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Cinnamon is really good for you!

The anti-inflammatory benefits of cinnamon are widely known. I only discovered them a few years ago when I started making my health a bigger priority. Thanks to Tim Ferriss, whose work I admire, I delved into the benefits of this special spice. Over time, I've incorporated some of his suggestions into my life, and they've all had positive effects. Cinnamon tops the list.

I don't believe in magic pills or quick fixes for health and fitness. There are no short cuts. It's all about a balanced diet, exercise, and being aware of your calorie consumption. While cinnamon isn't a cure-all, it's definitely beneficial and easy to add to your regular routine so you can receive its health benefits daily.

Cinnamon has been a staple in my daily routine since 2017. I carry it with me wherever I go, much to the amusement of my friends and family. Whether it's pulling out a spice jar from my coat pocket at a diner for breakfast or unpacking it from my luggage during a weekend trip with friends, my "dedication" to this spice often raises eyebrows and sparks laughter.

While my wife may not appreciate the cloud of cinnamon dust in our kitchen or on the car console, it's a habit that isn't going away.

There are several easy ways to incorporate cinnamon into your diet. Here are a few examples:

  • Add it to your coffee for extra flavor. This is the easiest method for me since I drink a fair bit of coffee. If you're a tea drinker, give that tea a dash or two.

  • Sprinkling it on a healthy cereal makes that Total a bit tastier, and it pairs perfectly with oatmeal or yogurt.

  • It's a nice addition to a glass of dairy or non-dairy milk.

  • I use it generously in any healthy cake or cookie recipe.

The type and amount of cinnamon used are crucial factors. Ceylon cinnamon offers the most health benefits. In terms of quantity, it's recommended to limit intake to about one teaspoon per day. While individual tolerance varies, exceeding this amount can have adverse effects on the body.

For health benefits, cinnamon is known to be very effective for lowering the glycemic response to meals. What does that mean?

  • It means that it helps to aid in blood sugar regulation. This is especially beneficial for those with or at risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • Cinnamon also shows promise in reducing blood pressure and lipid (e.g. fat) levels in the blood.

  • Cinnamon has properties that fight inflammation and act as antioxidants, which can protect your body from damage caused by harmful molecules.

  • It may even boost your metabolism and reduce cravings for unhealthy foods.

The key is to do it consistently and make it a regular (coffee, cereal, yogurt) habit. Cinnamon has been a huge boost to my overall well-being. Alongside regular exercise and a balanced diet, cinnamon has become a cornerstone of my health regimen that I plan to take with me on my journey into my later years.



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