Dietitians recommend adding this spice to your morning for your heart and to minimize bloat

Two articles with separate health reasons for sprinkling cinnamon on your morning coffee:

Dietitians Say You Should Add This Spice To Add To Your Morning Coffee For A Healthier Heart

Faith Geiger, Wed, November 2, 2022 at 7:00 AM

woman adding cinnamon to cup of coffee
woman adding cinnamon to cup of coffee

Almost every coffee drinker has a preference for how they take their morning cup of joe—hot or iced, black or with cream, sugar or no sugar. Unfortunately, many of the ingredients we add can take a serious toll on our healthy due to their high sugar and calorie content. However, there is one spice you may want to consider that will not only make your coffee taste better, but has also been shown to give your heart health a boost: cinnamon.

To learn more about this healthy spice and why adding it to your coffee is such a great idea, we spoke to registered dietitian Juliana Tamayo, editor of Fitness Clone. She told us all about the benefits of cinnamon (and coffee!) for your heart.


Cinnamon is great for more than just making sweet treats delicious! As it turns out, this spice is loaded with health benefits that can do wonders for your heart health.

Benefits of cinnamon for heart health

When it comes to healthy spices that can give your coffee an upgrade, cinnamon is one of the best options out there. “It has anti-inflammatory properties and also contains some antioxidants,” Tamayo tells us. In fact, she notes that “studies suggest that cinnamon can also reduce LDL and triglyceride levels, two types of cholesterol that often lead to obesity and heart disease,” which means adding a bit of this tasty spice to your morning cup of joe can be a great way to boost heart health over time.

But the benefits don’t stop there; some studies have even shown that “cinnamon can reduce high blood pressure, particularly when consumed regularly,” Tamayo goes on. This benefit shouldn’t be underestimated, as “high blood pressure is common in Americans, often after being diagnosed with diabetes or as part of a metabolic disease.” Who knew such a tasty ingredient could protect your body from so much?!

Benefits of coffee for heart health

Ok, so we know that regularly eating cinnamon can lead to a healthier heart. But how does adding it to coffee, specifically, play a role in your heart health? Not only does it add some delicious flavor to your drink, but it also adds to the benefits already offered by this beverage. “Coffee has known properties to prevent heart disease in habitual coffee drinkers,” Tamayo states. “In fact, individuals that drink 1-2 cups a day have shown a reduced risk for heart disease and diabetes.” Wow! This is largely thanks to the antioxidants found in coffee, which Tamayo notes “can help reduce cell damage and protect your heart against tissue damage.”

So, the bottom line is that combining these heart-healthy options every morning is a fantastic idea, as long as you stick to 1-2 cups and don’t go overboard. “Because both coffee and cinnamon work to deter the risk of heart disease, it can be a good idea to add this spice to your morning cup,” Tamayo concludes.


The Anti-Inflammatory Spice You Should Be Adding To Your Coffee To Relieve Morning Bloating

April 28, 2023 by FAITH GEIGER

Waking up feeling bloated can certainly be a frustrating feeling, especially when you’re trying to start your day off on the right foot. While there are several factors that may lead to uncomfortable morning bloat (including this dinner mistake), there are also many steps you can take to promote better digestion and find some relief. For example, adding anti-inflammatory ingredients to your diet is one great way to keep your digestive system healthy and avoid bloating—and luckily, there’s one easy way to do just that each morning. As it turns out, sprinkling some cinnamon into your coffee could be the solution you’re looking for.

To learn more about how adding cinnamon to your coffee can help keep morning bloat at bay, we spoke to dietitian Trista Best and nutritionist Mary Sabat. Find all of their expert insight below.

cinnamon sticks beside small bowl of ground cinnamon


Cinnamon to relieve bloating

If you’re looking to relieve bloating, Best and Sabat say you can’t go wrong with a little bit of cinnamon in your morning coffee. This is thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, which aid digestion and keep things moving so you can get rid of that gas and discomfort quickly.

“One of the best anti-inflammatory spices to add to coffee is cinnamon,” Best says, noting that this spice “contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body.”

Sabat echoes this statement: “Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce bloating by aiding in digestion,” she tells us. These benefits stem from an antioxidant compound in the spice called cinnamaldehyde.

READ MORE: 2 Morning Beverages That May Lead To An Inflamed Stomach

cup of coffee with cinnamon on table


Cinnamon as a natural sweetener

In addition to these anti-inflammatory properties that help you find relief from bloating, cinnamon works perfectly as a way to add a bit of sweetness to your morning joe without putting your health at risk. Adding too many harmful ingredients to your coffee, like refined sugar and high-sugar creamers (which you can learn about the risks of here) can take a serious toll on your health. Cinnamon, on the other hand, offers health benefits, making it a great alternative.

“It has a natural sweetness that can enhance the flavor of coffee without the need for added sugars or artificial sweeteners,” Best says. Perfect!

She recommends adding cinnamon to your coffee by either sprinkling it on top of the grounds before brewing or stirring it into your finished cup. Regardless, it’s sure to taste great—and to put an end to morning bloat.

Learn more about anti-inflammatory spices here. 

Author: Faith Geiger

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Faith Geiger is a New York-based writer and editor. When she’s not covering the latest in health and wellness for SheFinds, she spends her time watching reality TV with her roommates, browsing used bookstores, and enjoying live music. You can reach Faith at

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