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This warming spice can potentially boost your metabolism, protect your brain and lower your cholesterol – and it tastes great in both savoury and sweet dishes


Cinnamon is quite the spicy multitasker, with a surprising amount of research behind it. Originating from Sri Lanka and grown in tropical regions, Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is the most common form. It has a sweet, subtle flavour, and works well in desserts. Cassia cinnamon, primarily grown in Indonesia, has a stronger taste, so is often used in savoury cooking. The cinnamon we buy is often a mix of the two, but when it comes to medicinal value, freshness is more important than variety.

Research has shown that this warming spice is helpful to metabolism. A 2017 study found that cinnamaldehyde – the essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavour – promotes fat-burning in the body. Other research suggested that antioxidant spices including cinnamon can limit the body’s negative response to fatty foods. Normally, eating a high-fat meal triggers a rise in triglycerides (a type of fat found in the blood), but adding the spices reduced the triglyceride response by about 30 per cent.

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Welcome to the September issue of healthy! Our intimate health issue is here! The September edition of healthy seeks to end embarrassment around the topic of ‘down-there’ care and give the answers to the questions you won’t find anywhere else. From updates on endometriosis, to an empowering take on orgasms, we hope that this issue will help you to understand your body better. We’ve got a debate on whether or not watching porn can be healthy, advice on the best choice of contraception for you and tips on how you can balance your vaginal microbiome. Don’t worry – there’s no vaginal steaming and not a jade egg in sight! And that’s not all. In addition to our regular features and expert-led content, we’ve also investigated the health impact of microplastics, written about why we’re loving church hall fitness classes and shared some nutritious breakfast recipes for you to try. Plus, we’ve chatted to inspirational women who are paving the way for eco-friendly beauty. Find all this and more in the new issue of healthy.