Introduction to Cinnamon
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Here, we will look at what Ceylon Cinnamon is and what benefits this amazing spice holds beyond what you can find in the kitchen.
What is Ceylon Cinnamon?
Cinnamon zeylanicum is also known as true Cinnamon or Ceylon Cinnamon and belongs to the Lauraceae family. This type of cinnamon is different from the more commonly known cinnamon that you tend to find in stores, which is called Cassia. This spice is harvested from the inner bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree found in Sri Lanka, India, and a few places in southeastern Asia. It has been used throughout the centuries for its wide range of health benefits such as helping with pain relief.
Here are a few interesting facts about Cinnamon
- Cinnamon Zeylanicum is considered the “true Cinnamon”, or “real Cinnamon” because it is thought to be the original type of Cinnamon since it seems to be one of the first types of Cinnamon that were first cultivated and brought to the Western world.
- The bark of this particular Cinnamon tree is more delicate than other types of Cinnamon trees and is believed to be the reason why it has a lighter color and flavor.
- In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, true Cinnamon was thought to help improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and boost your immune system.
- Most of the world’s Ceylon Cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka and has been the country’s pride and joy for centuries, so much so that it has become an important part of their economy and culture.
- Did you know that Ceylon Cinnamon doesn’t just have medicinal and culinary uses, it has also been used in perfumes, cosmetics, and even as an insect repellent.
- Ceylon Cinnamon is often used along with other spices such as Cardamom and Cloves to create blends such as Garam Masala and Chai Masala.
Ceylon Cinnamon Benefits
Diabetics may find Cinnamomum Zeylanicum beneficial for controlling their blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. With prices of medications such as insulin increasing dramatically, more and more folks are looking to nature to find more affordable alternatives. This is where cinnamon comes in. Cinnamon contains compounds that help to lower blood sugar levels by increasing your body’s fat cells' sensitivity to insulin. This is thanks to the anti-oxidant known as Glutathione and the flavonoid called MHCP (otherwise known as Methylhydroxy Chalcone Polymer).
When your body is more sensitive to insulin, the faster your body can move the glucose in your system to where it needs to go. It also helps to reduce the absorption of glucose from the digestive tract. Studies have found that individuals who took cinnamon for about 4 weeks showed significant reductions in fasting blood sugar levels.
May help to ease symptoms related to allergies.
Allergies are a pain to deal with for many of us. It could be triggered by just about anything. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Cinnamon could help to ease the symptoms you tend to experience during allergic reactions, such as a stuffy nose, itching, and sneezing. Another way that Cinnamon keeps allergies at bay is by preventing the release of histamine, which is a chemical responsible for triggering your allergic reactions.
Can help to add a little extra sweetness to your food without sugar.
Sugar is the one thing many of us try to reduce or even cut out of diets altogether. Cinnamon is a good way to add a dash of sweetness to your meals without the extra sugar or calories. This is thanks to the compound called Cinnamaldehyde. This versatile spice can be added to both sweet and savory foods to improve the flavor of your meals such as smoothies and curries. Cinnamon can help to balance the flavors of other ingredients in your dishes to make them extra tasty!
It can help to soothe an upset stomach.
With all of the harmful hidden ingredients in just about everything we buy from the store, it is no wonder that eventually, our digestive systems would be affected. Cinnamon has been used throughout the ages to help alleviate upset stomachs, gas, bloating, and indigestion. Cinnamon contains compounds that help to reduce inflammation in the digestive system. It helps the healthy bacteria in your gut to thrive and can help to regulate the secretion of digestive enzymes.
Cinnamon has been shown to have anti-microbial properties and can help to reduce the risk of developing infections in your digestive system and diarrhea. Studies have shown that Cinnamon can help to reduce the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). A great way to use Cinnamon to ease your digestive issues is to add it to warm water in a cup to make Cinnamon tea, especially after a meal.
Aids in the alleviation of cold and flu symptoms.
Even though cold and flu season is right around the corner, pollution, stress, and rapidly shifting temperatures can mean that we can get a cold or the flu all throughout the year. Ancient cultures have used cinnamon to alleviate symptoms normally associated with colds and flu such as cough, congestion, and sore throats.
The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-microbial effects of this spice can help to alleviate these symptoms and can also help to reduce the risk of developing these frustrating conditions in the first place. Cinnamon may help to soothe irritated and sore throats by reducing inflammation in the respiratory tract. This can also help you to breathe more easily. Taking cinnamon as a supplement or as a tea can help to reduce the time you have to spend sick in bed, as well as the severity of the symptoms.
May help to lower the risk of developing neurological conditions.
This particular type of Cinnamon has been shown to have the ability to lower the risk of developing neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This spice contains compounds such as Cinnamaldehyde and Cinnamic Acid which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
These properties have the potential to help protect the brain from oxidative stress and inflammation which can cause damage to your brain over time. Cinnamon has been found to improve mental functions and memory according to some studies. No one deserves to have their cognitive functions, their ability to function at all, slowly taken from you bit by bit, adding Cinnamon to your diet could potentially lower your risk of ever having to experience it all.
Cinnamon may have some Risks
- Although Cinnamon is considered safe for everyday use in small amounts, there are some potential risks to take into consideration. Cinnamon contains a compound known as Coumarin and can be toxic to your liver if you consume too much of this spice. Although this type of Cinnamon doesn’t have as much Coumarin as Cassia Cinnamon, it is advised that individuals with liver disease should limit their consumption. Cinnamon can cause digestive upset and other allergic reactions when consumed in large quantities or for a prolonged time. In larger doses, this spice may cause mouth sores.
- Avoid use if you are allergic to Peru Balsam.
- There is not enough information on the safety of Cinnamon during pregnancy or breastfeeding. It is thus best to avoid larger doses of Cinnamon during this time or to consult a health care professional before consuming more cinnamon than what you would normally eat in food.
- Talk to a healthcare professional if you have diabetes, Cinnamon can help to lower blood sugar levels, taking blood sugar medication and a Cinnamon supplement may cause your blood sugar levels to drop too much.
Possible interactions with Ceylon Cinnamon
Ceylon Cinnamon. Like many other natural supplements, they can interact with medications and other herbal products.
Possible interactions may include:
- Diabetes medications: Cinnamon can lower your blood sugar levels and increase your body’s insulin sensitivity. Consuming Cinnamon as a supplement while drinking Diabetes medications can lower your blood sugar levels too much.
- Blood pressure medications: Ceylon Cinnamon may lower your blood sugar levels, drinking blood pressure medications along with this supplement may cause your blood pressure to lower too much. Make sure to monitor your blood pressure closely.
- Blood thinning medications and supplements: medications and supplements such as Warfarin garlic and Ginkgo, can interact with Cinnamon and increase your risk of bleeding.
Although Ceylon Cinnamon may not be as easy to find as Cassia Cinnamon and its flavor isn’t as potent, it does hold more benefits and can be used for more than just flavoring food. Our Ceylon Cinnamon is of the highest quality at a reasonable price. This spice can help to improve your overall health. With allergies always just around the corner, this spice is nature’s gift. Add it to tea to ease an upset stomach and to help keep the sniffles and itchy noses as far away as possible.
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