At one point, cinnamon was more valuable than gold. Even though that is no longer the case today, the spice is still rich with health benefits and packed with manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Here are five reasons you may want to sprinkle some on your morning oats:

1. Lowers cholesterol

Studies show that consuming as little as one half teaspoon of cinnamon each day may reduce blood sugar and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

2. Regulates blood sugar

Cinnamon may keep blood sugar levels even, making it especially useful for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

3. Prevents yeast infections

Cinnamon has anti fungal properties, and research shows that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.

4. Cancer prevention

Several studies show that cinnamon reduces the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

5. Anti-bacterial

When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.