There’s a superhero hiding in your cupboard. No, it’s not coconut oil or turmeric this time – it’s cinnamon! Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices around, and one of the most tasty too, but it hasn’t always received the credit it deserves. Here’s why you should make the extra effort to sprinkle some on your cappuccino, or mix a tablespoon into a warm apple pie.
What is cinnamon?
Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of a tree called Cinnamomum. When dried, strips from the bark curl up to form cinnamon sticks, which we use most often to spice up festive mulled wine.
Once, the spice was more valuable than gold, and the Ancient Egyptians would gift it to kings. Today, we tend to use it only when we want to add warmth and depth to dishes. But there are a number of cinnamon health benefits you might not know about.
What are the health benefits of cinnamon?
Antioxidants – Cinnamon is jam-packed full of antioxidants. These help to safeguard the body against harmful free radicals and contribute to reducing oxidative stress. And they even have a positive effect on your skin, helping to prevent and repair damaged tissue so your skin will glow.
Weight loss – The spice is known to thin blood. This improves your blood circulation and boosts your metabolism, which can help you to lose weight.
Anti-bacterial – Cinnamon is a warrior against bacteria. As a result, it’s one of the best remedies for a stomach bug or flu.
How can I incorporate more cinnamon into my diet?
Cinnamon is delicious can be used to add flavour to so many different foods. For breakfast, stir it into porridge or yoghurt, or use with seeds and nuts to whip up a nutritious granola. If you fancy having cinnamon in your dinner, sprinkle just a touch over sweet potato wedges for a unconventional twist.
Cinnamon is also one of the active ingredients in our Slim Me supplement, which helps to support healthy and natural weight loss.