Cinnamon does much more than just spice up your baking. It is an aromatic antioxidant powerhouse.
What It Has
Polyphenols: These naturally occurring compounds are thought to increase insulin sensitivity and keep blood sugar levels even, which can help keep energy humming.
Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice. Studies have found that cinnamon lowers blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
Natural Benefits of Cinnamon
Calm A Cough
If your throat is irritated, try this warm and soothing tea: Mix 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar in 8 oz hot water. Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, a dash of cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp honey, and stir.
Boost Your Digestion
In a bowl, mix 3 Tbsp powdered flaxseeds, 2 Tbsp powdered cinnamon, 1 tsp powdered ginger, and ½ tsp powdered cardamom. Pour into a saltshaker (make sure no salt is in the shaker). Sprinkle on toast, cereal, yogurt, and fruit to help your body digest food and absorb nutrients.
Take the Chill Off
Warm up your body with an invigorating foot soak. Put 4 quarts into a large pot and add ½ cup orange peel (fresh or dried), 2 Tbsp cinnamon stick pieces (2 to 3 sticks, chopped), and 2 Tbsp sliced pieces of ginger. Bring to a boil, turn off heat, and let infuse for an hour. Reheat to a comfortable temperature, then pour into a basin and soak feet for at least 10 minutes.
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