You may like drinking, during the day or your workday, a cup of coffee with sugar, cream milk or even honey or a cup of cappuccino. So, what about trying a cup of cinnamon tea? and what are the benefits of cinnamon tea?
It is an easy to prepare beverage with a sweet and aromatic flavor that have many important benefits for our overall health including weight loss, strengthening the immune system and many others.
Here are 11 science based health benefits of cinnamon tea.
What is Cinnamon Tea?
Cinnamon Tea is a healthy savoury beverage prepared with cinnamon sticks and boiled water.
It is very easy and simple to prepare, but in the other side has numerous benefits.
The main ingredient of this beverage is cinnamon sticks, a spice obtained from some tree species inner bark belonging to the Cinnamomum genus.
The flavor, aroma and strong odor of cinnamon are mainly due to a principal compound cinnamaldehyde, a flavonoid contained in this spice.
Cinnamon is low in calories but has a rich nutritional profile with high levels of calcium, iron, vitamin K and manganese.
Throughout history, many cultures used to rely on herbs and plants for medicinal purpose.
Nowadays, modern medicine is also making many researches about these compounds to evaluate their effectiveness as demonstrated in this article about this beverage.
What are the benefits of Cinnamon Tea?
Cinnamon tea has many benefits for our body that many researches showed and are still reviewing. Starting from relieving many diseases to alleviating some body cramps.
1. Helps Regulate Cholesterol Levels
As published in an article from “Annals of Family medicine” in September 2013, some randomized controlled trials studied the glycemic lowering effects of cinnamon.
These studies showed that consuming cinnamon or cinnamon tea daily with doses varying between 120 milligrams to 6 grams for 4 to 18 weeks, can help reduce bad cholesterol (HDL) level and total cholesterol and also increase that of the good one (LDL).
Meaning that cinnamon tea consumption is associated with a decrease in levels of total cholesterol, bad cholesterol (LDL), triglyceride and a raise in good cholesterol (HDL).
2. Helps with Type 2 Diabetes
As mentioned in the above study, consuming cinnamon tea daily with the previous mentioned doses of 120mg/day to 6g/day helps not only regulate levels of cholesterol bad and good one, but also reduce the triglyceride levels.
Another study mentioned the relationship between increasing triglyceride levels and diabetes. Every 10 milligrams a day increase of triglyceride level increases the risk of diabetes by 4%.
Besides, another effect of cinnamon and, thus, cinnamon tea, on type 2 diabetes is demonstrated in a study published by the American Diabetes association.
This research were done on 60 people men and women divided randomly into six groups, three groups consuming cinnamon doses varying between 1 to 6 grams a day, and three other groups were given only placebo for 40 days.
The results enhanced that this popular spice has an ability to reduce blood glucose, boost insulin sensitivity and, thus, reduce type 2 diabetes risks and cardiovascular diseases that come with.
3. Has Antioxidant Properties
Following a research by the Nutritional Journal to determine the total antioxidant content of more than 3100 foods, beverages, spices, herbs and supplements used worldwide, the study showed that among the food categories analyzed, spices and herbs group includes the most antioxidant rich products.
In this category sorted by antioxidant content, cinnamon is in the third place, after clove and peppermint.
Therefore, cinnamon tea is a great beverage that helps reduce the risk of oxidative stress-related diseases, eliminates free radicals and other reactive species that contribute to most chronic diseases, and, hence, acts as inducer of antioxidant defense, longevity, cell and DNA maintenance.
This means that cinnamon tea plays a preventative role against chronic illnesses and even certain cancers.
4. Helps with Weight Loss
As mentioned before, cinnamon consumption helps reducing insulin production and blood sugar levels. This means that the body will express less food cravings and thus, will help you manage and control your weight.
One-cup serving of cinnamon tea contains only 2 calories and will be, thus, a better substitute of soda and other sugar-sweetened high calorie drinks.
Cinnamon tea is naturally sweet and at the same time sugar-free. So, you don’t have to add sugar due to its spicy taste.
Indedd, following the American Heart Association, it is recommended to limit the amount of added sugars to no more than 100 calories per day for women (about 6 teaspoons of sugar) and 150 calories for men per day (9 teaspoons of sugar) in order to avoid obesity and heart diseases that come with.
5. Boosts the Immune System
As previously mentioned, Cinnamon tea has antioxidant properties. It means the ability to destroy free radicals and protect the structural integrity of cells and tissues.
Some researches show the role of antioxidant in promoting the function of the immune system and improving the immune response.
Studies have found strong associations between diets rich in antioxidant nutrients and a boost to the body’s immune system.
Another study published by the American Journal of Chinese medicine, shows the antimicrobial property of the cinnamon‘s principal compound Cinnamaldehyde that has been effective in inhibiting the growth of various isolates of bacteria.
This emphasizes the antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antimicrobial property of cinnamon and thus, cinnamon tea, in neutralizing and inhibiting foreign pathogens, responsible for causing illnesses and infections.
6. Improves digestion
Following a research by RMIT university school of Engineering that was also published in the journal scientific Reports, adding cinnamon to your diet can cool your stomach and aid digestion.
This study emphasized the role of cinnamon in protecting the walls of stomach and small intestines and, thus, maintaining the integrity of the stomach walls and the gut.
This research showed also the impact of cinnamon consumption on reducing the stomach gas by decreasing secretion of gastric acid and pepsin from stomach walls.
Therefore, during digestion, the stomach temperature becomes cooler, which helps avoid bloating, stomach upset and, thus, significant improvements in the overall health
7. Boosts Brain Functions
Drinking cinnamon tea on a regular basis can help improve the learning ability.
It is a property found, according to a research by neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center, in cinnamon spice.
The study showed that cinnamon intake helps improve cognitive speed, memory and learning capabilities.
More than that the study found the role this spice can play in protecting neurons, halting the progression of Parkinson’s disease and thus, treating neurodegenerative diseases.
8. Reduces Inflammation
Due to its antioxidant properties, cinnamon tea is hence good for reducing inflammation and pains.
Whether the inflammation is in form of irritation, aches or joints and muscles pains, cinnamon tea moderate consumption can help sooth and relax these conditions.
Therefore, cinnamon tea helps fighting common flu and arthritis, diseases associated with inflammation.
9. Helps with Menstrual Cramps
Severe menstruation cramps and symptoms are a major worry of some women suffering from these pains.
A lot of women don’t take any remedy in this period for fear of impacting their hormone levels.
Studies have shown the impact of cinnamon tea consumption, as a good analgesic and anticoagulant, in reducing pain and cramps during the menstruation period.
Therefore, if you tend to have menstrual disorders, cinnamon tea can help reduce the symptoms that come with.
10. Promotes Blood Circulation
After a cup of hot cinnamon tea, you feel warmed and relaxed. It is absolutely normal.
Cinnamon spice has been found to contribute in improving blood vessel dilation and blood flow in the coronary artery.
This means that blood vessels get relaxed, the blood pressure is reduced and the blood supply to heart is better.
The thing which promotes blood circulation and, thus, the heart health and performance.
11. Prevents Cancer
Besides its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamaldehyde, the main compound of cinnamon, has been reported to have anti-carcinogenic activity.
If the primary goal of cancer vaccines is the reactivation of the immune system, cinnamon bioactive compound, according to that study, plays the same role by activating the T-cells that are potent mediators of anti-tumor immunity.
How to Make Cinnamon Tea?
It is very easy to make this tea. Simply follow the steps hereunder.
1 cinnamon stick or (1 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon if you have it as powder
1 cup of boiled water (equivalent of 8 ounces)
If you like: 1/2 teaspoon of honey, lemon)
Put the cinnamon stick or powder on your cup
Add the boiled water (if you use cinnamon stick, you can also boil it with water)
Let the combination steep for 10 – 12 minutes
Remove the cinnamon stick, if used (Keep it to make another cup of tea with it)
Add any sweetener you like
Drink and enjoy the amazing flavor!
Word of Caution
Please be advised that the purity and source of the herb is crucial in order to take advantage of the above-mentioned benefits of cinnamon tea and also minimize the risk of any possible adverse effects.
Besides, professional guidance is always recommended when trying herbal remedies as users health conditions differ from a person to another.
We note also that there are many varieties of cinnamon, but only four varieties are used in widespread that are Ceylon, Cassia, Saigon and Korintje.
All these types contain a substance, called Coumarin, that can cause liver damage or complete failure if consumed in high amounts.
Following a research by the University of Mississippi, the Ceylon cinnamon contains about 0.017g of Coumarin per kilogram. Cassia, Korintje and Saigon cinnamon contain respectively 0.31g, 2.15g and 6.97g of Coumarin per kilogram.
These findings emphasize the high level of Coumarin in all types of cinnamon, except Ceylon cinnamon that is, then, better to opt for.
According to this study, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) established a Coumarin tolerable daily intake of 0.1mg per kilogram body weight.
It is, therefore, very important to know which type of cinnamon you are consuming, using the product label information, and not to exceed the safe amount tolerated.
Found in almost every household, preparing cinnamon tea should be a habit.
By drinking this beverage on a regular basis, you not only enjoy its refreshing taste, but also take advantage of its amazing benefits.
Having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, antidiabetic properties, cinnamon tea is a great remedy for the overall health if used in moderate intakes.
The safety of cinnamon tea depends on the amount of coumarin, a bioactive compound found in cinnamon that can cause liver damage.
Following the EFSA, it is important to not take daily more than 0.1mg of coumarin per kilogram body weight. For tea, they fixed it in less than 42 cups of cinnamon tea a day.
It is, then, safe to drink it on a daily basis as we assume that we will not drink more than 3 cups of tea a day, except for people with liver disease who should take their doctor’s advice.
Cinnamon tea is helpful with relieving nausea due to the catechins content of the cinnamon spice.
It is, as mentioned before, good for improving digestion by cooling the stomach and reducing gastric acid secretion.
Cinnamon tea can be used as a foot solution for killing fungus.
By boiling water first and then adding some cinnamon sticks to it, you make a mixture ideal for feet health.
Soak your feet in this warm mixture each night before sleeping to take advantage of its relaxing, refreshing, and healing properties.