WE’VE LONG KNOWN that lots of spices are loaded with antioxidants and other plant compounds that work to lessen inflammation in the body. Some spices can even help prevent chronic ailments like diabetes and heart disease. Among those great spices? Cinnamon.

The fall favorite which has long been known to fight bad microbes and help control blood sugar, has oils in the bark called cinnamadehyde that have been shown to help turn on fat cells’ metabolism, says a recent study from the University of Michigan.