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There are incredible health benefits to many spices and herbs, but this is one of a group of more powerful spices when it comes to the health benefits.
Nutrients in Cinnamon
Cinnamon contains manganese, fiber, iron and calcium, along with thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, (B1,2 & 3), B6 and B12, vitamin C, and many other nutrients.
It contains carotenoid, retinol and beta carotene, the full array of cartenoids used by the body to product vitamin A.
Note that preformed vitamin A (retinol) should not be taken in supplements as it is necessary to be derived from the mixture of cartenoids necessary for the body uses to produce it.
It also contains folate, the natural form that your body uses to make folic acid (it is far better than taking folic acid as a supplement).
Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Aside from being associated with weight loss and regulation of blood sugar, this powerful spice has been known to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and aphrodisiac properties.
In addition, it has been used as an astringent, antiperspirant and deodorant.
Once considered more precious than gold, cinnamon’s uses are normally in the form of dried bark and essential oils, and it’s flavors have been found in everything from beverages, to deserts to main course meals.
In it’s familiar form, it has been shown to have a positive impact on memory and brain function.
It’s been known to sooth the stomach, and may even help to prevent ulcers.
Additionally, it suppresses the bacteria associated with urinary tract infections, and the fungus known to cause yeast infections.
Cinnamon has been shown to reduce the bad cholesterol levels, and having now effect on the good cholesterol.
It’s ability to increase insulin levels while reducing blood sugar have been documented in a respected diabetes journal as well.
So of this list of well over a dozen health benefits, you may pick the top ten most important for your own body and health, but they are all important!
And while even pharmaceutical companies have taken notice of cinnamon, trying to isolate it’s powerful properties, the fact is that any whole food nutrition is best left as designed, to work synergistically with other natural compounds.
So enjoy your cinnamon any way you like it every day! I love to sprinkle it on my cereal, or have it in coffee or tea, but it can be taken in supplement form as well.