Cinnamon is one of the most common spices out there. It goes with the sweet, it goes with the savoury. It is everywhere from your coffee to your breakfast to your curry and your dessert.
Cinnamon is not only tasty, it is loaded with potential health benefits. But before you start adding more to your daily diet, here are 6 things you should know
1. Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants reduce the free radicals in your blood. They protect your cell membranes and your DNA. High levels of antioxidants are also known to help prevent heart disease, stroke and cancer.
2. Cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory
Inflammation is how your body responds to injury. But chronic inflammation is not a good thing. Too many immune cells in your system can trigger genetic mutations and lead to many illnesses like Alzheimer’s, asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, heart failure and stroke. Cinnamon can help protect your body against chronic inflammation.
3. Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar
Cinnamon can help keep your blood sugar level. It slows the emptying of the stomach after a meal which curbs the rise in blood sugar. It actually helps improve the performance of insulin! Diabetics, take note!
4. Cinnamon may improve brain health
Studies have found that smelling or tasting cinnamon can improve cognitive abilities. Animal research suggests a link between cinnamon ingestion and the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
5. BUT cinnamon testing is still in the early stages
Very few studies are definitive at this time. There are lots of animal studies and a few small studies in humans but no large scale, human studies. So while the current discoveries are promising, they are still being examined.
6. All cinnamons are not created equal
There are basically two types of cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon (also known as true cinnamon or Mexican cinnamon) and Cassia cinnamon
which includes several types (Indonesian cinnamon, Korintje cinnamon, Padang cassia, Saigon cinnamon, Vietnamese cassia, Vietnamese cinnamon, cassia cinnamon, and Chinese cinnamon). Cassia cinnamon are full of coumarin which can cause liver damage. Ceylon cinnamon has less. It is more expensive but worth it if you're looking for the health gains. Look for Ceylon or True cinnamon.
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Source: Epoch TImes
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