A teaspoon of cinnamon daily may have positive effects on blood sugar levels, improve digestion, and boost immunity.

We offer you an adaptation of the Paradise material to learn about the benefits of using this spice and what you should be careful about.

How Daily Cinnamon Consumption Can Affect the Body

1. May lower cholesterol levels

Nutritionist, nutritionist, and author Lauren Manaker says that one of the benefits of eating cinnamon regularly is that it's good for your heart: "Daily cinnamon intake is linked to heart health in several ways in the long term. In particular, cinnamon is known to lower levels of total cholesterol, "bad" cholesterol (LDL), and triglycerides while maintaining levels of "good" HDL cholesterol."

This directly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

2. May lower blood pressure

In addition to lowering LDL cholesterol, Manaker says eating cinnamon daily may also lower blood pressure. Since high blood pressure is linked to heart disease, this is another way eating cinnamon reduces the risk.

3. May reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

Scientific studies show that eating cinnamon may increase insulin sensitivity.

"This means that cinnamon makes you more sensitive to the insulin your body produces, so that your body's cells respond better to insulin, which is the hormone that controls blood sugar levels," explains nutritionist Sharon Palmer.

Palmer explains that this is beneficial because it can help protect against type 2 diabetes: "As the body becomes more resistant to the insulin it produces, glucose cannot enter the body's cells as easily, and this leads to higher blood glucose levels and, ultimately, type 2 diabetes."

4. May reduce the risk of dementia

Regular consumption of cinnamon is also good for the brain.

"Cinnamon contains compounds that have been shown to inhibit the accumulation of tau protein in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease," says Manaker. But she adds that much more data is needed to confirm this link before cinnamon can be recommended as a reliable way to support brain health.

5. Supports gut health

Since cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory spice, Manaker says it can help support gut health by inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria and allowing good bacteria to multiply. Additionally, some research suggests that cinnamon may help relieve symptoms in people who suffer from regular diarrhea due to irritable bowel syndrome.

How much cinnamon is too much?

While eating cinnamon daily has been linked to many health benefits, the benefits may be too many.

"As beneficial as cinnamon is, it's important to remember that too much of it can be harmful. A potentially dangerous compound in cinnamon is called coumarin, which in large amounts can cause liver damage," says Manaker. She adds that the amount of coumarin in regular cinnamon found in most grocery stores is significantly higher than in Ceylon cinnamon (real cinnamon).

Because of the risk of liver damage, Manaker says, the European Food Safety Authority recommends a daily intake of no more than 0.1 milligrams of coumarin per kilogram of body weight.

"This means that a person who weighs 70 pounds should not consume more than 7 milligrams of coumarin, which is found in about one teaspoon of cinnamon," she says. "Adding a pinch of cinnamon to your oatmeal every day is unlikely to cause harm, but always check with your doctor."

If you consume less than a teaspoon of cinnamon per day (or less than half a teaspoon per day), you'll reap a host of benefits without experiencing any negative effects. But if you have any doubts about cinnamon consumption and its effects on the body, it's best to ask your doctor about it.