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Here are 12 science-based health benefits of cinnamon tea
1. Loaded with antioxidants- Cinnamon is one of the spices richest in antioxidants. Cinnamon tea may increase your body’s ability to fight off free radicals, keeping you healthy and protecting you from disease.
2. Lowers inflammation and may improve heart health- Cinnamon contains heart-healthy compounds that may decrease inflammation and raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. It may also reduce your blood pressure and triglyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
3. May help reduce blood sugar- Cinnamon may help reduce your blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, thereby increasing insulin’s effectiveness. These effects may offer protection against type 2 diabetes.
4. May promote weight loss- Drinking large amounts of cinnamon tea may help you lose body fat, but this beverage could contain dangerously high levels of coumarin. More research is needed to establish whether lower dosages also provide weight loss benefits.
5. Fights off bacteria and fungi- Compounds found in cinnamon tea may help fight off bacteria, fungi, and mold. They may also help freshen your breath and prevent tooth decay.
6. May reduce menstrual cramps and other PMS symptoms- Cinnamon tea may help alleviate painful menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms. It may also help reduce menstrual bleeding, as well as nausea and vomiting during menstruation.
Cinnamon tea is touted to offer several additional benefits, including:
7. May fight skin aging- Studies show that cinnamon may promote collagen formation and increase skin elasticity and hydration — all of which may reduce the appearance of aging.
8. May have anticancer properties-Test-tube research has observed that cinnamon extracts may help kill certain types of cancer cells, including skin cancer cells.
9. May help preserve brain function- Test-tube and animal research suggests that cinnamon may protect brain cells from Alzheimer’s disease and improve motor function in those with Parkinson’s disease.
10. May help fight HIV- Test-tube studies report that cinnamon extracts may help fight the most common strain of the HIV virus in humans.
11. May reduce acne-Test-tube research suggests that cinnamon extracts can fight bacteria that cause acne.
Although research on cinnamon is promising, there is currently no evidence that drinking cinnamon tea will provide these benefits. More research is needed before strong conclusions can be made.
12. Easy to add to your diet- Cinnamon tea is incredibly easy to make and incorporate into your diet. You can drink it warm, or cool it to make homemade iced tea. The easiest way to make this beverage is to simply add 1 teaspoon (2.6 grams) of ground cinnamon to 1 cup (235 ml) of boiled water and stir. You can also make cinnamon tea by steeping a cinnamon stick in boiling water for 10–15 minutes.
Cinnamon tea is naturally caffeine-free, so it can be enjoyed anytime throughout the day. However, if you’re specifically interested in its blood-sugar-lowering effects, it may be most effective to consume it with your meals. If you’re currently taking blood-sugar-lowering medication, it’s best to consult your healthcare provider before adding cinnamon tea to your routine.