Health Nutrition & Diet 5 Healthy Reasons to Sip Cinnamon Tea Spoiler: It tastes good and it's good for you. By Nicole Clancy Nicole Clancy Nicole Clancy has been a freelance health and wellness writer since 1990. She is the founder of Health Your Way Online, and her column, Simply Fit, was a regular feature in the Santa Barbara Newspress for 14 years. Nicole's articles have been internationally syndicated in Vogue, Glamour and Easy Living. She's also contributed to Real Simple, O, Rachael Ray, Reveal, Country Living, Reader's Digest, Fitness, Oxygen, Yoga Journal, Shape, Runners World, Trail Runner, Body and Soul, SELF, Redbook, Prevention, Cosmopolitan, Better Homes & Gardens, Parents, Her Sports, Good Housekeeping, Girls Life, Triathlete Magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine and Woman Magazine, as well as various health/fitness trade publications. 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"Add a slice of lemon and a little honey if you want a sweeter drink," she says. No time to simmer? You can also find cinnamon tea bags at your grocery or online. The best part about cinnamon tea isn't even how good it tastes. From hydration to anti-inflammation, there are myriad health benefits. 5 Spices That Not Only Taste Good, They're Good for You 01 of 05 Cinnamon tea provides serious antioxidants "Cinnamon tea may offer numerous health benefits, at least in part due to its rich polyphenol antioxidant content," explains LeeAnn Smith Weintraub, MPH, RD, a nutrition counselor and consultant. Polyphenols are micronutrients found in plants that are packed with antioxidant properties, which help protect your cells against damage caused by free radicals, fight inflammation, and prevent disease. RELATED: 6 Healthy Perks of Sipping Ginger Tea (Iced or Hot), According to RDs 02 of 05 Reduces inflammation Cinnamon is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, and sipping it as tea offers those benefits, too. As one study notes, out of 115 foods tested, Sri Lankan cinnamon was found to be one of the "most potent anti-inflammatory foods." Research published in the Journal of AOAC International found that cinnamon's high volume of phenolic compounds help reduce inflammation in the body. 03 of 05 Manages blood sugar Whip up a cup of cinnamon tea to keep your blood sugar even. "[Cinnamon] has a compound that acts similar to insulin and helps move sugar from your blood into the cells," explains Coleman. "It's been shown to help with insulin resistance for up to 12 hours after you drink it." RELATED: There Are Many Types of Healthy Tea, but These Are the 4 Dietitians Love Most 04 of 05 Delivers nutrients more quickly It might sound obvious, but the water in cinnamon tea plays a significant, beneficial role as well, and many additional health perks come from the fact that tea is water-based. For one, water helps nourish your gastrointestinal (GI) tract—so everything flows through your system more easily. "Many health-promoting compounds in cinnamon are water soluble, and it's safe to say, tea is an optimal way to ingest cinnamon," Weintraub says. Water soluble is just a fancy way of describing something that dissolves in water, making cinnamon tea an ideal way to deliver cinnamon's nutrients to your body. 05 of 05 Helps hydrate The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommend that men drink 15 1/2 cups of water a day and women drink 11 1/2 cups of water a day—and don't forget that 1 cup of tea counts as 1 cup of hydration for the day. 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