7 Health Benefits of Consuming Cinnamon
Lately, I’ve been all about cinnamon. I’ve taken to sprinkling it in smoothies, on hot cereal and even on vegetables sometimes. I also take about 500 mg daily of the new water-soluble cinnamon extract product we developed at Stop Aging Now.
In researching cinnamon’s health benefits as part of the development process, I’ve become convinced that it is a supplement just about anyone can benefit from.
Cinnamon has been used as both a culinary spice and medicinal herb for thousands of years. Recently however, groundbreaking research on cinnamon has led to some exciting discoveries in the areas of blood sugar control, weight loss, cardiovascular health and more.
Here are 7 evidence-based reasons to consume cinnamon:
1. Balances blood sugar
A recent study showed that people who consume cinnamon daily have improved insulin function and increased levels of a peptide that helps to prevent overeating, which can lead to spikes in blood sugar. Another study showed that supplementing with 500 mg of a water-soluble cinnamon extract regulates blood sugar in people with insulin resistance.
2. Promotes weight loss
Cinnamon’s ability to help control blood sugar makes it a valuable tool for weight loss. The fat cells in your abdomen are particularly sensitive to high insulin levels, and are very effective at storing excess calories that become fat. Research shows that cinnamon may actually mimic insulin, which can translate into fat loss.
3. Helps your heart
Research has shown that cinnamon contains powerful antioxidant substances that promote optimal blood vessel health and support optimal heart function. Scientists believe that cinnamon’s free radical fighting properties may be the reason that it has effectively balanced both blood pressure and cholesterol levels in numerous clinical studies.
4. Fights cognitive decline
In a recent study, researchers at Tel Aviv University found that potent extracts from cinnamon bark inhibit the toxic amyloid polypeptide oligomers and fibrils that have been found in Alzheimer’s brain plaque formations. They isolated certain compounds, called proanthocyanidins, and determined that they are responsible for the majority of cinnamon’s brain health benefits.
5. Keeps cells healthy
Research has linked certain antioxidant compounds found in cinnamon to anti-tumor effects. One animal study found that a particular component of cinnamon impaired the proliferation of abnormal cells and slowed tumor growth.
6. Soothes inflammation
In a 2005 study, South Korean researchers demonstrated that compounds found in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects and have the potential to reduce inflammation in gastritis and other conditions related to inflammation.
7. Fights infection
The healing power of cinnamon has been known since biblical times when high priests used the spice to protect against infectious disease. Its antiviral properties have been confirmed by modern research, and studies have also shown that it has antibacterial properties. A 2007 study found that even small doses of cinnamon boosted the activity of the antibiotic clindamycin.
Pretty convincing, wouldn’t you say?
But before you go swallowing cinnamon by the spoonful please read this:
Most people don’t know that cinnamon contains volatile oils, and when used frequently in high doses, it can be toxic to the liver. The safest way to benefit from consuming cinnamon is to take a cinnamon extract supplement, but make sure it says “water-soluble” on the label. This ensures that the toxic constituents have been removed while leaving the important active compounds intact. Currently, most experts recommend taking 500 mg a day of a standardized, water-soluble cinnamon extract.
The PERFECT cinnamon solution!
As many of you may know, in addition to my work with Live in the Now, I own a company called Stop Aging Now, which has been making premium-grade dietary supplements for over 15 years. I may be biased, but I worked hard to develop it, and as something of a perfectionist, I think it’s pretty perfect.
We created an affordable and highly effective cinnamon formula called CinnaPure® that is superior to anything else out there. I encourage you to do your own research to make sure you’re getting a superior product at a good price. I am confident, however, that CinnaPure is simply the best cinnamon extract out there, and here’s why:
- The perfect dose: Each small capsule provides 500 mg of the only water-soluble cinnamon extract available that contains the polyphenol polymers recognized to be the most active compounds found in cinnamon.
- Standardized for potency: CinnaPure is produced from a superior source of cinnamon bark standardized to have the highest concentration of active type-A polymers, which have been shown to support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels and have potent antioxidant properties.
- Safe and effective: CinnaPure is made using a method that effectively removes the toxic constituents often found in inferior cinnamon supplements while leaving important active compounds intact, making it completely safe for everyday use.
I personally inspect the manufacturing facility where CinnaPure is made on a monthly basis to make sure my rigorous quality standards are being met, so I feel comfortable saying that I stand by this product 100%.
Whether you’re concerned about avoiding blood sugar trouble down the road, losing weight, protecting your heart or simply increasing your energy levels and feeling better every day, CinnaPure is a smart investment. There is a special offer going on right now and you can get CinnaPure for as low as $14.99 per bottle with free shipping, which is a great deal.
However, don’t just take my word for it. I encourage you to shop around and make sure that you are purchasing the best cinnamon extract you can get — your health depends on it!
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Joshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.
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Article updated on: July 17th, 2014