Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree, widely distributed in Southeast Asia, China, and Australia. The inner bark is made into strips, dried or roasted, and ground into powder.
The aroma, flavor, and health benefits of cinnamon come from cinnamaldehyde, an organic compound.
While all cinnamon is delicious, they are not the same. There are two main types of cinnamon. Cassia, a more aromatic and darker one which is common and inexpensive and ceylon which is higher in quality, antioxidants and thus more expensive. Ceylon is also known as the “true cinnamon”.
Although both of these types of cinnamon are good for diabetes and overall health, cassia contains coumarin, which can be toxic to your body and harmful to your liver if taken in large amounts. Ceylon cinnamon contains only trace amounts of coumarin and offers some major health benefits.
Stimulating insulin-like activity
According to research, ceylon is useful for diabetes because it reduces insulin resistance in the body so that glucose is metabolized in the liver. This makes ceylon an alternative treatment for diabetes.
Supporting immune health
The essential oils and compounds in ceylon cinnamon have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. You can use it to help you prevent and fight infections, especially seasonal ones.
Also, ceylon was part of a cancer study and may prevent or treat certain types of cancer. Of course, before you take anything, make sure that you have discussed it with your oncologist.
Managing blood pressure
The anti-inflammatory properties of ceylon makes it ideal to keep your blood pressure within normal levels. It helps distribute blood properly all over your body so that your heart is not strained. This may reduce your risk for heart disease.
Preventing Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s is one of the neurodegenerative diseases, which are characterized by the gradual loss of the brain cells’ structure and function. In this kind of disease, a protein known as tau tends to build up in the brain. Thankfully, studies have shown that there are two compounds in ceylon that prevent the buildup of tau.
With the health-boosting properties of ceylon cinnamon, it is certainly an impressive spice.
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