Cinnamon makes the ranks on my list of amazing functional foods for several reasons, including:
- Lowers or Controls Blood Sugar Levels: Just a half teaspoon a day can make a significant difference in the rise in blood sugar levels, particularly after a high carbohydrate meal. This may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but pay attention to whether or not you get hungry shortly after eating a meal. If this happens to you, it's quite possibly related to out-of-whack blood sugar levels. Cinnamon helps to manage this.
- Amazing Antioxidant: Cinnamon is considered a powerful spice, in part, because of its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants counter or slow the release of free radicals in the body. Free radicals cause oxidation. When I think of oxidation, I see a car rusting out due to the elements. Oxidation to our body is similar...it breaks us down, and making us look older faster (among other things). It's nice to know cinnamon can help slow this down a little.
- Aids in Digestion: Feeling nauseas or bloated? Cinnamon has been touted as a great tonic for upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting. The next time you're feeling uneasy, mix some cinnamon with honey in hot water and enjoy.