Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols. According to a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking superfoods like garlic and oregano.
There are 2 major types of cinnamon available in the world:
- Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), also known as “true” cinnamon.
- Cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum Cassia), which is the most commonly available nowadays and generally referred to as “cinnamon” by people.
The distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon appeared by the concentration of the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde. Scientists have concluded this compound to be responsible for the most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on health and metabolism.
The Cassia type of cinnamon contains significant amounts of a compound called coumarin, which is believed to be harmful consumed in large doses.
Ceylon cinnamon (“true” cinnamon) is much better in this regard, as studies show that it is much lower in coumarin level than the Cassia type.
Unfortunately, most cinnamon found in supermarkets is the cheaper Cassia variety.
Benefits of cinnamon:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Full of antioxidants
- It may lower the risk of a heart disease
- Reduces levels of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while “good” HDL cholesterol remains stable. A comprehensive study concluded that a relatively small cinnamon dose of 120 mg per day can have these effects. The study also shows the intake of cinnamon increases the level of “good” HDL cholesterol.
- It lowers blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect. Numerous studies have confirmed the anti-diabetic effects of cinnamon, revealing that it can lower blood sugar levels by 10–29%.
- According to carried out research, it can be concluded the cinnamon is toxic for cancer cells. It acts by reducing the growth of cancer cells and the formation of tumors in blood vessels..
- Cinnamon helps in fighting bacterial and fungal infections
Recommended effective daily portion of Ceylon cinnamon is 1-6 grams or half to two teaspoons.
Cinnamon is one of the four ingredients in Vedic Fusion Turmeric Blend Tea.