I love cinnamon! I usually have it in the morning with my breakfast, a little bit every day. It is so healthy and has been long used for medicinal benefits.
There are two types, the true cinnamon called ‘ceylon’ or ‘verum’ which contains a host of benefits focused on in this blog. And also a darker coloured, Chinese cinnamon called ‘cassia’ which is more commercial, has less health benefits and also contains an element called ‘courmarin’ which is harmful in large doses and can cause liver failure. Regardless, either type should be consumed at around 6g or less daily for optimal intake and to avoid toxicity.
HEALTH BENEFITS – CEYLON
- High amounts of calcium
- High fiber
- High concentration of antioxidants
- 1 tsp is equal to 22% of DRV in manganese which is so essential for us
- Boost blood circulation – great for those with arthritis
- Boosts HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad)
- Boosts brain activity, memory, motor speed, and visual recognition – even from smelling the sweet woody scent from cinnamon scented candles!
Ceylon cinnamon has been found to have potential in inhibiting tumour growth, reducing blood glucose levels postprandial (good for those with TII diabetes or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) by repairing receptors sensitivity to be responsive to insulin. It can even help manage Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s symptoms (by improving motor function).
A key property is within the oils of cinnamon i.e. cinnamaldehyde which prevents over-coagulation of blood. This chemical also has antimicrobial effects fighting bacteria, fungus and viral properties in foods and our bodies. It’s also valuable if you have an upset stomach, are experiencing diarrhoea, flatulence, menstrual cramps or lung congestions.
Don’t have too much though. Too much can harm gut bacteria and liver function. Always eat a healthy and balanced diet with a variety of food, herbs and spices!
Store in cool dark place and add small amounts to yoghurt, oats, smoothies, tea, coffee, savory dishes, baked sweet potato or pumpkin.