Cinnamon is not only a delicious spice but also one of the healthiest ingredients we can use to stay healthy and prevent or slow down aging. Studies have shown that cinnamon contains a lot of anti-oxidants, which help prevent the causes of aging and other complications.
Is Cinnamon Anti Aging?
Cinnamon boosts collagen production because it contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde which has been shown to increase collagen levels.
Researchers found that cinnamon extract facilitates collagen biosynthesis. Their results suggest that cinnamon extract is useful in anti aging treatment of skin.
Why You Should Consume Cinnamon
As mentioned above, cinnamon can help prevent the breakdown of collagen boosting its production at the same time thus preventing the signs of premature aging. This fact is something all women who want to preserve their youthful look and stop and/or prevent aging should know.
It is very much related to sugar consumption as well. Insulin spikes can cause formation of wrinkles and blemishes and cinnamon prevents this by regulating blood glucose.
Cinnamon is also something you should reach for if you suffer from joint pain, being a powerful anti-inflammatory compound that supports digestive health as well.
Other Foods Containing Cinnamaldehyde
Cinnamaldehyde is also contained in other foods such as tomatoes, citrus, cinnamon, and chocolate. It is necessary to note that even though these foods are healthy, they can be triggers of rosacea. If you suffer from rosacea, cinnamon might not be the best choice for you.
My Experience with Cinnamon
Being a huge cinnamon lover, I admit that adding it to almost every meal is natural for me but I found out it can also be used externally in a facial scrub or a DIY face mask.
Mixing honey and cinnamon makes an excellent, natural and inexpensive home-made facial scrub. My skin looks healthy after that.
Knowing the anti aging properties that outperform even garlic, I love adding cinnamon to my protein shakes, hot chocolate, tea or yogurt. If you add it to any of your drinks or meals, you significantly improve the nutritional value of it.
Foods & Drinks That Can Be Spiced up with Cinnamon
Honey Cinnamon & Apple Cider Vinegar Detoxifying Drink:
1 tea spoon of honey
1 tea spoon of apple cider vinegar
1 tea spoon of lemon
1/2 spoon of cinnamon
2 deciliters of warm water
You can spice up your cup of hot chocolate sprinkling cinnamon on top of it.
Adding a little bit of cinnamon to rooibos tea or lapacho tea gives the drink a new taste and adds more anti oxidants to it.
Greek yogurt with honey and cinnamon is a very healthy snack full of nutrients good for your body.
For regular consumers of protein shakes, cinnamon is one of the spices that can be added to most of the shake flavors. I love spicing up a chocolate shake or vanilla shake with cinnamon or cocoa (or both).
Did you know that cinnamon enhances the natural flavor of berries? It is quite a surprising, but it’s true. Try hot raspberries with cinnamon sprinkle. It’s lovely.
Be Careful What Cinnamon You Choose
Choosing high quality cinnamon is essential. There are two types of cinnamon: Ceylon Cinnamon (cinnamomum verum) and Cassia Cinnamon (cinnamomum cassia).
Both Cassia and Ceylon cinnamons are supposed to be good for diabetics but in Ceylon cinnamon 53-60% of its oils is cinnamaldehyde while in Cassia cinnamon 90% of oils is cinnamaldehyde.
Ceylon Cinnamon is considered to be the true cinnamon, being more sweet, less spicy and lighter in color.
Cassia Cinnamon is darker and the taste of it can be a bit bitter and contains high amount of coumarin, a chemical compound toxic to liver and kidneys in high concentration. That’s why it is good to know the difference between Cassia and Ceylon cinnamons and buy the true one.
Due to the fact Cassia contains a lot of coumarin, which can be toxic in large quantities, it is safer to choose Ceylon, especially if you are a big consumer of cinnamon.
Many common grocery shops sell cassia cinnamon. I buy Ceylon Cinnamon and all other spices in a health food store.
Is Cinnamon Good For the Face?
Enhancing blood circulation and being a powerhouse full of antioxidants, cinnamon is excellent to be used in a home-made face scrub.
Cinnamon and Honey Anti Aging Face Scrub
Mix raw honey and cinnamon together in a small bowl and apply to face and neck, avoiding eye area. Rinse off immediately if the heat gets overwhelming. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse well with warm water, follow with a hydrating serum or moisturizer.
How Much Cinnamon Can You Take in a Day
Because cinnamon is an unproven treatment, there isn’t a set dose. Some experts suggest 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2-4 grams) of powder a day. Some studies have used between 1 gram and 6 grams of cinnamon. Very high doses might be toxic.
I do not take more than 1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day.
What’s The Shelf Life Of Cinnamon
You might wonder how long will your cinnamon stay flavorful and fragrant. Ground cinnamon lasts about one year and cinnamon sticks about 2 – 3 years.
Of course, it depends very much on the storage conditions. All spices should be stored in a dry place to prevent dump getting inside and built-up of clumps.
Are There Any Side Effects
Unless you are allergic to cinnamon and/or suffer from rosacea, you should not experience any side effects.
Conclusion – Is Cinnamon Anti Aging?
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make cinnamon a powerful ingredient that slows down aging. In other words, cinnamon has properties that help prevent oxidation in our bodies.
There are also other herbs, spices and superfoods that help slow down aging and have amazing effects on our health. For instance mesquite – a delicious powder you can use to prepare mesquite latte. Read more about it in this article What is mesquite powder: Powerful superfood.
1 Cinnamon Extract Promotes Type I Collagen Biosynthesis via Activation of IGF-I Signaling in Human Dermal Fibroblasts https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jf2043357
2 Supplement guide cinnamon https://www.webmd.com/diet/supplement-guide-cinnamon
3 Ceylon vs. Cassia not all cinnamon is created equal https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ceylon-vs-cassia-cinnamon
4 Science-backed health benefits of cinnamon https://worldhealth.net/news/science-backed-health-benefits-cinnamon/
5 Cinnamon boosts IGF-1, rejuvenates skin https://ergo-log.com/cinnamon-igf-1-booster-rejuvenates-skin.html
6 Cinnamon extract promotes type I Collagen Biosynthesis via activation of IGF-I signaling in human dermal fibroblasts https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jf2043357