The Other Good "Shtuff"
Cinnamon is thought to increase circulation and open breathing, increase awareness and vitality, and reduce fatigue. Cinnamon is used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, infections, the common cold, and loss of appetite.
Cinnamon may lower blood sugar in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, according to Diabetes UK (however high quality research supporting the claim remains scarce). Basically, cinnamon is awesome and that's why we can't get enough of it.
Vanilla extract is made by dissolving vanilla beans in alcohol to create the dark colored liquid with the powerful scent of natural vanilla. All vanilla extracts are high in alcohol, but the alcohol evaporates when exposed to high heat, such as during baking. While they may smell similar, vanilla extract is not the same as artificial vanilla flavor, which is made with a chemical extracted from coal tar and wood. Vanilla extract is richer tasting and may offer health benefits you won't get from the artificial version.
Natural vanilla extract contains numerous antioxidants, including vanillic acid and vanillin. Antioxidants protect your body from damage from harmful components, such as free radicals and toxins.