Cinnamon Water Is an Antioxidant-Rich Beverage That’s Incredibly Easy to Make

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When cinnamon and water are put together, they make quite the power duo, like vitamin D and calcium or Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog. Cinnamon water is a tasty, easy way to enjoy a hydrating, antioxidant-rich beverage. “It’s essentially cooled cinnamon tea, and it’s made by simmering water in a pot with a fresh cinnamon stick and then cooling,” says celebrity chef and nutritionist Serena Poon, founder of Culinary Alchemy and Just Add Water.

“Something that I talk about in my Culinary Alchemy programs is the intersection of physical, emotional, and spiritual health,” she says. “In my experience, true optimal health cannot happen unless it is within this holistic purview.” In other words: You cannot simply chug some and expect it to work miracles. Poon recommends integrating it into “a holistic lifestyle that includes eating wholesome foods, getting rest, balancing hormones, exercising, and taking care of your mental and physical health. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of cinnamon water.

What are the benefits?

“Adding cinnamon to your water is not only hydrating and delicious, it can also supply an array of health benefits, such as: delivering antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties, supporting heart health, lowering cholesterol, and potentially aiding in weight loss,” says Poon. Even though cinnamon could boost your metabolism, she cautions against trying to use cinnamon water as a replacement for proper weight loss or management protocols.

Who shouldn’t drink it?

“There are a few contraindications for cinnamon,” says Poon. “In high doses cinnamon can be toxic for the liver, so people who have liver disease may want to use caution. Like many things, there is little research on the effects of cinnamon on pregnant women, so that community would also likely want to avoid this beverage.” She adds that if you are on medication or living with a diagnosed condition it’s a good idea to check with you doctor first.

When is the best time to drink it?

“Many people say that drinking cinnamon water at night can help you lose weight. Others point to the Ayurvedic principle of drinking warming water first thing in the morning to encourage digestion. You could try either,” says Poon.

How do you make it?

Thankfully, it’s super easy to make cinnamon water. The only ingredients you need are a fresh stick of cinnamon and some H2O. “Boil a bit of water and then cool to a simmer. Drop in the cinnamon stick and let simmer until the water turns a deep brown, up to 10 minutes. Take the liquid off of the stove, remove the cinnamon stick and let cool,” says Poon. Then, enjoy!


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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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