A Spicy Superpower

It is a brisk Fall day here in Maine, and I am having my 3rd cup of tea. One thing I like to do is add some cinnamon to my coffee and tea. When we think of cinnamon, we may think of apple pie, but cinnamon is more than an aromatic spice: it is also a strong medicinal herb used for thousands of years for a variety of ailments. Cinnamon was actually once more valuable than gold!

Many have long revered cinnamon as a superpower used to treat things such as colds, indigestion and cramps and also believed to improve vitality and circulation. In traditional Chinese medicine, Cassia cinnamon is used for colds,  nausea, and diarrhea. It’s also believed to improve energy, and be particularly useful for people who tend to feel hot in their upper body but have cold feet.The potential health benefits attributable to cinnamon could be stated as nothing short of astonishing.

Cinnamon has also been linked to weight management because it boosts your metabolic rate. Consuming cinnamon creates heat, which causes your metabolism to work overtime to maintain body temperature (this is similar to drinking ice-cold beverages). More calories are burned during this process. According to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service, Cinnamon is one spice that significantly increases your metabolism, and all you have to ingest is less than one teaspoon per day.

So, go ahead and relocate cinnamon front and center in your spice rack. Try adding it to your daily regime and see if you notice a change.

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