Even if most of us aren’t curators of spices and herbs, there’s generally one in everyone’s spice shelf – cinnamon! Used in everything from Cinnabun to my old favorite – Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea by Harney & Sons – we rarely think of how this wonderful spice’s scent and taste are impacting our health.
According to a a study presented at the American College of Nutrition’s annual meeting, cinnamon could be a key player on the battlefield of metabolic syndrome (think obesity, high blood pressure, and insulin-resistance). An estimated 25-32% of Americans have this condition.
The study found that cinnamon increases antioxidant levels in the blood and decreases oxidative stress. Other research shows the spice reduces blood glucose levels and blood pressure.