Cinnamon Tea Benefits

Cinnamon, is a spice with renowned fragrance which is often used in Asian curries, hot fries, tomato sauce, and baked goods such as cookies, cakes, and oatmeal. Some people even prefer to brew it as a tea. Cinnamon has impressive health benefits, including immune-boosting, weight loss etc. 


Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon Tea is a soothing and caffeine-free beverage with a sweet and fragrant flavour. It is prepared by boiling the cinnamon powder with water and steeping for a few minutes until it becomes deep brown. Honey, milk, and ginger are popular additives used to enhance the flavour and health benefits of the tea. As cinnamon is a woody spice that contains a sweet, and savoury flavour, the tea has a delicious, and warm aroma that enhances the sense of relaxation. The hint of resin, honey, and spice is capable of leaving a sweet after taste as well.

Cinnamon Tea

There are two types of cinnamon tea..but how?

Cinnamon barks and cinnamon powder is obtained from two cinnamon varieties such as Cinnamon cassia and Cinnamon veram.

Cassia cinnamon

It is the most common variety available in all the supermarkets across the globe. Although it is considered to be native to China, Cassia currently cultivated in many parts of the world. Even though it is loved by many tea lovers, the compound coumarin found in this cinnamon variety might result in acute toxicity if used in high doses for an extended period.

Ceylon cinnamon

Cylon cinnamon is often called true cinnamon which boasts many health benefits and less in coumarins compared to cassia cinnamon.

Nutritional value of cinnamon tea

A cup of cinnamon tea contains only two calories, which comes from carbohydrates, fat, and protein. It can substitute for sugary beverages as it provides a slightly natural sweet taste. It also contains substantial amounts of manganese, iron, fibre, and vitamin K. Thus, aids in weight loss.

Cinnamon tea provides various health benefits

1. to provide antioxidants to the body

Cinnamon tea is rich in antioxidants as any other herbal tea. Among the cinnamon antioxidant catechins and polycianidins protects the body cells from being oxidized by free radicals and the flavonoids and polyphenols protects the body from oxidation effect of free radicals which cause non-communicable diseases including cancer, heart diseases, and premature ageing [1].

2. Regulates the blood sugar levels

Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar in the human body. Some researchers suggest that cinnamon act as insulin inside the body[2]. It also promotes insulin activity, helps to prevent insulin resistance, and decrease blood sugar levels of patients with type 2 diabetes[3].

3.Lowers the risk of heart diseases

Cinnamon tea contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which protect the body against free radicals that are linked to heart diseases. It also helps to reduce the triglycerides, LDL,  and total cholesterol levels[4] and keeps your arteries and heart safer

4.Promotes weight loss

A study conducted in India suggests that daily consumption of 3g of cinnamon can help decrease your waist to height ratio based on the body weight[5]. Another scientific study found that the cinnamon extract increases the body metabolism and result in browning of fat cells. Thus, cinnamon tea may help boost metabolism, aids in weight loss, and protect against obesity[5].

5.Help to fight cancer

Cinnamon barks contain a significant amount of antioxidants that are capable of fighting cancer. A study done in 2010 has found that cinnamon extract used against skin cancer in significant dose is capable of inducing the death of tumour cells by altering the activities of specific proteins[6]. In another study done in 2004 in Maryland has found that the water-soluble polyphenols of cinnamon bark has the potential to reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells in the liver[7].

6.Boost immunity

Antioxidants and the antimicrobial properties of cinnamon improve body immunity. Like many teas, it helps to fend off pathogens by inhibiting the growth of certain bacteria, including Candida albicans and salmonella. The fungitoxicity of cinnamon oils prevents the spread of bacteria that causes the common cold and lousy breath[8].

7.Improves brain health

The most significant health benefit of cinnamon tea is its ability to optimize brain functions and improved brain health. Studies suggest that it may promote mental health through its soothing properties.

Limitations and Side Effects

Side effects
Moderate consumption of cinnamon tea doesn't give any side effects, but large doses may irritate lips and tongue that cause a sore mouth. Cinnamon is also capable of triggering allergies in some people.
A higher dose of cassia cinnamon can be poisonous to people with liver disease. Hence, cinnamon increases insulin activity. The tea is not recommended for a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding.

1. Rao, P. V., & Gan, S. H. (2014). Cinnamon: a multifaceted medicinal plant. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2014, 642942.
2. arvill-Taylor, K. J., Anderson, R. A., & Graves, D. J. (2001). A hydroxy chalcone derived from cinnamon functions as a mimetic for insulin in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 20(4), 327–336.
3. Kirkham, S., Akilen, R., Sharma, S., & Tsiami, A. (2009). The potential of cinnamon to reduce blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Diabetes, obesity & metabolism, 11(12), 1100–1113.
4. Qin, B., Panickar, K. S., & Anderson, R. A. (2010). Cinnamon: potential role in the prevention of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. Journal of diabetes science and technology, 4(3), 685–693.

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