I’ve heard it called “the universal spice of happy memories.”  From the brown bark of the Cinnamon tree, this aromatic spice is native to tropical southern India.  It’s a small evergreen tree that is now cultivated extensively in Sri Lanka.  Cinnamon is made by extracting the inner bark and removing its woody parts.  Cinnamon bark has been used in botanical healing for several thousand years in traditional Eastern and Western medicines and is referred to in Exodus 30 as one of the “finest spices.”  But Cinnamon is more than just a delicious, flavor-enhancing spice, Cinnamon decreases inflammation and helps us LIVE YOUNGER.  

There are over a hundred varieties of this flavorful food; Ceylon and Chinese Cinnamon are currently the most desired forms.  Ceylon Cinnamon is known to have a more subtle, refined flavor.  It contains volatile oils of cinnamaldehyde, eugenol and trans-cinnamic acid, to name just the main ones.  The cinnamaldehyde is a powerful, anti-inflammatory phytonutrient.  Appropriate inflammation helps us heal and is typically self-limiting.  It’s the chronic, low-grade inflammation that is an underlying cause of many chronic diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease, Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Arthritis.  

Here are three great reasons to enjoy the anti-inflammatory effects of Cinnamon:

  1. Cinnamon helps balance blood glucose and enhance insulin sensitivity.  It is also effective in regulating the amount of sugar in the blood after a meal.  Basically, it helps you feel better by reducing blood sugar spikes.  Unbalanced blood sugar feeds chronic inflammation and chronic inflammation makes it difficult to have stable blood sugar.  
  2. Enhanced insulin sensitivity and stable blood glucose strengthen your ability to maintain a healthy weight.  Excess body fat is an inflammation-producing “organ,” not just a reservoir for excess calories like we used to believe.  It has been shown to improve glucose and lipid levels in people with Type 2 Diabetes.
  3. Inflammation is directly reduced with cinnamon.  Along with other spices like turmeric red pepper, black pepper, licorice, clove, ginger, garlic, and coriander, cinnamon targets inflammatory pathways and potentials helps reduce inflammatory diseases like Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Researchers in Italy found that cinnamon is often more effective at eliminating Helicobacter pylori, the bacterial cause of most stomach ulcers, than Amoxicillin.  Bacteria don’t show resistance to the spice; H. pylori are becoming increasingly resistant to standard antibiotic treatment.  

No matter the reason or the season, START SOMEWHERE including more cinnamon in your day.  It’s best to add it at the end of the cooking process because it loses some of its potent aroma and flavor with prolonged heat.

Cinnamon has many, many more benefits than I have listed here!  And, it has been extensively studied.  Writing this post has made me extremely hungry!  Based on this intriguing research, cinnamon will definitely help us all LIVE YOUNGER.

Eat more cinnamon and check out my previous posts on medicinal culinary spices.  Cinnamon decreases inflammation and is appetizing in both sweet and savory foods.  It is inexpensive and is loaded with antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats.  Start slowly incorporating habits into your life that give you more energy and joy.  You can do it.  I will help you.  

Cinnamon Decreases Inflammation

Cinnamon Decreases Inflammation