It’s the signature flavor of your favorite breakfast cereal, latte and marinade. It’s also played a central role in the international spice trade for about as long as that has existed too. But, even in the face of the fact that cinnamon has been bought, sold, and consumed for about as long as humans have been buying, selling and consuming things, we’re still learning about how darn healthy it really is.
Harvested from the inner bark of a variety of genus Cinnamomum tree species, cinnamon is delicious, versatile and a tent-pole of most nutrient-dense diets. So, what are the incredible health benefits of sipping on cinnamon tea? And how would cinnamon greenhorn even know how to brew a cup? Let’s take a look at the science behind this powerful spice, shall we?
Lots of Antioxidants
There’s a reason doctors recommend a diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, and of course, antioxidants.
Antioxidants are natural substances that may delay some types of cell damage, combat those dastardly free radicals, and in turn protect against diabetes, cancer and heart disease. It’s safe to say that increasing your consumption of antioxidants is a good idea, but how can one do that exactly?
Cinnamon tea, obviously. This study shows just how efficient cinnamon can be as a naturally occurring delivery mechanism for antioxidants, placing cinnamon in the top three antioxidant-rich spices behind only oregano and cloves.