– Cinnamon (/ˈsɪnəmən/ SIN-ə-mən) is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus
– Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods.
– Cinnamon is the name for perhaps a dozen species of trees and the commercial spice products that some of them produce.
– All are members of the genus Cinnamomum in the family Lauraceae.
native to the Caribbean, South America, and Southeast Asia.
Cinnamomum verum/aromaticum ( chin. : 桂枝)
– There are two main types of cinnamon:
Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), often considered to be “true cinnamon”
Cassia cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum), which originates from southern China, is typically less expensive than Ceylon cinnamon
– While Cinnamomum verum is sometimes considered to be “true cinnamon”,
– most cinnamon in international commerce is derived from related species, which are also referred to as “cassia” to distinguish them from “true cinnamon”.
– The distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon is due to the oily part, which is very high in a compound called cinnamaldehyde that is responsible for most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on health and metabolism
– Cinnamon contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants.
– there’s no cure for Type 2 diabetes, cinnamon can be an effective tool in managing the disease.
– “It can reduce blood pressure and have a positive effect on blood markers for those with Type 2 diabetes,”
– Cinnamon can also reduce insulin resistance, which, has been shown to lower fasting blood sugar levels by up to 29%, which can reduce the instance of Type 2 diabetes.”
– Cinnamon) also raises HDL (the “good”) cholesterol,” she explains. HDL cholesterol helps remove LDL cholesterol from the body.
– And that’s not all. “Regular intake of cinnamon may also help to mitigate the effects of high-fat meals by slowing the increase in blood sugar post-meal
– has been proven to fight fungal, bacterial, and viral elements in foods, thus preventing spoilage.
Consumers of cinnamon can benefit from these properties as well, according to our experts, who say cinnamon can be used as part of a treatment for anything from lung problems to the common cold.
Denise Baron, a wellness educator and director of Ayurveda for Modern Living explains that cinnamon can help with all sorts of lung congestion issues. “
– It helps clear up mucus and encourages circulation,” thus lending its powers to everything from a simple seasonal cough to bronchitis, when used in tandem with other remedies.
– “Research shows that cinnamon extract may help fight the HIV virus by preventing the virus from entering cells,” says Parikh. “Therefore, cinnamon extract could potentially contribute to the management of HIV.”
– Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are two neurological conditions that, for the moment, are incurable. An enormous part of treating these diseases is therefore in symptom management,
and this can be boosted with the addition of cinnamon to a regular regime.
– “Cinnamon has been shown to help neurons and improve motor function in those suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s,”
– These contributions can help sufferers of these two diseases continue their regular routines with far less impediment.
– experiments demonstrate that cinnamon extract slows the growth of cancer cells and induces cancerous cell death.”
If these properties do extend to humans, then cinnamon may in fact be able to slow growth and kill cancerous cells.
– other characteristics of cinnamon, including the presence of antioxidants and free radicals, can contribute to its possible anti-carcinogenic effects
– Consumption of cinnamon can reduce both systemic and specific inflammation. The former is particularly important in the Western world, according to Parekh.
She says that in the West, “Systemic inflammation is a prominent problem that has led to the rise in chronic disease.” By adding cinnamon to a regular diet, this systemic inflammation can be reduced significantly.”
– Specific inflammation reduction means that consumption of cinnamon can help treat certain types of pain and headaches, as well as arthritis pain.
– It plays a double role in this particular type of pain, according to Baron, as cinnamon can also boost circulation. “With circulation problems such as Raynaud’s syndrome or arthritis, this helps stimulate and push circulation to the joints,”
– cinnamon can be a key element of Polycystic ovarian syndrome management due to a number of characteristics.
A recent pilot study found that cinnamon reduced insulin resistance in women with PCOS,” explains Parekh, extending cinnamon’s recommended consumption from diabetes sufferers to anyone with an insulin resistance problem
– “Cinnamon can also help mitigate heavy menstrual bleeding associated with common conditions of female health, such as endometriosis, menorrhagia, and uterine fibroids.”