What’s the big deal with Ceylon cinnamon? It has generated much interest lately, as its remarkable health benefits have become more widely known. Many of these benefits have been scientifically proven. Others we know of from information passed down on the use of Ceylon cinnamon in traditional medicine.
Here is why you should be using Ceylon cinnamon to add some healthy flavour to your wellness routine.
Ceylon Cinnamon – Overview
Ceylon cinnamon’s popularity began when European explorers returned from their “conquests” in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) with this remarkable spice.
Of all the types of cinnamon currently in use, the Ceylon is regarded as being the sweetest and mildest in term of taste and flavour. It is also the lightest in terms of colour. There are many who feel it is also the healthiest.
The reason for this,is its high levels of cinnamaldehyde, a kind of wonder compound, which gives cinnamon many of its health benefits. Additionally, when compared to other cinnamons, Ceylon cinnamon has significantly lower levels of a liver damaging chemical called coumarin.
(It must be pointed out, however, that the average person is in no danger from the coumarin contained in normally consumed levels of any type of cinnamon.)
Here Are 10 Proven Benefits Of Ceylon Cinnamon
- It is high in cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon’s oil gives it its unique flavour and smell. The oil has a high concentration of cinnamaldehyde, a compound long known for its positive effects on metabolism and general health.
- It is full of polyphenol anti-oxidants. Polyphenol anti-oxidants such as tannins and catechins play vital roles in maintaining various aspects of your health. For example, they stimulate the activities of the immune system and work to protect bone cartilage.
- Its anti-oxidants have anti-inflammatory properties. This makes cinnamon of particular benefit to arthritis sufferers (and those dealing with any of the other inflammation related conditions).
- It protects against cancer. Studies are beginning to show that cinnamon reduces the growth of cancer cells and inhibits the formation of blood vessels in tumours.
- It improves sensitivity to insulin. Cinnamon is extremely effective at lowering insulin resistance. It allows insulin to carry out its many metabolic functions, a real plus for people with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
- It lowers blood sugar levels. By increasing insulin sensitivity, cinnamon also helps to lower and regulate blood sugar levels.
- It lowers the risk of heart disease. Cinnamon accomplishes this by lowering overall levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. Interestingly, though it leaves the HDL cholesterol levels intact.
- It improves the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Studies have reported very encouraging results for the action of compounds in cinnamon to improve symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases.
- It has antimicrobial properties. Cinnamaldehyde has been shown to treat fungal respiratory tract infections and deter growth of Listeria, Salmonella and several other bacteria.
- It is a food preservative. Its antimicrobial properties make cinnamon a wonderful food preservative. It inhibits bacterial growth,allowing food to stay fresher for longer.
Now, those are more than sufficient reasons to ensure you make cinnamon a part of your daily food preparation routines. The aroma, taste and health benefits combined, mean you certainly will not be disappointed by this exceptional spice.