Cinnamon does far more than flavour your favourite dishes. With its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, cinnamon is something of a super spice.
To appreciate the full spectrum of cinnamon’s health-boosting powers, we asked Dr Deborah Lee, of Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, and Dr Sarah Brewer, medical director at Healthspan, to talk us through the evidence-based health benefits of cinnamon:
11 proven cinnamon health benefits
Cinnamon is derived from an evergreen tree from the Laurel family known as Cinnamomum. ‘The powder is produced from the bark of the cinnamon tree,’ says Dr Lee. ‘Strips of bark are removed, dried and rolled into quills, or sticks, which can then be ground into a powder.’
Among more than 80 different compounds that are found in cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde is the most prolific – making up 90 per cent of the spice and giving cinnamon its characteristic warm, spiced