Cinnamon is one of the most widely used spices in the world, second only to black pepper (Singletary, 2008). It’s use has been traced back as far as ancient Egypt, Rome, and medieval Europe. It’s potential health benefits are many,
New emerging research and evidence is showing cinnamon as a potential anti-diabetic agent. In several animal studies it was shown to decrease blood glucose and insulin levels in blood. Human studies have been inconclusive, but have shown potential blood sugar lowering effects in humans as well (Singletary, 2008).
Other health benefits of cinnamon include anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-microbial properties. Also cholesterol and blood pressure lowering benefits. These health benefits have seen mixed results in the research, but the the findings have been promising overall (Singletary, 2008).
It should be noted that most studies with potential health benefits proven have people supplementing with 3-6 grams of cinnamon per day. This is much more than the average person would get through his or her diet. It does appear that cinnamon has a building effect, with 1g/day having no effect, 3g/day having some effect, and 6g/day having the most benefits.
Some easy ways to add cinnamon to your diet? Sprinkle it on some fresh fruit, on oatmeal, in a smoothie, or with plain greek yogurt. While most people will not make it to 6 grams a day, some is better than none. And at the very least your food will taste better!
Singletary, K. (2008). Cinnamon: overview of health benefits. Nutrition Today,43(6), 263-266.