Cinnamon is dried bark of the plant cinnamomum verum and one small teaspoon of ground cinnamon contains only six calories, but it contains large doses of manganese, a mineral that activates the key enzymes in the body.
Its benefits do not stop there – it also contains active polyphenols similar to those found in teas. Cinnamon components function as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, and also are good for the regulation of insulin.
One of the most famous benefits of cinnamon is its role in reducing the blood sugar. According to some studies, people who added cinnamon into their breakfast had decreased levels of blood sugar two hours after eating, compared with those who ate food without cinnamon. The spice can also provide cognitive improvements, which were published in a study, which found that people with high levels of blood sugar who consumed cinnamon had better memory than those who did not.
Another study, however, showed that a small amount of cinnamon, less than a quarter teaspoon, works better than placebo for relief the menstrual cramps.
The conclusion is that cinnamon should definitely be part of your diet, especially because it can be added to almost everything, the sweet and savory dishes, water, tea, yogurt based fruit or fruit salads, on cereals, on cottage cheese, in marinades for meat or you can cook the same.