The answer to your health woes might just be in your spice drawer. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to add a dash of cinnamon to your diet.
In a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, cinnamon was proven to lower fasting blood glucose levels by up to 5%. That’s equivalent to most older generation diabetes drugs. The delicious spice has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels by 18%.
Cinnamon also protects the body from free radicals and inflammation. Sun, pollution, and stress can all wreak havoc on the human body. Due to the potent antioxidants present in cinnamon, adding just a half-teaspoon a day to your diet can increase immunity. Cinnamon, a known anti-inflammatory, can improve digestive health and swelling as well.
This multi-talented spice can be added to your morning cereal, in a glass of milk, or on nut- butter toast. You can also try it as a rub in savory dishes such as lamb or with quinoa for an added depth of flavor. Got a hot date later? Gargle some cinnamon water to refresh your palette and ward off bacteria.
As with all spices, the flavor and benefits drop if the spice is old. Check the “best if used by” date, discard if past its prime, and buy a high quality cinnamon from your favorite health food store.Snap a pic of the creative way you use cinnamon this week with the hashtag #bebetter52.