diabetes medication, cinnamon can offer it a hand in managing type 2 diabetes.
Helps fight bacterial and fungal infections
Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, which is one of the main active compounds responsible for its distinctive flavour and aroma. Many studies have shown cinnamaldehyde to have potent antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can inhibit the growth of certain bacteria and also help treat fungal infections in the respiratory tract.
One whiff of this aromatic spice is enough to kickstart your brain. A study has shown that just smelling cinnamon can boost your cognitive processing and improve your performance during memory-based tasks. It was also shown to increase attention span and may even elevate a person’s mood. So stop thinking, and get sniffing!
Several flavonoid compounds found in cinnamon have demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties. Besides fending off inflammation-related symptoms like swelling and redness of the skin, among others, cinnamon also makes for an effective all-natural pain killer. The next time you’re looking to relieve pain, maybe consider heading to the spice rack instead of the medicine cabinet.
Protects against cell damage
Cinnamon has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants among various herbs and spices. Its antioxidant properties can fight oxidative stress by eliminating free radicals. Basically, cinnamon equals healthier DNA and healthier cells, i.e., a healthier you!
Cinnamon could also help you shed those extra kilos by boosting your metabolism. Cinnamaldehyde, the essential oil found in cinnamon, has been shown to activate thermogenesis – a metabolic process that generates heat by burning calories. It’s no wonder cinnamon is a common ingredient in many fat burning supplements.
Promotes oral health
Cinnamon oil is very effective against fighting bacteria that causes dental cavities, plaque formation, and bad breath. Mixing cinnamon oil with your toothpaste or rinsing your mouth with water boiled with cinnamon is a great way to take advantage of those dental benefits (and keep your breath fresh!).
“How can I get started?”, you say. Well, the good news is that you can add cinnamon to your diet in a bunch of ways. Cook with it, sprinkle some cinnamon powder over your food or beverages, eat it or use it topically in oil form. You could even use cinnamon capsules.
Here at QNet, however, we have something a bit more delicious to offer. Our nutriplusTM Celesteal – Apple Cinnamon Tea is jam-packed with cinnamon goodness made super tasty with notes of apple. A perfect blend of tea leaves from Darjeeling handpicked cinnamon bark from South India, and apples imported from Germany, this drink can be enjoyed hot or cold. Try sipping on a cup of this flavourful tea the next time you’re looking for a pick-me-up. You won’t be disappointed!