Cinnamon is a warming spice that has many health benefits both for yourself and your horses.

In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the winner even outranking “superfoods” like garlic and oregano.

It is such a powerful antioxidant that cinnamon can be used as a natural food preservative.

Cinnamon has anti inflammatory effects as and may be used to support a horse with insulin resistance. It has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after acts on numerous digestive enzymes, which slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract. Also a compound in cinnamon can act on cells by mimicking insulin. This greatly improves glucose uptake by the cells, though it acts much slower than insulin itself.

Some studies have indicated that cinnamon may have protective effects against cancer.

Cinnamaldehyde, one of the main active components of cinnamon, may help fight various kinds of infection.

Cinnamon oil has been shown to effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. It may also inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella.

It is not recommended during fevers or when there is a lot of bleeding. 

It Is Better to Use Ceylon (“True” Cinnamon)

Unfortunately, most cinnamon found in supermarkets is the cheaper Cassia variety. 

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