- This fragrant spice is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde, giving the spice both its distinct flavor and scent, which scientists believe is responsible for its powerful effects on health and metabolism.
- Loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols*. They have numerous health benefits that may offer protection from the development of cancers, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
- Cinnamon can be used as or considered to be a natural food preservative.
- The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower your risk of disease.
- Cinnamon may improve some key risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
- Cinnamon has been shown to significantly increase sensitivity to the hormone insulin.
- Cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels, having a potent anti-diabetic effect at 1–6 grams or 0.5–2 teaspoons per day.
- Cinnamon may have beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases.
- Animal and test-tube studies indicate that cinnamon may have protective effects against cancer.
- Cinnamaldehyde has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which may reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath.
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- Both nectarines and peaches are a good source of Vitamin C, carotenoids and potassium.
- Both nectarines and peaches also provide Vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, fiber and some iron.
- Due to the high amount of Vitamin C, flavonoids, anthocyanins and phenolic acids, both peaches and nectarines have excellent antioxidant properties.
- Nectarines provide twice the amount of Vitamin A, and slightly more Vitamin C and potassium than peaches do.