Cinnamon Anti Aging Effects: Science confirms that!

Cinnamon is not only a delicious spice but also one of the healthiest nutrient-rich foods we can consume to stay healthy and prevent or slow down aging. Studies have shown that cinnamon, the inner bark from the Cinnamomum tree contains a lot of antioxidants, 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 the 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 the 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.

In the video below, Dr. Axe shares very interesting information about the incredible health benefits of cinnamon:

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

Honey Cinnamon & Apple Cider Vinegar Detoxifying Drink:

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon of lemon

1/2 spoon of cinnamon

2 deciliters of warm water

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HOT CHOCOLATE

You can spice up your cup of hot chocolate sprinkling cinnamon on top of it.

 

TEA

Adding a little bit of cinnamon to rooibos tea or lapacho tea gives the drink a new taste and adds more antioxidants to it.

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YOGURT

Greek yogurt with honey and cinnamon is a very healthy snack full of nutrients good for your body.

 

PROTEIN SHAKE

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).

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BERRIES

Did you know that cinnamon enhances the natural flavor of berries? It is quite surprising, but it’s true. Try hot raspberries with a 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 are cinnamaldehyde while in Cassia cinnamon 90% of oils is cinnamaldehyde.

Ceylon Cinnamon is considered to be the true cinnamon, being sweeter, less spicy, and lighter in color.

Cassia Cinnamon is darker and the taste of it can be a bit bitter and contains a high amount of coumarin, a chemical compound toxic to the 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.

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Many common grocery shops sell cassia cinnamon. I buy Ceylon Cinnamon and all other spices in a health food store. You can also buy the true cinnamon on Amazon. Here’s a link: Simply Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon

 

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 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.

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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 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.

 

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.

 

 

Sources:

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

21 thoughts on “Cinnamon Anti Aging Effects: Science confirms that!

  1. Hello there, I really like this article and it means a lot to me because my kids and I have been really having a tough time trying to convince them that cinnamon has so many benefits. I have been really active with some routine to deal with ageing and so far, making use of the naturally made product is what I really like. 

  2. Great post you have up here. Honestly, it feels good knowing well that cinnamon works especially for aging and to slow down the process. Seriously, this is a great one here considering this is a more practical approach that doesn’t involve the use of supplements and all that. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

    1. Yes, cinnamon is one of the best spices you can use, together with turmeric and ginger. There are so many ways how to add them to your meals and drinks.

  3. I knew cinnamon was good but I didn’t know that it had so many benefits.

    I have also read that during history cinnamon had help people to combat plagues and diseases. But the most important thing is today benefits.

    I’ll try cinnamon for my face, I’m excited about it. Thank you very much for this nice post.

  4. great article I have really enjoyed watching this website grow. It is so well written, I myself am a health researcher and there is nothing like the natural way that has been put on this earth from the beginning of time.

    We just need to go back to our roots. Know with the communication capacity more and more people are finding and using natural remedies.

    My take is there is always a better way and I have found so much and am so blessed for doing my own homework.

    Thanks, Lenka bless you and your work from Always A Better Way

    1. Thank you ever so much for your words of appreciation, Linda. Nutrition has always been my passion and just like you I have always been looking for natural remedies. That’s how I found many superfoods like mesquite, matcha and others…and also the benefits of cinnamon.

  5. Oh well, this is some very good stuff you share here in how to use cinnamon to prevent aging. I feel like it would really work pretty well for me and I would be able to use it with other foods that I eat too. Really happy with what I have learned today.

  6. Hi Lenka,

    The only thing I ever knew about cinnamon is that it has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. I had no idea that it is also  anti-aging, which is another reason why I will start consuming more cinnamon from now on. Actually, while I was reading your article, I was drinking a cup of tea and I got up and added some cinnamon as per your recommendation in your article 🙂 It tastes good!

    I did not know about Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon. I assumed that stores would sell Ceylon cinnamon, but surprisingly it is Cassia. So, the cinnamon I have is probably also Cassia. I will go to a health food store and see if they have Ceylon cinnamon. If I consume Cassia cinnamon twice or three times a week, is that ok or would that be a too high amount that can cause damage to liver and kidneys?

    1. Hi Christine,
      I’m happy I could provide some useful information that will hopefully have positive effects on your health and look. I wouldn’t say that consuming Cassia twice or three times a week could cause any problems. The damage could be caused by consuming too much of it every day. Before I found these facts about the difference between Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon, I was also buying cinnamon at a grocery store and it was Cassia, of course. On average, I always consumed half a teaspoon a day and didn’t experience any problems. 

  7. Hi,

    Your article gives me to more information on cinnamon and what is it used for, it’s not only delicious to add to foods but also one of healthiest ingredients for staying healthy. I’ve heard that it is healthy but didn’t know exactly why and also didn’t know about Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon. 

    Thank you.

    Aluko.

  8. I am with you 100% in using natural herbs for health and treatment. I will take natural herbs anytime over pharmaceutical medicines. I support the use of cinammon for health and anti-aging even though being a man i might not get to use those facial scrubs. I like that you point out that we dont have to take cinammon directly. You can take it mixed in your food and drinks and it tastes great. I wish even our kids would understand that and start taking these herbs from a younger age. They are good for us.

    1. You are right, and I think we can teach the children from younger age what is good for us and what is bad. They will probably still love sweets and cakes 🙂 but they still can balance it with healthy fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs. 

  9. I have to say that this is the perfect article for this season, everything has cinnamon and I love it! It is a cherry on top that it is anti-aging too. Oh wow, cinnamaldehyde is in a tomato? Had no idea but I love tomatoes. Thanks for sharing your tips! I am going to make a cinnamon facial scrub 🙂

    I agree that quality does matter. Thanks for the links, I am going to read all of them and will get a cinnamon powder on your link. 

  10. Are there any organic supplements rich in antioxidants? Interesting article as a whole. I never thought one could apply cinnamon as a face mask. I’m glad you made it clear on the dosage, that really resolved some of my questions. The nice thing about cinnamon is that it is affordable and easily found in stores. Aging is really a concerning factor to many and most peeps tend to spend high amounts on surgical remedies. It’s calming to know that there’s a way affordable and easy to use alternative. Nice article. 

  11. This is some great information! I love cinnamon, especially in coffee. I knew some of its properties, but you always learn something new. In my case, I’m prone to rosacea. Does that mean I can’t consume it or should I just limit the amount I take?

    By the way, the cinnamon we normally get from the store either ground or whole is Ceylon or Cassia? I’ve always consumed the type we get from the store, but if the other one is better, I wouldn’t mind looking for it somewhere else.

    I’ll bookmark this for future reference. It’s always good to have this information on hand. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Enrique, the cinnamon we normally get from the grocery store is always Cassia, not the real cinnamon. It smells nice but as I mentioned in the article, the properties are different.
      It’s well worth buying Ceylon cinnamon in a healthy food store or online, like this Organic Ceylon Cinnamon
      If you are prone to rosacea, just limit the intake to one teaspoon a day, I wouldn’t think you would eat more of that anyway, would you?

  12. Great information in this article. I did not know cinnamon had such an impact on collagen production, plus I think it increases blood flow also which would help with skin color and texture, etc. I’ll definitely be adding cinnamon to my daily shakes and meals just to add some extra nutritional value where I can. Thanks for the article! 

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