You might be thinking of oatmeal, and you’d be close, but it’s actually what goes in your breakfast that’s been linked to improving your complexion – and many other things. Cinnamon and honey are the new power couple of SuperFoods.
A Study in Cinnamon
Several studies have shown that eating cinnamon daily can lower LDL cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and relieve arthritis pain. The spice is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Regulating blood sugar means that cinnamon can help you overcome sharp cravings while dieting and keep your energy even throughout the day, but that’s not all it does. It’s a potent anti-oxidant that can help your body maintain a youthful appearance too. Put some in your morning coffee, in your oatmeal, or both, for a delicious start to your day.
Oh Honey, Honey
Honey may be sweet, but it’s in a whole new class when compared with sugar and artificial sweeteners. It’s rich in antioxidants, and while being more calorie-dense than sugar, studies have shown that eating honey every day can lower cholesterol and even help you lose weight. Other research is showing links between honey and improving memory and reducing anxiety. And that’s just when you eat it. Try wearing it!
Some home facial recipes recommend using honey topically, so not only can you spread it on your toast, you can spread it on your face to heal and prevent breakouts. As a natural antimicrobial and antioxidant, studies have shown that honey helps prevent infection when applied to wounds and burns, and it can also be used as a gentle facial mask – if you don’t mind some stickiness. Add a little cinnamon to the mask to increase its effectiveness.