A tip about “true” cinnamon


Cinnamon is one of those full-bodied fragrant exotic spices that conjures up wonderful memories of baking cookies and apple pies with my Grandma Alice. It’s one of the oldest spices known and has been used for millennia as a medicine. Cinnamon is a tree bark and an excellent source of manganese, which you need for forming skin, bone, and cartilage and regulating blood sugar. It is also a very good source of fiber, iron, and calcium. One tablespoon of cinnamon has only eighteen calories and just ½ tsp a day can have an effect.


In reading about cinnamon, I discovered there are two most common commercially produced varieties: Ceylon Cinnamon (more woody with several layers and brown in color) called “true” cinnamon which primarily comes from Sri Lanka . . .


and Cassia Cinnamon (hard stick with, one thick layer, and reddish in color) which comes from China, Vietnam and Indonesia. Both varieties of cinnamon have similar health benefits and nutritional content. However, Cassia contains a higher level of coumarin, which may cause liver damage in high quantities. Thus, health officials recommend Ceylon cinnamon as a healthier alternative.

The kind I had been using for years; and the kind you most likely buy in your local grocery store as well, is Cassia Cinnamon, not Ceylon Cinnamon. 4602335034_0dde1b991f_z

So, since I love cinnamon – A LOT – and use it – A LOT – I found that I could easily purchase Ceylon Cinnamon online from Amazon.com.

So here are some benefits of cinnamon:

  • Cinnamon can lower can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).

  • Cinnamon seems to enhance the satiety center in your brain – that group of cells in the hypothalamus that suppresses your desire for food when stimulated.

  • Cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss).

  • Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body. People with normal blood sugar have a slower than usual blood sugar rise after eating a dessert with cinnamon.

  • Cinnamon has antifungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.

  • Cinnamon can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

  • In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

  • Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

  • When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

  • Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

  • Cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

  • Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief.

So, it doesn’t take much to get in 1/2 tsp a day! A couple of dashes is all it takes! So besides using it in your baking … sprinkle it on your oatmeal, on your whole grain toast, on your rice pudding, into your coffee or tea or add it to your smoothie.

Cheers, Karen


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