We’ve talked all about the benefits of antioxidants.
And of course you can load up on them by eating plenty of dark colored fruits and veggies.
But there are these “weird” super sources of antioxidants that until recently have been flying under the radar.
What are these “weird” sources?
Herbs and spices.
Because they’re derived from plants, they share many of the same benefits…
…but, because they’re dried, they are a concentrated source of powerful antioxidants.
When I say powerful – 1 tsp of cinnamon has a higher ORAC score, which is a measure of a foods antioxidant status, than blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries.
In fact, cinnamon has the most antioxidants of any spice or herb.
Today we’re talking specifically about cinnamon because it’s not just high in antioxidants, it may actually help control blood sugar too … all leading to a healthier heart!
One study published a few years ago gave people with type 2 diabetes either 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon (NOTE: 1 tsp = approximately 3 grams).
The subjects were supplemented for 40 days and their blood work was measured again. All three levels of cinnamon significantly reduced the blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL (“bad” cholesterol), and total cholesterol.
Pretty impressive for the addition of a common spice, right?
More data needs to be done to see just how much is “best” – until then, we know it can’t hurt to add cinnamon to your diet.
If nothing else, the antioxidants can improve your health!
All spices and herbs are great because they had a lot of flavor without calories, fat, or sodium…
For cinnamon, try sprinkling it on oats, yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit salad, or in a smoothie.
(Source: Diabetes Care: Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes)
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