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Cinnamon may just be a spice that you add to your favorite treats but it delivers a lot of wonderful benefits to your health. Find out how it boosts well-being.
Balance blood sugar
Drinks or food flavored with cinnamon can curb energy-sapping blood sugar fluctuations by 29 percent, according to researchers. Thanks to the unique plant compounds in the spice that stimulate insulin activity, increasing the body's ability to absorb and use sugar more than 20 fold.
Adding 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to your daily diet can help reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels by 30 percent and total cholesterol by 26 percent. The spice is packed with calcium and fiber; a combo that prompts the body to break down these harmful blood fats so they can be eliminated from the body.
Cinnamon contains powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals before they can cause damage to cells. This in turn reduces the cellular inflammation that has been shown to increase belly-fat storage.