Some of The Benefits of Cinnamon
If you are a lover of cinnamon, welcome to the club!
We love the taste AND the fact that it has a multitude of wonderful health benefits. There are hundreds of different types of this health enhancing herb. It has been used by many cultures for centuries because of its amazing benefits for several different health issues.
• Helps to regulate blood sugar for Type 2 Diabetes patients
• Reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels
• Inhibits the production of proteins connected with Alzheimer’s Disease
• Has anti-inflammatory properties - especially for colon and digestive issues
• Improves digestion
• Supports healthy blood clotting
• Effective expectorant
• Boosts memory
• Relieves muscle tension
• Lowers cholesterol
• Natural anti-inflammatory
• Lowers blood sugar levels
• Has weight loss properties
• Reduces heart disease risk
But cinnamon needs to be taken in correct doses, so read on to learn more about how to make it work for YOU.
"Cinnamon bites and kisses simultaneously."
~ Vanna Bonta
What Are The Different Types of Cinnamon?
Interestingly, there are really only four of the many different types of Cinnamon that are sold on the commercial market today.
1. Ceylon Cinnamon
2. Indonesian Cinnamon
3. Saigon Cinnamon
4. Cassia Cinnamon
Now let’s divide those 4 types into 2 distinct categories:
1. Ceylon Cinnamon
2. Cassia Cinnamons - which include Indonesian, Saigon, and Cassia types.
Cassia Cinnamons are very similar to each other in taste, texture, and medicinal properties. They are harder than Ceylon Cinnamon, are milder tasting than Ceylon Cinnamon, and they contain very high levels of Coumarin.
Ceylon Cinnamon is much softer than its Cassia counterpart but also has a much stronger flavour and has very low levels of Coumarin.
A Comparison of The 2 Types Of Cinnamon
Here is a comparison of the two different types. Notice the * Coumarin* content of each different type.
Cassia Cinnamon has a much higher concentration of Coumarin properties than its Ceylon Cousin. That’s quite a difference! Why is that important? As Cinnamon has become so much more popular as an alternative to prescription drug therapies, over the counter supplements are much more available now and are being used on a daily basis.
Daily consumption of ground Cinnamon has risen too as we all hear about mixing cinnamon and honey to cure a cold or cough, or sprinkle some on your toast each morning to help calm an upset tummy. We keep hearing that we can eat or take as much as we want, because after all, Cinnamon is a natural substance that can’t hurt us...right?
Yikes! Nooot so fast... while Cinnamon does have a multitude of beneficial ingredients that do help to improve our health, there are some serious side effects from one particular ingredient in Cinnamon that can ultimately be fatal!
Coumarin, one of the chemical components of Cinnamon, is a phytochemical that has a taste similar to vanilla. It is also found in other plants, such as Strawberries, Lavender, Cherries, and Apricots. On its own, Coumarin taken in large doses on a daily basis, can end up causing liver damage or liver failure, and will interfere with prescription anticoagulant medications.
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, otherwise known as the German BfR, published a report in 2012 stating that high concentrations of Coumarin, the main chemical component of Cinnamon, causes liver damage. They also said the highest levels of Coumarin are found in supplements that are sold with Cinnamon as the main ingredient.
They offer this advice for anyone taking Cinnamon on a daily basis: “Consumers who frequently use large amounts of cinnamon as spice in their home cooking, for example for rice pudding with sugar and cinnamon, should use Ceylon cinnamon which contains low levels of Coumarin.” (source)
A study by the University of Mississippi in 2013 showed that the levels of Coumarin are lowest in graham crackers and breakfast cereals; having only 0.37 milligrams of Coumarin per serving, whereas dietary supplements contained the highest amount at anywhere from 2.5 - 3.9 milligrams per serving. (source)
The United States issued a ban on Coumarin as a stand-alone add-in to foods or anything else back in 1954, due to its toxicity. They did not however; ban the use of Coumarin in other substances, such as Cinnamon; which could show a possible correlation between the high incidence of Liver Disease (30 million cases) and high use of Cassia Cinnamon consumption in the States.
See why it’s so important to take the right kind of Cinnamon? With a whopping 5% Coumarin content in Cassia Cinnamons, it is easy to see how quickly our health can actually deteriorate with the daily consumption of Cassia Cinnamons! Whether you take Cinnamon supplements or use it daily in your food or beverages, it's very important to make sure you are using Ceylon Cinnamon, instead of Cassia Cinnamon.
Know Your 'True Cinnamon'
There are several names for Ceylon Cinnamon that you can find in an ingredient list that will help you know the truth about your Cinnamon:
• True Cinnamon
• Cinnamon Verum
• Mexican Cinnamon
• Sweet Cinnamon
Most Europeans are more familiar with Ceylon Cinnamon than North Americans are. In the United States, a majority of the Cinnamon that is bought in food stores is actually Cassia Cinnamon and not Ceylon Cinnamon and it is the same with over the counter supplements.
Replacing Cinnamon Cassia with True Cinnamon/Ceylon Cinnamon will be a very positive move towards improvements in your health. It has been said before that truth sets you free, but in this case, it’s the knowledge of True Cinnamon that sets your health free!
Get Your Cinnamon Daily, In Our Hibiscus Cinnamon Tea!
This refreshingly tangy tea is made from the scarlet petals of the hibiscus flower and blended with heady, woody cinnamon spice. It also has a little black pepper and coconut, to activate and absorb the goodness of turmeric. We have also added to this blend a few other 100% Organic Ingredients: Turmeric, Coconut, Liquorice, Orange Peel, and Clove.
Please always make sure to investigate any new herbs or spices you may want to take for health benefits. It is important to always understand what you are putting into your body.
Here’s to your health!
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