Cinnamon contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants. In addition, cinnamon has been shown to significantly increase sensitivity to the hormone insulin. Insulin resistance is a hallmark of serious conditions like metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Two compounds found in cinnamon also appear to inhibit the buildup of a protein called tau in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.
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