5 reasons why cinnamon is awesome


Wooden spoonful of cinnamon

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Cinnamon gets a lot of love on the Internet. A quick Google search results in blogs and articles claiming it can cure cancer (doesn’t everything?), lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar. We’ve rounded up five realistic reasons why you should definitely love cinnamon. Check them out.


1. It’s a natural appetite suppressant.

Sprinkle some in your coffee, add some in a banana smoothie or stir some into your oatmeal. Even if you don’t find that it curbs your appetite, it adds a nice flavorful kick that may deter you from turning to sugar. Whatever you do, do not take the cinnamon challenge.


2. It deters ants.

Team of ants crawling in line

If you’re looking for a non-toxic and humane way to address an ant problem, cinnamon is the solution you seek. Apparently, the little beasties don’t like climbing over or through cinnamon in powder form. The powder won’t actually kill them, so you’ll need to monitor closely and replace the cinnamon every two weeks or so to make sure the ants took the hint and left for friendlier pastures.


3. It’s an anti-inflammatory.

Cup of tea with cinnamon sticks on the side

So it might help with arthritis pain or help with a sore knee. Many credit cinnamon with lowering blood sugar, but be careful. Not all cinnamon is created equal, and it’s specifically cassia cinnamon that is supposed to be beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes. Before you go out and empty store shelves of cassia cinnamon, be aware that the American Diabetes Association has urged that more studies are needed to support these claims. Equally important is for people with diabetes to discuss with their doctors any plans to introduce cinnamon to their diets before starting — just to make sure there are no dangerous drug interactions with insulin and so on.


4. It may help your acne.

Jar of honey with cinnamon sticks

Dab some honey and cinnamon to spot treat a zit or pimple. Your mileage will likely vary depending on the severity of your acne and the underlying causes. If nothing seems to be working for you, get thee to a dermatologist.


5. It’s an odor neutralizer.

Bundled cinnamon sticks

Oh, yes. Cinnamon will fix everything from smelly sneakers to a poor skunked dog. And your home will smell like a hot cup of autumn.