Cinnamon is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, an Asian evergreen tree. The bark is peeled off, dried, and allowed to form a roll.

Uses: It is used as flavoring agent to cosmetic, pharmaceuticals and food products.

Varieties: There are more than 200 varieties of cinnamon; the most popular are Ceylon cinnamon and Chinese cinnamon. Ceylon is considered the “true cinnamon,” because it has richer and sweeter taste. The Chinese variety is known as “cassia.” This variety is more popular in North America, likely due to its cheaper price. Some cinnamon powders contain a blend of different cinnamon varieties.

Available form: Cinnamon is available as oil, in ground-up powder and stick form.

Benefits:

  • Cinnamon is a popular supplement form in Germany and North America for reducing glucose levels. Studies have shown that less than half a teaspoon per day of cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels in persons with type 2 diabetes.
  • Cinnamon is a blood thinning agent which also acts to increase circulation. Good blood circulation ensures oxygen supply to the body cells leading to higher metabolic activity. You significantly reduce the chance of getting a heart attack by regularly consuming cinnamon.

 

Cinnamon tree
Cinnamon tree

 

  • Cinnamon has the ability to purify the blood and to stop bleeding.
  • Cinnamon is used as treatment for common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, as well as fever.
  • Cinnamon has been shown to help break down fat.
  • Cinnamon has a strong effect on the brain and mood. Studies have found that its distinct smell works directly on the brain to increase alertness and improve the memory.
  • Cinnamon is effective in providing relief from menstrual discomfort and cramping.
  • Cinnamon is an aphrodisiac and is believed to arouse sexual desire.
  • Cinnamon is believed to aid in the secretion of breast milk.
  • Cinnamon can help improve the health of colon and thereby reducing the risk of colon cancer.

 

 

  • Cinnamon can help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida.
  • Cinnamon’s strong antimicrobial property is used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives.

Buying Tip: Buy small amounts of cinnamon at a time to preserve its freshness, taste and phytochemical content. To check for freshness, smell the cinnamon. Fresh cinnamon has a sweet odor.

Note:  Cinnamon is well tolerated but those taking diabetes medications may require a lower dosage since cinnamon may reduce their glucose levels.

 

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