We all know cinnamon tastes amazing in baked goods or sprinkled into our morning coffees, but have you ever thought about just brewing a couple sticks in hot water? Once cooled down with a little ice (or sticking it in the fridge for a bit), you can enjoy it as a refreshing sip fittingly called cinnamon water. The simple beverage isn’t just delicious — it also provides perks for weight loss, blood sugar, and even more youthful skin!
You can steep a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon if you don’t have sticks and drink it while still warm if you’d prefer to have it like a tea. Or if you don’t mind waiting, you can infuse water with cinnamon by leaving a stick or two in a pitcher overnight. The color won’t be quite as bold as brewing methods, but it will still taste lovely.
Whatever way you make it, cinnamon water has a reputation for boosting weight loss. Although most of the evidence supporting this is anecdotal, at least one study linked the beverage to improved fat burn and muscle building. Another found that it promotes the breakdown of carbs, which is helpful for digestion and preventing blood sugar spikes after a meal.
Cinnamon is also well known for other diabetic-friendly properties, like the ability to lower blood sugar and insulin resistance by acting like insulin in our system. A review of studies claimed those benefits can be achieved by consuming just a pinch (less than 1/10 of a teaspoon) of the spice each day.
Your heart will thank you for sipping on cinnamon water, too. Promising research suggests it may reduce blood pressure, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Plus, it’s one of the most potent sources of antioxidants that tame inflammation, which is another common cause of heart problems and other chronic health issues.
And if you’re thirsty for one more compelling reason to give cinnamon water a try, studies show that consuming the spice promotes the production of collagen in our skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
That is a ton of incredible perks for something you can make with just two ingredients! Give it a try and we bet you’ll be hooked on all the benefits and flavor.