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Did you know how wonderful cinnamon is?

Hello. I’m Hannah, Accelerate Performance Centre’s nutritionist. We were talking about cinnamon earlier with a client and the benefits its can have. It’s something you should be including regularly in your diet because of all the positive effects it can have. However, it isn’t recommended to have more than 1 teaspoon a day maximum.

So why is cinnamon so wonderful?

It’s high in manganese which is a trace mineral and helps the body with several vital functions including: forming strong bones and connective tissue plus it helps blood coagulate

Cinnamon Sticks and Powder

Cinnamon Sticks and Powder

properly. Manganese also helps the body metabolise fat and carbohydrate properly as well as regulating blood sugar and absorbing calcium. It is also involved in optimal brain and nerve function. Correct levels of manganese have been linked to the prevention of diabetes, arthritis, epilepsy and PMS.

It’s also high in calcium which is vital for strong bones and teeth and especially important to runners to keep bones healthy and protect from fractures. A lack of calcium can cause weak bones which are more prone to breaking and ultimately lead to osteoporosis which is a very debilitating condition. Weight bearing exercise can help prevent this.

Studies also suggest that cinnamon can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol especially in diabetic patients. As a runner, including cinnamon in your daily diet is very important to help keep you healthy and fit. Preventing injury and illness is always important to a runner and cinnamon can help you do this.

Here are some suggested uses:

  • With yoghurt and fruit
  • In coffee
  • On porridge
  • In baking e.g. flapjacks
  • Use as a spice in foods such as curries.

For more information, you can email me hannah.bailey@accelerateuk.com

Hannah

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