Last Updated on December 27, 2020
Everybody loves tea, right?
There are so many different varieties that even the person with the most peculiar taste on Earth will surely find one type of tea that he truly enjoys. And those who don’t like hot beverages can drink it ice cold. Iced tea is just as tasty and a great and healthy drink for the summer – as long as you don’t add any sugar!
But the delicious taste of tea and its warm and cozy effect (or refreshing, depending on the season) are not the only things that make it so appealing. Teas also have several properties that make them have a very positive effect on our health at several levels. One of the tastiest and healthiest teas is precisely cinnamon tea.
In case you don’t know, cinnamon has been used as a natural remedy in traditional Chinese medicine for a long time! It is loaded with powerful antioxidants (especially polyphenol antioxidants) that can prevent the cell damage caused by free radicals.
Let’s find out exactly what the benefits of cinnamon tea are!
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1. Reduces blood sugar levels
Cinnamon has some properties that have a similar effect on the human body to that of insulin. That’s right. Cinnamon helps your liver and muscles absorb the glucose in the bloodstream, which is a great way to prevent high blood sugar and health complications that derive from it, such as type 2 diabetes, one of the most common chronic diseases of the modern era. Some studies also claim that what cinnamon does is lowering insulin resistance. Either way, you should try it. It can be a great way to reduce your blood sugar levels and keep you healthy.
2. Improves heart health
Several medical studies have been conducted in an attempt to understand the impact of cinnamon on heart health, and the results are quite promising. Cinnamon may reduce inflammation, triglyceride, and LDL cholesterol levels(while simultaneously increasing the levels of HDL cholesterol – the good one), as well as lower blood pressure. These are all things that improve your health and decrease the risk of developing dangerous health problems such as heart attacks and coronary heart disease – the leading cause of death in developing countries.
3. Promotes weight loss
People have been drinking cinnamon tea to help them achieve their weight loss goals for a long time. It is believed that it can promote fat loss and reduce waist circumference. And we all know how difficult getting rid of belly fat can be. Of course, to lose weight, it is always necessary to combine a healthy diet with a regular workout routine. Otherwise, it just won’t happen. This effect is not scientifically proven. According to one study, the amount of cinnamon necessary to achieve significant fat mass reduction is dangerously high. Cinnamon has a component called coumarin, that when consumed in excess, may cause liver damage.
4. Reduces the symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
Are you one of those women who always get a really hard time before you get your period? Premenstrual syndrome can make your life miserable for a few days. If that’s the case, try cinnamon tea. For some women, cinnamon tea is highly effective in reducing menstrual cramps and other PMS symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
5. Prevents tooth decay
Tooth decay is one of the most common and annoying dental problems. Cinnamaldehyde, one of the main compounds of cinnamon, is proven to have a great antibacterial effect. This means that it may give you healthy teeth by reducing bad breath and preventing tooth decay. This is another amazingly surprising health benefit of drinking cinnamon tea.
6. Prevents bacterial infections
The antibacterial effect of cinnamaldehyde is also capable of preventing some of the most common bacterial infections. This includes E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus. Drink cinnamon tea every once in a while. Your immune system will highly appreciate it!
7. Improve the condition of your skin
Cinnamon tea may help you delay the effects of aging on skin by stimulating the production of collagen. This is a protein that provides structure to the skin and keeps its elasticity. As you get older, your body naturally reduces the amount of collagen being produced (and the one that keeps being produced is of lower quality). That’s why it is important to stimulate its production! The antibacterial compound that we mentioned previously may also prevent the acne caused by bacteria. How to make cinnamon tea? Lastly, here are three tasty cinnamon recipes you can try!
Recipe 1 Ingredients: 1 cinnamon stick; 1 cup of boiling water; 1 black tea bag; honey or another sweetener of your preference (optional). Preparation: Grab a mug and place the cinnamon stick inside it. Add the boiling water and cover the mug for about ten minutes. Then, add the teabag and wait another couple of minutes. Remove both the tea bag and the cinnamon stick and enjoy your cinnamon tea!
Recipe 2 Ingredients: 2 cinnamon sticks; 40 g of peeled and chopped ginger; 2.8 liters of water; honey or another sweetener of your preference (optional). Preparation: Put the water, the cinnamon sticks, and the ginger into a large saucepan and heat it in the stove on medium-low. Let the mixture simmer for at least an hour. With the help of a strainer, you can strain the ginger pieces and cinnamon out of the tea. Then, pour the mixture in the saucepan into a mug. Enjoy your cinnamon tea!
Recipe 3 Ingredients: 4 garlic cloves; 4 cups of water; 3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon; 3 tablespoons of lemon juice; 1 green tea bag; 1 tablespoon of honey (optional). Preparation: Add the ground cinnamon and the garlic cloves to the water and bring it to boil for about seven minutes. Remove it from the heat source and add the teabag. After five minutes, it is time to remove the tea bags and add the lemon juice and the honey. Put it on low heat for another couple of minutes, pour it into a mug, and enjoy your cinnamon tea!