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  • Megan Vogias, MA Ed

Holiday Baking Essentials: Cinnamon, Ginger, and Honey

These holiday staples are not just beneficial when making gingerbread, biscotti, and frosting for cookies but they also have countless health benefits for your system.

They're also flavorful options if you're looking to add a little flare to a savory dish with squash or grains such rice or oats. Peruse these benefits below for each of these essentials, and if you're low, be sure to add them to your shopping list this week.

CINNAMON As far back as ancient Egypt people have been using cinnamon for medicinal and cooking purposes.

  • Lowers inflammation

  • Supports heart health

  • Packet with antioxidants

  • Improves sensitivity to insulin

  • Contains blood sugar lowering properties

  • Prevents against bacterial and fungal infections

  • Includes anti-viral properties

  • Boosts metabolism

  • Protects your brain

  • Reduces cholesterol

  • Reduces menstrual cramps

GINGER This root spice comes from a plant that has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for thousands of years.
  • Nausea relief

  • Bloating and gas

  • Gastrointestinal motility

  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties

  • Antiviral and antibacterial properties

  • Supports cardiovascular health

HONEY Containing nearly 200 substances and having nearly 320 different varieties, this sweetener has been referenced in sacred writings and in Stone Age paintings some 8,000 years ago.
  • Rich in antioxidants

  • Regulates blood sugar

  • Improves heart health

  • Aids in burn and wound healing

  • Relieves pain from gastrointestinal conditions

  • Serves as a reliable cough suppressant

  • Contains a mix of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron and zinc

!! Please note like anything use these spices in moderation and before adding a capsule of these to your diet. We advise consulting with your dietician or medical professional to confirm any interactions with current medicines, allergies, or treatments. !!

The information provided is a summary of research and information from various sources including Healthline , Cleveland Clinic, Medical News Today, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and the Mayo Clinic.

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