14 Sep

Types of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a delicious and healthy spice that is made from the inner bark of trees, and it has been known for its medicinal properties for many years. There are 2 main types of cinnamon – Ceylon, also know known as “true” cinnamon, and Cassia, the type that is more commonly available.

Health Benefits

1. Tons of antioxidants, such as polyphenols.
2. Anti-inflammatory properties, which help your body to fight infections and repair tissue damage.
3. Ability to help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure and also possibly increase HDL “good” cholesterol.
4. Ability to help lower insulin resistance and thus help lower blood sugar levels at about 1-6 grams or 0.5-2 teaspoons/day.
5. Possible delay or prevention of the progressive loss of structure or function of brain cells and
6. Improvement in motor function.
7. Potential use in cancer prevention and treatment.
8. Ability to help fight bacterial and fungal infections.

Caution!

–> The Cassa type of cinnamon, which contains large quantities of a compound called Coumarin, may be harmful in large doses. Ceylon or “true” cinnamon is much lower in Coumarin that the Cassa variety but unfortunately most markets in the US sell Cassa cinnamon rather than Ceylon cinnamon, so when taking Cassa cinnamon, it’s best to stick to small doses.
Hope everyone had a happy Cinnamonday! 🙂

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