The Health Benefits of Cinnamon Tea

We cannot underestimate the health benefits of cinnamon.  This article will examine the health benefits of cinnamon tea, especially for those of us with Type 2 Diabetes.

Let us go straight to the information about cinnamon tea and the loads full of benefits when diabetics and non-diabetics indulge in this delicious tea.

Cinnamon Tea Helps to Reduce Blood Sugar

This health benefit is dear to my heart.  I love to add a little cinnamon to my coffee in the mornings, or just do the plain cinnamon by itself, and I do believe it helps to lower my blood sugar.  When I skip it for a week or two, I see a slight increase in my blood sugar readings.

Our body sometimes does a poor job with how it handles insulin.  This is called insulin resistance and it is here that cinnamon does its magic.  Note that with insulin resistance there is too much glucose in the blood because enough of it is not used by our cells.  Cinnamon tea helps to regulate the glucose found in our blood.

Let us remember the ill-effects of too many carbs for diabetics.  Please read this article about a carbohydrate-restricted diet to see why diabetics should keep their carb intake low so that we can effectively control diabetes.  Drinking cinnamon tea regularly also helps to control how our body breaks down carbohydrates.

The researchers have always said that we should purchase Ceylon Cinnamon instead of Cassia Cinnamon.  The reason given is that the Cassia Cinnamon has more coumarin which is known to cause liver damage when we consume a lot of this substance.

Cinnamon Tea Lowers Inflammation

It is certainly not new to us – Inflammation is blamed for a number of illnesses, some can even result in death.  It is said that cinnamon helps to reduce inflammation and by and large, the tea is worth having.

Diabetes, heart diseases, and high cholesterol have been known to respond to an inflammation-free diet.  This simply means eating whole foods and avoiding junk food.  Drinking cinnamon tea when eating this way can help to avoid diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol.

How could we forget to mention arthritis?  Cinnamon has been proven to effectively fight arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties.  This is another good reason to indulge ones’ pallette with a cup of cinnamon tea.

Read this article to see how Mexico is tackling her junk food problems.  It is also a good time to take a look at this previously written article about the health benefits of cinnamon.

Antioxidants and the Fight Against Free Radicals

Cinnamon has been widely written about for the high level of antioxidants.  Please note that oxidation (caused by free radicals) are fought off by antioxidants.  It is also worth noting that free radicals are considered to be one of the culprits resulting in diabetes, heart diseases, and high cholesterol.

A Brief Look at Free Radicals

When we think of free radicals a few things come to mind – Aging and a myriad of illnesses which include diabetes, heart diseases, and high cholesterol.

Please permit a little chemistry here in order to understand free radicals.  Around an atom, we will see electrons.  Electrons regularly take a path around the atom in layers we call shells.  These shells are filled using electrons.  When one shell is full, then electrons start to fill up the other shell.

When a shell is not full, then the atom bonds with another atom.  Yes, it is trying to fill up that shell.  This atom is what we call free radicals.  This type of atom is unstable.  The result is that they do not hesitate to react with other substances.

The result can be oxidative stress, which damages our cells, causing us to wrinkle and to suffer from a number of illnesses.  Please see below for some possibilities as free radicals take control:

  • Alzheimer
  • Dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Hair loss
  • DIABETES

I am sure you can now appreciate the health benefit of a little cinnamon tea to fight against free radicals.

Cinnamon Tea for Weight Loss

It has been said that if we want to reduce our waistline then we should try to embrace the idea of adding some cinnamon to our daily food intake.  I take the opportunity to add some cinnamon to a few of my meals and I can truly see the difference.

Yes, it makes my coffee, tea, and meats such as pork more delicious.  I also love adding a little cinnamon when I am baking.  Cinnamon is delicious in a lot of my bread recipes.  It should be stated here that usually cinnamon is combined with other measures such as calorie intake and so cannot be truly praised for the total weight loss effects.

Excess coumarin can also result in bleeding and worsened liver disease.  The take away here is MODERATION.  I make a daily attempt to be cautious as it relates to especially my herbs and spices.  I sometimes just leave things like ginger, garlic, cumin, and cinnamon out of my diet for a week.

Please see below for an infographic supporting the above information about cinnamon:

 

The health benefits of cinnamon tea infographic.

 

Cinnamon in the Christmas Season

Cinnamon has a lot to do with Christmas.  It is a popular spice used in teas, coffees, latte, on pork, etc.  It is a smart idea, especially if one is diabetic to make an attempt to include cinnamon in our meals.  Cinnamon is a treat in coffee.  It adds a rich flavor, whilst helping to regulate our blood sugar.

I also like to add cinnamon to my hot chocolate.  Yes, this is another favorite hot beverage in my country and we especially love to drink this at Christmas time.  You get my drift.  We also add cinnamon to this delightful drink (hot chocolate).

The fruit cake is not to be left hanging.  Yes, cinnamon and more cinnamon.  I try to be cautious and to exercise moderation in pretty much everything I do, but I must confess that when it comes to Christmas, I go a bit overboard with drinking cinnamon-flavored beverages and adding it to my meats.  I also love to add cinnamon to my bread mixture.

 


 

Two Recipes with Cinnamon

Let us begin with the hot chocolate tea with cinnamon.

Chocolate Tea with Cinnamon

Please look below for the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 chocolate ball
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon condensed milk
  • 1-quart water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (you could use 3 to 4 leaves from the cinnamon tree instead)

Method:

  1. Grate the chocolate
  2. Boil water
  3. Add cinnamon sticks and grated chocolate
  4. Allow it to boil for approximately 10 to 15 minutes
  5. Sweeten and add a pinch of salt
  6. Remove the cinnamon sticks/leaves and enjoy

Here is one of my favorites – Jamaican Blue Draws (Dukunu).

Dukunu – Jamaican Blue Draws

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • banana leaf and bark

Method:

  1. Cut the banana leaf along the midvein and throw this piece out, keeping the leaves.
  2. Cut the leaf into 4 rectangular pieces.  Try to make them even.
  3. Pass the pieces of leaves over a flame.  This is done to wilt the leaves.  Another method, which is the one I use is to dip them into hot water for them to wilt.
  4. Remove the banana leaf pieces from the pot.  Use a tong.  Set them aside.
  5. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  6. Add the dry ingredients mixture to the grated coconut and mix to combine.
  7. Add the coconut milk and the vanilla.  Mix well to combine.
  8. Place 1/2 teaspoon of butter in the center of each piece of leaf.
  9. Add a quarter of the mixture to the center of a piece of banana leaf.  Fold the edges of the leaf over the mixture to completely cover.
  10. Use the banana bark to tie the blue draws.
  11. Repeat steps 8 to 10 until the mixture is done.
  12. Boil a medium pot of water on medium heat and add the tied blue draws.  Reduce the heat and simmer for an hour.
  13. Remove from pot, cool, unwrap and enjoy with a glass of sorrel, or a cup of coffee with cinnamon.

I will continue to share more recipes with cinnamon.  All you have to do is to stay tuned.  Yes, keep checking the website for updates and subscribe below for updates in your email box.

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Additional Readings

  1. Admin. “15 Amazing Benefits of Cinnamon Tea for Staying Healthy.” Moores Road Medical Centre, 13 June 2019, www.mooresroadmedicalcentre.com.au/15-amazing-benefits-of-cinnamon-tea-for-staying-healthy/.
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10 Comments


  1. // Reply

    I just love cinnamon, maybe because of its delicious smell. I occasionally take it in tea, but use it a lot more often in my oatmeal. It is good to know that other than it’s delicious smell, it also has all these health benefits as a bonus!

    Thanks for the explanation of free radicals and how they can trigger several medical conditions. I can see how cinnamon can help relieve arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties. I will be sure to ask my sister who suffers from this condition to try it out.
    Thanks

    Ceci


    1. // Reply

      Hey Ceci, I also love cinnamon in my oatmeal. I absolutely love having it in my coffee. I do see that it helps with controlling diabetes and so it is a must in my pantry.

      Take a look at this video – just thought you would be interested.

      Click HERE.


  2. // Reply

    Hey Josephine,

    I am so pleased I came across your article. I am from the UK, so as you can imagine I am a HUGE tea drinker. I drink too much of it actually and I have decided that if I drink that much, then I should start drinking a healthier version.

    Cinnamon tea definitely does sound like it is a lot healthier than normal tea. I have never drank cinnamon tea, so I will love to try it.

    When I do try it I will let you know what I think and if I am going to continue to drink it.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Tom


    1. // Reply

      Thanks, Tom. I know you will enjoy it. I am having coffee with cinnamon this morning. Do return and tell us your experience.


  3. // Reply

    Thanks for all this info. Cinnamon is one of my favourite things, you’re so right, it makes me think of Christmas! I myself am a massive fan of it on chai tea and gingerbread lattes. It really gives it that finishing touch. I love that you explain all the uses for it here, so many handy tips! It is one versatile spice!

    I also really enjoyed your science info on free radicals, I didn’t know that was how it occurs and also all the things it’s responsible for. And it’s so great that you are also showing cinnamon as possible prevention from some of these things therefore giving your readers actionable advice. Thank you, such a helpful read!


    1. // Reply

      Natalie, I just love what you said, “it really gives it the finishing touch.” That is the best way to tell the effect of cinnamon when added to foods and drinks.

      Thanks for your support. I appreciate that you took the time to stop, read and comment. I wish for you continued success in all your endeavors and may God keep you and your family safe.


  4. // Reply

    Great read, Josephine! Like you, I am a huge advocate of ‘food as medicine’. Especially because we can adjust it to our personal needs so well.

    I have several family members that unfortunately suffer from diabetes, but equally unfortunately they don’t want to change anything in their food habits. I have changed my food habits after a diagnosis of way too high cholesterol and found out that it is actually fun to discover what helps us.

    Cinnamon is delicious. I have never thought of adding it to tea or coffee though, so I am going to try that. 🙂
    Take care.


    1. // Reply

      Hannie, continue to use food as your medicine and maybe you will be able to influence some family members when they witness your successes.

      Let us know once you tried the cinnamon in your coffee. I appreciate the visit.


  5. // Reply

    Great article, Josephine.

    I have always believed in following a healthy lifestyle which as you know includes a well-balanced diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep.
    I was aware of cinnamon’s healing properties and do use it regularly in cooking and baking.
    I have never tried it in coffee or tea, it sounds like it would be delicious.
    One treat I enjoy occasionally is cinnamon toast, great with a cup of green tea.
    How often should one drink cinnamon tea or coffee? How much cinnamon would be too much?


    1. // Reply

      Thank you Deb. Your visit is always appreciated. I use 1/4 teaspoon to 1 cup of coffee and I mostly do a single cup for the day. When I am doing cinnamon tea, I use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per cup of water. Cheers.

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