Cinnamon Tea Benefits to Elevate Your Health

If I told you that a key ingredient for cinnamon rolls demonstrated one of Nature’s strongest antioxidant activity would you be excited? If you jumped for joy, I’m going to have to ask you to sit back down. While cinnamon has proven anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, baked goods have not. Trust me, I’m still waiting for the studies. But as we await the verdict, let’s review the healing health benefits of cinnamon, along with how to make an aromatic cup of cinnamon tea.

Before We Begin…

Generally, when shopping for cinnamon you will have two options available; Cassia or Ceylon cinnamon. While both varieties provide proven health benefits, Cassia cinnamon contains a significantly higher amount of coumarin than Ceylon cinnamon. Coumarin is a compound that may be harmful if consumed in large quantities.

Ceylon cinnamon is known as the “true” cinnamon and comes from a rarer tree, which results in the price being more expensive. Cassia cinnamon comes from trees that are more common and ultimately, less expensive. Always be sure to check the label when shopping for cinnamon. If it doesn’t specifically say Ceylon cinnamon, then you can safely assume it’s not.

Cinnamon Tea Health Benefits

Antioxidant Rich

Anti-Inflammatory

Cardiovascular Support

Insulin Resistance

Anti-Cancer

Antibacterial

Basic Tea Recipe

Antioxidant Rich

When it comes to optimizing our health, antioxidants play a very important. How? Antioxidants protect our bodies from the oxidative damage that free radicals inflict. This protection aids our bodies in fighting disease as well as slowing aging (all about that!). Antioxidant such as polyphenols, flavonoids and phenolic acid are found in cinnamon, making this aromatic spice a rich source of protective compounds.

Often when we think of healing herbs and spices rosemary, garlic and thyme are the first that come to mind. However, in this study that compared the antioxidant capacity of twenty-six spices, cinnamon emerged the winner. While this doesn’t give liberty to go wild eating sweet, gooey cinnamon rolls (one can dream…), it does demonstrate the positive impact cinnamon can have when it comes to our health.

Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation has a necessary function in our bodies. Per research, inflammation is a natural response to damage that helps our bodies to repair and heal. However, when the inflammation does not subside, this is what is known as chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is damaging to the body and is found to be the root of various diseases. Antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties can help to support cardiovascular health, fight cancer and lower the risk of disease.

Researchers have found that the antioxidants found in cinnamon have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which aid in reducing inflammation in the body. This reduction in inflammation can also have positive effects when it comes to managing pain. This inflammation study conducted on athlete women found that after consuming cinnamon for six weeks, muscle soreness was reduced.

Cardiovascular Support

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. In the United States, around 610,000 people die from heart disease each year, which averages to one in every four deaths. Not a fan of these stats? Keep reading.

Cinnamon has been shown in studies to lower the risk factors that contribute to heart diseases, such as high cholesterol and triglycerides. This study conducted on type 2 diabetes patients found that cinnamon consumption could decrease total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Additionally, levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol increased.

Cinnamon has also been shown to effectively reduce high blood pressure, another risk factor for heart disease.

Insulin Resistance

The hormone insulin helps to regulate the amount of glucose in our blood and its transport into our cells. Insulin resistance is when our body’s cells don’t respond to insulin. My doctor described it as throwing a party and though insulin shows up, nobody really notices it. So, instead of glucose entering our cells like normal, it builds up in our blood.

Insulin resistance (IR) is quite common and while being diagnosed with IR does not mean you will develop type 2 diabetes, it does increase the risk. For this reason, it’s important to have a healthy discussion with your doctor to understand your individual risks and how to manage it.

The polyphenols in cinnamon has been shown in studies to significantly reduce insulin resistance. Cinnamon has also shown the potential to help lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients.

Anti-Cancer

The powerful antioxidant properties of cinnamon have led to studies on its potential use in preventing and fighting cancer. Research suggests that cinnamon extracts help to combat cancer by reducing cancer cell growth as well as encouraging cancer death (cell apoptosis). In this study, results show that compounds in cinnamon extract inhibit tumor cell proliferation in vitro and induced active cell death of tumor cells.

Though further research is required with respect to cinnamon’s spectrum of use a natural cancer-fighting agent, its proven anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative (limit the spread of cells) and pro-apoptotic (causes cell-death) properties are promising.

Antibacterial

Cinnamon is commonly used a medicinal thanks to the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that it naturally possesses. This is due largely in part to cinnamaldehyde, the main component that gives cinnamon it’s ability to combat illness. Cinnamaldehyde’s antifungal and antibacterial properties found in cinnamon tea, can help to reduce infections, combat tooth decay, and heal sore throats.

Basic Cinnamon Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

3” piece of cinnamon stick or ½-1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon powder

1 cup of water

Raw honey to sweeten (optional)

Directions:

To prepare the cinnamon tea, boil a 3-inch piece of cinnamon stick in 1¼ cups of water for 15-20 minutes. Let steep for 15 minutes.

If using cinnamon powder, mix ½ to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with hot water and stir. Let steep for 15 minutes. When the tea has cooled to a comfortable sipping temperature, add the raw honey. High heat will destroy the natural goodness raw honey contains, therefore you want the tea to cool to a comfortable sipping temperature first. Sip to enjoy.

Cinnamon Tea Benefits

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  • I’ve heard cinnamon is good for the body, but didn’t know why. Thanks!

    • oloxir

      Yes, it truly has some great benefits!

  • Carola

    Very interesting. I had no idea. But this is great. I’ll definitely start drinking it more.

    • oloxir

      Glad I could show you something new! I hope you enjoy the tea 🙂

  • Gillian Kent

    I enjoy cinnamon in lots of dishes. I’ll give tea a try too. I appreciate the info about sources of cinnamon.

    • oloxir

      You’re welcome, thanks for stopping by Gillian!

  • Bianca Sasha

    Cinnamon is my favourite spices, I put it in coffee, baking, tomato sauces- EVERYWHERE; thanks for reinforcing my love!

    • oloxir

      Wow, I’ve never added cinnamon to tomato sauces! How much do you usually add? 🙂

  • Going to make myself some cinnamon tea now! Thanks for all the good info.

    • oloxir

      Enjoy your cup :)!

  • Wow! I didn’t know there were so many benefits to one of my favorite teas! Haha. Thanks for sharing the knowledge 🙂

    xo Kathryn
    http://www.fashionablyfrank.com

    • oloxir

      Not problem :), glad you found it useful!

  • shannon

    Lots of great reasons to love cinnamon even more!

    • oloxir

      Absolutely!

  • Babies to Bookworms

    I love cinnamon tea! This just makes it even better!!

    • oloxir

      Me too! I love it with honey. It even tastes good with a little apple cider vinegar added 🙂

  • jacqueline

    wow that’s so awesome! I had no idea. I’ve also never had cinnamon tea cause I used to hate cinnamon but this sounds so perfect. Can’t wait to try it!

    • oloxir

      It’s really great! If you prefer a milder cinnamon flavor, try using the Ceylon cinnamon 🙂