While studying yesterday, I came across the beneficial properties of cinnamon and became very intrigued by its history of medicinal uses. It has been used for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egypt. Little did we know that the fragrant spice that fills the air on Christmas morning could help reduce blood sugar and prevent many common diseases.
Cassia Cinnamon is the most common type of cinnamon that is used in America today. While Ceylon cinnamon is used in many other countries and is known as “true cinnamon.” The spice is made from the bark of Cinnamomum trees, while the essential oil can be made from the bark, leaves or twigs. The smell and flavor of cinnamon is due to the compound known as cinnamaldehyde. This compound is also responsible for the beneficial properties of cinnamon.
Ceylon is milder and sweeter in flavor and is the best version for your health.
Antioxidants: as we know, antioxidants reduce free radical damage. This warming spice has been shown to have one of the highest antioxidant levels when compared to other commonly used spices. They contain polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids. These antioxidants can help reduce free radicals, which can help reduce risks of many diseases and illnesses.
Anti-inflammatory properties: the beneficial antioxidants in cinnamon also help reduce inflammation. This can lower the risk of many diseases, like cancer, heart disease, infections and repair tissues. In relation, this can help reduce pain, allergic reactions, relieve muscle soreness and many other common inflammatory issues.
Heart Health: cinnamon has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and blood pressure. The compounds in cinnamon help reduce LDL cholesterol while keeping HDL cholesterol stable. LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol, while HDL cholesterol is the good cholesterol.
Improve Sensitivity to Insulin: Insulin is the hormone that is needed to keep blood sugar balanced. Cinnamon is beneficial to people who are resistant to the effects of insulin since it increases the sensitivity to insulin. Diseases that revolve around insulin resistance are type 2 Diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
While there is no established dose that is recommended for cinnamon, it has been shown that ½ to 1 teaspoon of powder added to your daily diet can have beneficial properties. You can add it to your shakes, oatmeal and much more. It is found in more dishes than you think!