Welcome SERV Nutrition Community!
My name is Ian Merzwinski and I am a SERV Nutrition Athlete. While ago, I wrote a blog post talking about my Top 5 Vitamins I think you should be taking. If you have read it, I hope it spoke to you and you were able to put those amazing vitamins to work! If not, please go give it a read.
This week, I want to talk about cinnamon.
This is one healthy spice for you. I love using it in my cooking and I can feel its benefits when I take it. Cinnamon is on the top of almost every list of "healthy, good for you" spices.
I believe you can easily implement it into your daily routine! I want to explain how and why you should. There are many benefits of it but I’ll stick to just three:
Cinnamon has a variety of antioxidants that are found in most superfoods, including berries, dark chocolate, and even red wine! Those certain antioxidants fight what might occur to be oxidative stress in your body. That oxidative stress occurs when there’s an imbalance between free radical activity and antioxidant activity. When functioning properly, free radicals can help fight off pathogens. Those pathogens are what lead to infections. To have a spice that essentially fights off infections is more than amazing if you ask me.
2. Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Anti-inflammatories can help lower swelling and inflammation, help pain management, reduce PMS pains, as well as the severity of allergic reactions. It even helps the brain defend against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. WOW! This spice works wonders for the brain. This reason alone, I think everyone should fit this into their daily routine!
3. Heart Health
Cinnamon has been shown to reduce several of the most common risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure. Studies show that cinnamon is a helpful blood coagulant and can stop excessive bleeding by helping the body to form blood clots. It also increases circulation and improves tissue repair. So if you have had a stroke or heart problems in the past, it can help keep the blood flowing and help restore some broken down or torn tissues.
Now why haven't you put cinnamon in your daily diet? When I make meal plans, I make sure to include it. The goal is to obviously help my clients achieve their goals, but I also want to help them become healthier than they were before. Sometimes it's these little things that make the difference.
My favorite is to mix my cinnamon with a PRODROP. Even though the extra flavor isn’t needed, it 100% adds to the health benefits of this protein.