Cinnamon is a delicious spice that’s been used for thousands of years, packed with antioxidants that help to protect your body from harmful free radicals. In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 different spices, cinnamon came out on top as the clear winner, managing to outrank “superfoods” like garlic and oregano. These antioxidants also help the body to fight off infections and even repair tissue damage, with studies showing that this spice has potent anti-inflammatory properties helping reduce your risk of disease.
Cinnamon may also help reduce the risk of heart disease, in people with type 2 diabetes, consuming 1 gram of cinnamon per day has been shown to have beneficial effects on blood markers. Cinnamon helps to lower levels of total and LDL cholesterol, while not affecting HDL cholesterol levels. In a recent review study, it was concluded that as little as 120 mg of cinnamon per day could have these effects on the body, and this study also found an increase in HDL cholesterol levels.
Cinnamon has also been found to help dramatically reduce insulin resistance, a major symptom of type 2 diabetes. As well as helping to reduce insulin resistance, cinnamon can also help to lower blood pressure by decreasing the amount of glucose that enters your bloodstream after meals. It manages this by interfering with digestive enzymes which slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates in your digestive tract.
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• Cinnamon comes from the bark of trees native to China, India, and Southeast Asia.
• Cassia comes from the Cinnamomum cassia plant, and is also called “Chinese cinnamon.” This type is a darker, redder brown, and has a harsher, more overpowering flavor with less sweetness.
• Cassia Cinnamom contains a high coumarin content. Coumarins are naturally occurring plant components that can have strong anticoagulant properties.
• In addition to diabetes, Cassia cinnamon is used for gas (flatulence), muscle and stomach spasms, preventing nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold.
• Used to aid weight management due to its natural ability to aid a loss of appetite.
• Cassia cinnamon is also used for erectile dysfunction (ED), hernia, bed-wetting, joint conditions, menopausal symptoms, menstrual problems, and to cause abortions.
• Medically, it is also used to aid chest pain, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, cramps, cancer, and as a “blood purifier.”
• Natural flavoring agent/colouring agent.
• Anti- inflammatory properties