As the snow gracefully falls today, I am craving a warm, sweet drink, a big blanket, and a warm fire. Snow is so beautiful when you don't have to drive or walk to work in it. I love to watch it out the window from my warm apartment.
Now for that warm, sweet drink, I will go for apple cinnamon tea. Recently, I have been reading fabulous scientific peer reviewed research on cinnamon. Did you know that it increases the antioxidants in your blood? It does this by stimulating NrF2 (for those medical professionals who care). Cinnamon itself is not an antioxidant however it increases the pathways that release antioxidants into the blood. Now, most of you know antioxidants are a good thing and that they help to prevent the development of cancer and other cell damage. This is good news for me because what is not to like about cinnamon.
This is no reason to go buy mass quantities of cinnamon and start eating it as your main dish, but maybe you can begin to add a little to your hot chocolate this Christmas! Or maybe you want to join me with a hot glass of cinnamon tea. A little bit every so often for many years seems to have some protective effects against cancer. Try to add a little spice to this Christmas!
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