health benefits of cinnamon?

What cinnamon is best cassia or ceylon?


  • The name cinnamon is correctly used to refer to Ceylon cinnamon, also known as "true cinnamon" (from the botanical name C. zeylanicum).

    The related Cassia (Cinnamomum aromaticum), Saigon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum loureiroi), and Cinnamomum burmannii are sometimes marketed as true cinnamon, and other times noted from true cinnamon as "Chinese cinnamon", "Vietnamese cinnamon", or "Indonesian cinnamon."

    Ceylon cinnamon, uses only the thin inner bark, and is considered to be not as strong as cassia. Cassia has a much stronger (harsher) taste than cinnamon.

    In supermarkets in the United States, all of the powdered cinnamon sold is actually cassia. Cassia is also the kind of cinnamon normally found in supplement form. It naturally contains a compound called coumarin.

    Coumarin is found in other plants such as celery, chamomile, sweet clover, and parsley. Coumarin is a toxic element and European health agencies have of late warned against consuming large quantities of cassia. Cassia is contained in much lower amounts in Cinnamomum burmannii because of its low essential oil content. Coumarin is acknowledged to cause liver and kidney damage when consumed in high concentrations. True Ceylon cinnamon has insignificant amounts of coumarin

    Health benefits:
    Anti-Clotting Actions
    Cinnamaldehyde (also called cinnamic aldehyde) has been well-researched for its effects on blood platelets.

    Anti-Microbial Activity
    Cinnamon’s essential oils also qualify it as an “anti-microbial” food, and cinnamon has been studied for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida

    Blood Sugar Control
    Cinnamon may significantly help people with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to respond to insulin, thus normalizing their blood sugar levels

    Cinnamon’s Scent Boosts Brain Function
    Not only does consuming cinnamon improve the body’s ability to utilize blood sugar, but just smelling the wonderful odor of this sweet spice boosts brain activity

    Calcium and Fiber Improve Colon Health and Protect Against Heart Disease
    In addition to its unique essential oils, cinnamon is an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese and a very good source of dietary fiber, iron and calcium

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