Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays! Forgive me for this obviously late post but it could not be helped. Today we are going to be talking about some of the possible health benefits of cinnamon. Cinnamon is a spice that comes from the inner brown bark of the Cinnamomum trees and is brown in colour. It has a distinct smell and flavour that comes from cinnamaldehyde.
Did you know that there are hundreds of types of Cinnamon? However, only four types of Cinnamon are used for commercial purposes: Ceylon Cinnamon, Cassia or Chinese Cinnamon, Saigon Cinnamon and Korintje Cinnamon.
Cassia, Saigon and Korintje Cinnamon are all classified under the Cassia Cinnamon category because they are very similar to each other with only slight variations in shape, colour, taste, and Coumarin content.
- Ceylon Cinnamon is soft, brittle, lighter in colour, has a mild smell and is slightly sweeter with low Coumarin levels.
- Cassia type Cinnamon however is hard, darker in colour, spicy, has a stronger smell and has high levels of Coumarin.
- Ceylon cinnamon is produced in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Brazil, India, and the Caribbean.
- Cassia cinnamon is produced largely in Indonesia, China and Vietnam.
Some of the nutrients found in cinnamon include: manganese, calcium and fibre. Cinnamon can be acquired in its stick form, in a powder form, capsule form or as an oil. Regardless of the form you choose it does not take away from its effectiveness. It is popular in both sweet and savory dishes. It’s usefulness are not just limited to the kitchen but outside of it as well. Let’s take a look.
Some studies done on cinnamon suggests the following benefits:
- High source of antioxidants
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Anti-clotting agent
- Anti-viral properties
- Lower bad cholesterol
- Boost immunity
- Protects against heart disease
- Protects brain function
- Lower cancer risks
- Protects and support good dental health
- Improve colon health
The potential benefits to be gained from using cinnamon are not only limited to its consumption but can also be gained through just smelling it in the form of cinnamon scented candles, homemade toothpaste and even in the form of an acne mask.
Possible side effects:
The high levels of Coumarin found in Cassia cinnamon can be potentially toxic to the liver so if you must use it please use very small amounts. For this reason some researchers recommend Ceylon cinnamon because it has lower levels of Coumarin. Like I always say, everything needs to be used in moderation so do not exceed the recommended dosage.
Some experts also warn against incorporating too much cinnamon into your diet if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do your research and be sure to consult your doctor to avoid any potential complication.
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