We’ve all experienced the benefits of coffee at some point or another in our lives. Whether a cup of coffee got you through a late-night study session right before an exam, helped you endure a long road trip, or just woke you up this morning, you know that coffee works wonders for you!
But is there a way that you can elevate the benefits of your morning brew even more? Is there a natural ingredient you can add to your coffee that can support your health further? Well, cinnamon has loads of health benefits, and it can be added to your coffee with a simple shake.
So let’s take a look at what cinnamon in coffee can do for you. You might be surprised at the power of this delicious spice, both in flavor and in health. Let’s jump right in!
What Are the Benefits of Cinnamon?
You might be surprised at just how much cinnamon can do for you. It is a whole lot more than just a fantastic functional spice that can elevate your drinking experience. Here are a few of the benefits of cinnamon.
Can Support the Immune System
Cinnamon is a fantastic herb for the immune system. It can really help your body as you’re fighting small viruses.
Cinnamon is high in essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary for immune system function. By providing your body with vitamins C and B, as well as potassium, manganese, zinc, and more, cinnamon helps to keep your immune system operating as it should.
In addition, cinnamon is a great source of antioxidants. Free radicals are molecules that can take electrons from other molecules in your body, causing damage called oxidative stress. Antioxidants help to protect your body from this oxidative stress.
Can Support the Digestive System
Your digestive system also reaps several benefits from cinnamon.
For starters, cinnamon can help your body to reduce inflammation in the intestines and maintain their normal function. Cinnamon also helps to keep your intestines safe from infection.
However, one of the best things cinnamon can do is help your body trigger helpful gastric secretions. Doing this can calm down irritating symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, indigestion, and even nausea.
May Help Combat Stress
We’re all looking for ways to help soothe the stress that finds us day after day. Well, it turns out that the delicious smell of cinnamon can help our bodies relax when we’re feeling anxious, stressed, or strained.
Cinnamon assists the body with its relaxing functions. In addition to that, the sweet aroma of cinnamon helps calm down and soothe our brains.
Can Help To Regulate Circulatory System
One of the most common benefits of cinnamon is its effects on blood in regards to things like your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Cinnamon is so effective at helping your body regulate blood sugar that it has been used in Chinese and Indian traditional medicine to treat blood sugar related conditions.
On top of that, cinnamon can help remove harmful fats from your blood. Unhealthy fats like trans fats and saturated fats clog up your arteries, blocking blood flow and putting your health at serious risk. Cinnamon can lower the levels of these unhealthy fats in the blood, making it an excellent way to support the health of your circulatory system.
Can Act as a Powerful Antioxidant
As we mentioned before, cinnamon is a highly effective antioxidant. It contains a wide selection of compounds called flavonoids, which generally provide your body with anti-inflammation and antioxidant effects.
The essential oils that cinnamon contains are incredible antioxidants. Compounds like cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, and linalool are fantastic for helping your body get the protection it needs from free radicals, which cause oxidative stress and damage to your cells.
May Help With Hair Growth
Cinnamon may help with hair growth and may decrease hair loss.
And if you’re looking to make your hair a little bit lighter for the summer, cinnamon can help with that, too! It has a special enzyme in it called natural peroxidase. This enzyme can bring out the brighter colors in your hair. So if you’re looking for just a bit lighter color than you’re used to, try cinnamon as an option!
Can Increase Energy Levels
This amazing spice is also a natural stimulant that can prevent you from feeling tired and help your body keep those energy levels up for whatever your day has in store for you.
Because cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar, it keeps your blood sugar balanced throughout the day. With cinnamon, it is less likely that your blood sugar levels will spike or crash.
What does this mean? Cinnamon can help your body avoid those nasty crashes and slumps that plague your afternoons. This makes cinnamon pretty much the perfect pairing for your daily cup of coffee, which can be notorious for bringing about mid-afternoon crashes.
How Can I Enjoy Cinnamon in Coffee?
Now that we know all of the potential benefits that cinnamon can give us, let’s talk about the delicious ways that you can put cinnamon in your coffee.
Cinnamon Nutmeg Latte
If you’re craving the warm, cozy spices of winter, cinnamon and nutmeg make a winning combination that will improve any chilly morning.
For this recipe, you’ll combine cinnamon, nutmeg (freshly grated is best), and allspice, as well as a bit of brown sugar in a mug. Mix and top with Javy Coffee Concentrate and your milk of choice.
Cinnamon Maple Latte
When fall rolls around, there are a few flavors that we can’t get enough of — pumpkin, apple, and the ever-popular maple are just a few.
If you want to create autumn in a cup, this Cinnamon Maple Latte is for you. Just combine maple syrup (and make sure it’s the real stuff), 1-2 teaspoons of Javy Coffee, and the steamed milk of your choice. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for an extra luxurious feel that will wrap around you like a cashmere sweater.
Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte
If you want to enjoy the spicy flavor of cinnamon in warmer weather, this Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte is for you.
You’ll start by making a syrup with cinnamon, sugar, water, and some vanilla. Once the syrup cools, you can brew some coffee and then combine it with your syrup and heavy cream over ice for a cool, delicious treat.
Honey Cinnamon Latte
One of the most amazing flavor combinations is cinnamon and honey. The incredible sweetness from the honey combines with the slightly woody and spicy flavor notes in the cinnamon to make a perfectly balanced combination of flavors.
To make a fantastic iced honey cinnamon latte, start out by putting honey and cinnamon into your cup. It may help to put just a touch of boiling water in the cup to better combine the honey and cinnamon.
Once your honey and cinnamon are in, add your coffee concentrate and your favorite milk. Put in some ice, and you have a beautiful, delicious iced coffee drink ready to be enjoyed.
Mexican Cinnamon Mocha
A Mexican hot chocolate drink is hot chocolate with a subtly sweet taste alongside a powerful kick of cinnamon and other spices like chili powder or cayenne pepper.
To make yourself a delicious mocha version of this drink, add your coffee concentrate, milk, and chocolate sauce to a glass and give it a stir. Once these ingredients are well mixed, add in your cinnamon and other spices, then stir again to finish it off.
This drink is best enjoyed hot, so you can heat it up on the stove if you like. However, on a hot day, this drink can be equally enjoyable as an iced mocha.
Vanilla Cinnamon Coffee
One of the easiest flavors to pair with anything is vanilla, and the flavor combination of cinnamon and vanilla is a match made in flavor heaven. Their bold flavors and natural sweetness work together to create an absolutely phenomenal drink.
To try this drink at home, you have a few different options for getting started. As vanilla is one of the stars of this drink, you’ll want to ensure you get a decent amount of vanilla flavor. For that, you can choose to use vanilla extract, vanilla-flavored syrup, vanilla coffee creamer, or even French Vanilla Coffee Concentrate.
We’ll go with the coffee concentrate to make the process super easy. To begin, add your French Vanilla Coffee Concentrate, cinnamon, and milk to a glass and give it a stir. From there, you can add some ice or heat it up, and you’re ready to enjoy a yummy drink that is good for any season.
The Easy Way To Make Coffee
If you have Javy Coffee Concentrate, making a drink that is powered by the health benefits of cinnamon is incredibly easy. All you need to do is add the coffee concentrate to some water or milk and you’ve got a solid base to create whatever coffee drink you want.
If you need some more coffee drink inspiration, here are a few recipes that may spark your coffee-lover interest. Let us know which ones you like, and share your coffee creations with us on Instagram @javy.coffee.