So what makes cinnamon a noteworthy superfood?
Cinnamon helps control your appetite
Research has shown that sprinkling cinnamon on your food helps to control your appetite by reducing blood sugar levels. In one study conducted over a 40 day period, participants were able to lower their blood sugar levels by up to 24%! Does this mean that a simple sprinkle of the stuff is going to magically melt away pounds? Maybe not, but it could help you to eat less calories overall which in turn will lead to a slimmer waist line over the long run.
Cinnamon helps lower cholesterol levels
Over the years many studies have shown a correlation between the consumption of cinnamon and the improvement of cholesterol levels. While not many have shown that cinnamon can increase you good cholesterol (HDL), the results in favour of lowering the bad cholesterol levels have had much success. A study recently conducted in Pakistan on individuals with type 2 diabetes indicated that consuming 6 grams of cinnamon per day lowered LDL levels (the bad cholesterol) by nearly 30%! That’s only half a tablespoon per day!
Cinnamon helps you look younger
Our skin cells age due through the process of oxidation and free radical damage. Cinnamon is one of those amazing compounds we call an antioxidant. The main function of an antioxidant is to fight free radical damage and reverse its effects.
Studies have shown that eating foods with high levels of antoxidants will help you to look and feel younger if consumed adequately over a long enough period of time. Other foods extremely high in antioxidants are: blueberries, avocados, kale, green tea and flax seeds.
On another note, antioxidants also lower your risks of getting cancer! By keeping your body alkaline and in a prime and healthy state, cancer cells have a much harder time festering! So why not stay young and stay healthy simply by adding a little more cinnamon to our lives!
As mentioned above, it takes only half a tablespoon per day to see positive results. And in my opinion the easiest way is to start is first thing in the morning at breakfast!
My 5 favourite ways to eat cinnamon at breakfast
- On my oatmeal
- In my tea (or for those who drink coffee, just add it to your coffee grinds)
- In my cottage cheese or yogurt
- On french toast
- In my protein shake
Although these are all delicious and easy ways to get started, I will also share with you my absolutely delicious cinnamon dessert recipe!
My favourite super-duper easy cinnamon baked apples recipe:
6 small apples (cored)
2 tbsp of honey
3 tsp of cinnamon
¼ cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread a piece of tinfoil overtop of a cookie sheet. Crush the walnuts and then mix them together in a small bowl with the honey, cinnamon and raisins. Dump mixture into the center of cored apples. Place them onto the cookie sheet and bake for 45 -50 minutes. Cool and enjoy!
- Some may choose to also add a sprinkle of brown sugar on top – although I prefer mine a little healthier and find them already quite delicious without!