Used in the Vanilla version of IQed® Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine. In ancient days, cinnamon was more valuable than gold. Both Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine have utilized cinnamon for various health benefits. Cinnamon aids with problems in the digestive system and is high in antioxidants that prevent inflammatory conditions that damage cell membranes and insulin receptors. Cinnamon contains numerous flavonoids including a unique group of phytonutrients known as polyphenol polymers. Seasoning a high carb food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating. Today the US Department of Agriculture lists cinnamon as one of the most potent antioxidants of all food sources. Cinnamon is often used in ayurvedic herbal preparations to enhance the bio-availability of other herbs. Cinnamon contains lots of natural prebiotics and can be called a microbiome superfood. In Ayurveda, cinnamon is used to balance the digestion and to pacify stomach disorders. Ayurveda holds cinnamon as an adaptogen due to its ability to protect and empower cells, the immune and nervous system as well as gene expression. Cinnamon with its powerful anti-inflammatory properties is linked with numerous health and longevity benefits including support for heart and circulatory health, and optimal joint health Recent clinical studies indicate that cinnamon may help support healthy glucose metabolism. Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial, and even antiviral properties.