Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Posted on: July 31, 2021.

The flavor and taste of everyday food and dessert is enhanced by the addition of cinnamon—either as sticks “quills” or powder—as common an ingredient as salt, but with the advantage of wonderful health benefits.

Cinnamon imparts warmth, natural sweetness, and depth of flavor, to a variety of meal preparations—oatmeal, smoothies, yoghurt, cookies, cakes and even savory dishes like curry.

Botanically, cinnamon is the inner layer of the bark of many varieties of evergreen trees that belong to the genus Cinnamomum. To obtain cinnamon, the outer bark of the cinnamon tree is first shaved off.

Thereafter, farmers shave off the inner bark—the cinnamon layer—which is then dried. While drying, the bark naturally curls into “quills”, which we use as cinnamon sticks, or crushed to make its powder form.

Furthermore, store-bought cinnamon isn’t the ‘true’ deal—it is derived from a related species, referred to as ‘cassia’. True cinnamon, interestingly, is ‘Ceylon’ cinnamon sourced from the Cinnamomum verum tree.

Fortunately, however, both varieties have just the same wonderful health benefits that include stabilizing blood sugar, anti-inflammatory properties, and possible protection against free radicals and bacteria.

1. Inflammation retarder

Risk of heart disease, cancer, brain function decline, and more, could be lowered by cinnamon, which contains antioxidants which block the inflammatory response pathways in the body.

When it comes to being highly effective at fighting dangerous inflammation levels throughout the body, cinnamon alone contains over seven kinds of flavonoid compounds!

2. Immunity booster

The essential oils in cinnamon are a natural anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral agent, which were found to help fight infections.

3. Heart health promoter

Abnormal or pathological levels of cholesterol, triglyceride, blood pressure, and several other risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) is lowered by cinnamon.

Cinnamon promotes vascular wellness by increasing coronary blood flow and potentially suppressing total serum cholesterol, triglycerides, and phospholipids.

4. Blood sugar stabilizer

The way the human body reacts to insulin has been enhanced by chromium and polyphenols—naturally-occurring compounds found specifically in Cinnamomum cassia.

Improvement of the body’s sensitivity to insulin—the vital hormone that balances blood sugar levels in the body—is assisted by cinnamon, and thereby helps lower abnormal levels of blood sugar in the body.

Consequently, cinnamon—by stabilizing fluctuation of blood sugar—helps reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by improving insulin signaling and glucose control in the body.

5. Brain Function Enhancer

The anti-oxidant properties of cinnamon—by activating neuro-protective proteins that protect brain cells from damage and mutation—resists neurological/cognitive disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

But to get these benefits, how much cinnamon do we need?

Though, currently, there isn’t sufficient scientific findings for this, according to a study, blood glucose levels decreased by 18-29 percent in people with type 2 diabetes, following a daily intake of 3-6 grams—or 1–1½ teaspoons—of cinnamon.

However, proper dietary consultation for oneself must be sought beforehand, and people with cinnamon sensitivities must be careful not exceed this amount, as large doses may be toxic.

Furthermore, there is no definitive recommended dosage amount for cinnamon, as these claims are backed by controversial study findings.

Cinnamon imparts a delicious taste to the following foods—

  • Smoothies (mango, banana, and almond milk) or turmeric lattes
  • Stewed fruit, such as rhubarb and apples
  • Warm porridge
  • Home-baked cookies, banana bread and crumbles
  • Oven-roasted almonds
  • Natural or Greek yogurt
  • Marinades for meat to give a Middle Eastern flavor, e.g. roast lamb
  • Casseroles and curries (whole cinnamon sticks “quills”)
  • Potable Tea (whole cinnamon sticks “quills”)
  • Pumpkin soup


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