The spice of a healthier life

Ground cinnamon. (Wade Spees/File)

A gooey sticky bun can make you feel better.

No, really.

Research recently presented at the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting concludes that one or two tablespoons of cinnamon a day can combat viruses that cause colds and flu.

Specifically, Dr. Milton Schiffenbauer of the New York School of Career and Applied Studies researched two varieties of cinnamon — Ceylon and Saigon, both grown in South Asia.

He tested the extracts against PhiX, a virus that infects bacteria, much like viruses that infect humans.

Tests with onion, garlic, cloves, peppermint, cocoa and saffron had no effect on PhiX.

But cinnamon did.

It deactivated 99.9 percent to 100 percent of the virus, apparently by destroying its structure.

So if you missed your flu shot this year — or if you need an excuse to start your morning with some warm cinnamon toast — remember that a spoonful of sugar might help the medicine go down, but a spoonful of cinnamon could keep you out of the sick bed.