It's in every household spice rack: cinnamon.

The spice's anti-inflammatory effects and with recent research showing that it can help lower cholesterol and blood sugar could help add an extra kick to any well-rounded diet.

According to BBC Good Food, it has six main benefits:

  1. Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties
  2. Antioxidants that help with aid with anti-inflammation
  3. Prebiotic, that helps with gut health (not to be confused with probiotics)
  4. Reducing blood pressure
  5. Lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels
  6. Reliving digestive discomfort

But what type of cinnamon should you buy? There's two main types: Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. It really doesn't matter, so long as it is fresh, according to the Wall Street Journal.

So next time, skip the sugar and add a little zest and spice to your cup.

Written by Peter Valencia

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