Cinnamon and its Health Properties
Where is your cinnamon from
Some time ago I came upon important information on Cinnamon. This is a spice known and used in most countries worldwide but not all the varieties of Cinnamon are good for you, some can even harm you.
This well-known spice has been around for many centuries, it seems that even in ancient Egypt it was used be it for medicine and in the embalming process. It is also mentioned in the bible and became, over time one of the most popular goods for trading in a variety of cultures. In travel books of the 1700s and 1800s, it is also often mentioned.
Cinnamon originates from a tree and is often sold as a ground powder. It is the inner bark of a cinnamon tree, which has this delicious flavor and therefore also sold as sticks. There are several species of cinnamon trees, the most common being the Cinnamomum Cassia or Chinese cinnamon. A second variety is the Cinnamomum Verum or Sri Lanka (Ceylon) cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is often considered true cinnamon. Its color is a lighter brown, it is sweeter in taste and harder to find and more expensive. Most cinnamon is of the Cassia variety. In the US at least 90% is Cassia. It is quite a bit cheaper, has a more bitter taste and is darker in color.
What are the benefits of quality cinnamon?
Cinnamon has many health benefits. One of its most important benefits is the fact that it contains Coumarin which helps prevent blood from clumping. It will keep your blood flowing nicely, blood clotting can be dangerous. It also helps to regulate your blood sugar. Try to put a big spoonful of cinnamon in your coffee, it tastes great. It also contains a lot of antioxidants and it will help you in fighting fungal infections. There are also indications that cinnamon may improve your memory, the evidence is still not widespread so time will tell but it looks promising.
Some differences between Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon
There seems to be a big difference between cinnamon from Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon from China. As mentioned earlier, cinnamon contains Coumarin which is a blood thinner. However, Cassia cinnamon contains 1000% more of Coumarin than the Ceylon cinnamon. Coumarin, taken over a long period, can cause liver damage and other health-related problems.
Have a look at this Wikipedia link. Upon reading this, you know why one should avoid Cassia.
Source: Paleohacks by Casey Thaler
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Cinnamon improves your learning abilities
Just recently more interesting information on Cinnamon came to light.
There is a new study from researchers at the Rush University Medical Center which was published in the Neuroimmune Pharmacology.
This is a very interesting study with mice. 2 Groups of mice, one of them “good learners” and the other group were “poor learners”. Using cinnamon it was observed that the “poor learners” had a benefit on a biochemical, cellular and anatomical level in their brains. It had an effect on the hippocampus. This area of the brain is associated with the creative process, the sorting and also the storing of memory, that is why it is so closely related to the learning process. Cinnamon improved the learning ability in the mice who were “poor learners” but giving cinnamon to the group of mice who were considered “good learners” no positive change was observed.
Although this study has only be done with mice perhaps in the near future some studies might be done with humans. A lot of children nowadays have difficulty learning often due to toxic environments/lifestyles. Just imagine that by taking cinnamon on a daily basis, of course only the Ceylon one, we would be able to increase our learning abilities? I think it is worth trying, don’t you?
Source: Alternative Daily by Tanya Rakhmilevich
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