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Cinnamon has been used medicinally for over 4,000 years to improve everything from cognitive function to diabetes. Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of many varieties of tropical Evergreen trees and is most well-known for its essential oils and phytonutrients. Today, cinnamon is still commonly used to help treat common ailments.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that cinnamon can help control blood sugar in individuals with diabetes due to its polyphenols. According to the USDA, cinnamon mimics insulin (the hormone that helps our bodies digest carbohydrates), which leads to more glucose in our cells.

Cinnamaldehyde is a phytonutrient found in cinnamon and is believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Cinnamaldehyde can help control blood clotting, which ultimately has cardiovascular benefits. (However, you should consult with your health care provider if you are on medications for blood clotting, as cinnamon may interfere.) This phytonutrient also helps control H.pylori, the bacteria responsible for ulcers.

Nutritional Breakdown

Two teaspoons of cinnamon provides 2.5 grams of fiber, 38% of the Daily Value (DV) of manganese, 9.6% DV iron and 5.6% DV iron. Similarly, one teaspoon provides as many antioxidants as 1 cup of pomegranate juice and ½ cup blueberries.


Ground cinnamon can be stored for 6 months. Cinnamon sticks can be stored for up to 1 year. Both varieties should be stored in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark, dry place. The shelf life can be extended even further by storing cinnamon in the refrigerator.

Eat More

Don't eat more sweets to enjoy the benefits on cinnamon-- add it to food you're already eating! Add cinnamon to

  • Tea

  • Coffee

  • Oatmeal

  • Cereal

  • Fruit

  • Toast

  • Yogurt

  • Rice

  • Rice pudding

Whitney Hemmer RD, LD

Whitney Hemmer RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Whitney graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in Dietetics & is a member of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Iowa Dietetic Association. With a focus on overall health, wellness and counseling, she is well equipped to help you with your individual nutritional needs.

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