While most of us really enjoy the flavor and scent of good, old-fashioned cinnamon, you might not realize that this tasty spice comes with a ton of health benefits. The benefits of cinnamon include the following:
Regulates Blood Sugar: Studies have shown a direct correlation between taking cinnamon and the regulation of blood sugar, which is great news for Type 2 Diabetics.
Regulates Cholesterol: A mere half teaspoon of cinnamon can significantly reduce LDL cholesterol levels.
Yeast Infections: Studies are showing that yeast infections which typically resist medication respond well to a little cinnamon. Who knew?
Reduces Arthritis Pain: Half a teaspoon of cinnamon, combined with half a teaspoon of honey, mixed together and taken first thing in the morning has significantly reduced arthritis pain in patients.
Anti-Bacterial: Cinnamon serves as a natural food preservative.
Cancer Prevention: Some studies are linking cinnamon to the reduction of cancer cell growth in leukemia and lymphoma patients.
Blood Clotting: Cinnamon helps prevent blood clotting.
Brain Health: Links have been made to the smell of cinnamon and boosts in memory and cognition.
Fights E Coli: The bacteria e coli has not withstood cinnamon in tests done on unpasteurized juices.
In addition to all of these benefits, cinnamon is a very nutrient rich spice containing iron, calcium, fiber and manganese. Because cinnamon is so rich in flavor, nutrients and health benefits, a number of people are finding new ways to incorporate more cinnamon into their diet each day. Of course, this finely ground spice has traditionally been used in desserts such as pies, cakes, coffee cakes, cinnamon buns, etc. Further, it is now being added to hot chocolate, tea, liquor and other beverages. Some cultures are sprinkling it in breads, atop breakfast cereals or fruits such as apples, etc.
For a healthy snack, you might decide to try our delicious and highly nutritious vanilla cinnamon pudding (recipe shown below).
Vanilla Cinnamon Pudding
2 scoops Prograde Protein Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon stevia
Water (to achieve desired consistency, usually 1/4 cup)
Blend Prograde Protein powder, cinnamon and stevia together in a bowl until it has mixed well. Add a little cold water and mix it in. Keep adding a tiny amount of water and mixing it well until you reach the consistency that you desire. Then put it in the refrigerator to cool. Once cooled then enjoy!
Protein: 48 grams
Carbs: 4 grams
Fat: 2 grams
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