While it may be an ingredient in your favorite batch of cookies, or a flavor you like to add to your morning bowl of oatmeal, cinnamon is more than just a delicious taste.
Not only does it make food taste better, cinnamon can actually do a lot for your health. At only six calories per teaspoon, this spice is an guilt-free addition to many dishes without having to rely on sugar.
Here are eight benefits that you may see with a daily dose of cinnamon in your diet (the Cleveland Clinic recommends about 1/4 to one teaspoon per day).
1. It could lower blood pressure
Some studies have suggested that cinnamon may lower blood glucose levels in people who have type 2 diabetes. This could mean that the spice could be a promising supplement for those who suffer from the disease.
2. It may be able to clear up your acne
Cinnamon has an antibacterial effect which could be translated to breakouts. Create a simple pimple-fighting topical mask by combining 2 teaspoons of raw, organic honey with a sprinkle of cinnamon. After applying it to your face, wait ten minutes and then rinse with warm water and a gentle cloth.
3. It promotes younger-looking skin
According to a 2013 study, research suggested that cinnamon extract "significantly promotes type I collagen biosynthesis within dermal fibroblasts." That means it can help with wrinkles and aging skin!
4. It could help your memory
A research team found that chewing cinnamon gum during a test "improved participants' scores on tasks related to attentional processes, virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual-motor response speed." While it may have been a small study, if you need to focus, this may help!