How Cinnamon can Reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle soreness
Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of several trees, and while most people associate it with cooking or baking, it’s hiding a wealth of powerful health benefits.
It’s loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols. and just one teaspoon of ground cinnamon packs as much antioxidant potency as a half cup of blueberries! It’s especially useful if you’re an athlete of fitness enthusiast, as research has shown Cinnamon can really help improve athletic performance.
How it boosts our metabolism
Cinnamon increases insulin sensitivity, so you produce less insulin which means you don’t get insulin spikes, which can cause weight gain. Just ¼ to 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon a day can improve your glucose metabolism, meaning it helps your body use insulin more efficiently. It works by taking glucose from the blood and into the cell, where it’s burned as energy. So by eating cinnamon daily, you can help keep your blood sugar at a more stable level. This has two major positive effects, it reduces your risk of diabetes, and a stable blood sugar helps stabilise your appetite, as Cinnamon delays the passing of food from the stomach into the intestine, so you feel satisfied for a longer time and eat less.
It’s also been found to reduce blood lipids, including cholesterol and triglycerides. It imitates the biological activity of insulin and increases the metabolism of glucose. Since high blood sugar levels can lead to increased storage of fat by the body, cinnamon helps prevent this increased storage of fat and enables you to lose weight.
With so many benefits for such a small amount, it’s time you added a little Cinnamon to your diet!
Clever ways to cook with Cinnamon
Kick-start your day with this healthy Cinnamon Protein packed porridge. Check out the recipe
This apple cinnamon smoothie made with coconut milk and spinach is a quick and filling breakfast or snack any time of the day. Check out the recipe
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon. The perfect pick-me-up during these cold autumn nights! Check out the recipe
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