Cinnamon is a readily available spice that has been used since ancient Egyptian times for incense and cooking. Portuguese traders first discovered it in Sri Lanka, keeping it a secret for centuries to protect their supply. Research on this warming spice has found that it may help support in stabilizing blood sugar levels and reducing inflammation in the body. From savory curry to sweet baked goods, cinnamon complements a variety of recipes.
Typically used in baked delights or creamy hot breakfasts, cinnamon is one of those spices people just have. While cinnamon is rarely considered by the average cook before autumn, it’s a spice that can be used year round, thanks to its amazing taste and incredible health benefits.
Like ginger and turmeric, cinnamon is a readily available spice that has been used medicinally by eastern cultures for centuries. It’s an anti-inflammatory that is high in antioxidant polyphenols. Even more, it contains cinnamaldehyde, a compound that kills bacteria and acts as an agricultural fungicide! And you thought it was just tasty in cookies.
While cinnamon is still being studied by medical professionals, recent findings show that cinnamon:
- May lower blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes
- May reduce total cholesterol and lower LDL levels
- Is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease
- May reduce inflammation in the body
- May reduce fasting blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity
- Supports digestion and helps eliminate intestinal gas
To help fight off the common cold this holiday season, mix cinnamon with kefir! There are so many great things we can say about kefir, especially when it comes to improving and supporting overall health. The probiotics found in our kefir may help support digestion and regularity, and may also help support immunity.
There are tons of different ways to get a healthy serving of cinnamon in your day, regardless of season; we encourage you to experiment. Some of our favorite ways to enjoy cinnamon are sprinkled on top of your favorite kefir smoothie bowl and dusted over apples.
If you want your home to smell like autumn, these cinnamon recipes are perfect for you!