The sweet, comforting taste and fragrance of this spice comes from the volatile components that originate in the bark of a cinnamon tree. There are two main varieties of cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and Cinnamon cassia (Cinnamomum aromaticum). The majority the beneficial health effects are associated with Ceylon cinnamon, also called ‘true’ cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon.
Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, anti-microbial activity, and may help prevent cardiovascular disease, boost brain function and reduce risk of colon cancer. Active compounds exist in the essential oils of the cinnamon bark, and are responsible for many of these healthful properties. Keep in mind that there is a need for more high quality research (randomized clinical trials) to more clearly define how these findings can impact human health. Taking extreme doses of cinnamon is not recommended, as there can be negative side effects. It is best to naturally “supplement” your diet with sprinklings of cinnamon in your homemade meals and recipes!
Did you know
Just 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon contains about 45% of your daily value of manganese- a mineral that helps your body maintain normal blood sugar levels, keep your bones and nerves healthy, as well as promote optimal thyroid function.