Cinnamon - the quintessential fall and winter spice. Just the mere scent of cinnamon evokes a warm and cozy feeling. I love the smell and taste of cinnamon all year 'round. Now there is even more to love about cinnamon. It has health benefits. Just one teaspoon of cinnamon contains 28 mg of calcium, nearly one mg of iron, over a gram of fiber, and vitamins C, K, and manganese. Probably most commonly known to aid in digestive ailments, cinnamon is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and has been proven to improve brain function. But probably the most exciting benefits of cinnamon lie in improving insulin resistance and in helping with weight control. It also helps aid in reducing the risk of heart disease. However, cinnamon also has a mild anti-clotting effect, therefore, people who use blood thinning medication should be aware of high amounts of cinnamon consumed in a single dose.