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    Benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon

    As one of the first traded spices in the world, Cinnamon holds a strong position when it comes to the world of spices. Cinnamon comes in two types namely, Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon. The cinnamon that hails from Sri Lanka maintains a strong reputation in the world market due to the unique chemical properties it possesses when compared to other varieties. Cinnamon is delivered to the consumer in various forms such as oils, powder, chips, quilling, cut form, and in bail form. Other than cooking, Cinnamon products are used for various activities involving medicinal purposes, soft drink production, perfume production etc.

    Health Benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon

    More than 80 chemical components can be found in Ceylon Cinnamon including Cinnamaldehyde, Cinnamic acid, and cinnamate. In addition to being a good source of flavour, Ceylon Cinnamon also offers numerous health benefits as it helps in avoiding the risks of getting diseases, disorders, and even cancer. (1)

    Lowers the Risk of Cancer through antitumor and anti-angiogenesis activities.

    Rich with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, the polyphenols in Ceylon Cinnamon acted as a strong activator of detoxifying enzymes in the body destroying prevailing cancer cells and providing protection against future growth of cancer cells, (2)

    Lowers the Risk of Heart Diseases

    Daily consumption of cinnamon can reduce the risk of heart diseases mainly due to its multiple properties including anti-inflammatory qualities, reducing LDL cholesterol and triglycerides with negative effects, stabilising HDL cholesterols, and reducing high blood pressure. (3)

    Reduces Blood Sugar Levels

    Cinnamon helps the body to use insulin more effectively through several methods, including

    1. By increasing insulin sensitivity Ceylon Cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels (4)
    2. Decreasing the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream by interfering with numerous digestive enzymes of carbohydrates (5)
    3. A compound called hydroxychalcone in Ceylon Cinnamon mimics the function of insulin to improve the absorption of glucose from body cells. (6)

    It is believed that cinnamon will reduce the blood sugar levels by 24% and reduce cholesterol by 18% further assisting in avoiding diseases like diabetes. (7), (8)

    Helps to Lose Weight

    The Cinnamaldehyde component present in Cinnamon activates Thermogenesis, which is a process where the body creates heat and results in burning of calories. The compound increases insulin sensitivity while decreasing blood sugar, which also supports losing weight, which makes cinnamon a great supportive supplement for weight loss plan.

    Benefits of Cinnamon on Skin

    In addition to its numerous health benefits, cinnamon assists in maintaining a glowing and healthy skin by;

    Reducing Acne

    Cinnamon helps to reduce acne by supporting the blood flow of the skin. Its anti-fungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties help to reduce acne and other skin blemishes. Cinnamon mixed with honey can be applied externally in order to treat acne and to restore the moisture of the skin.

    Reduces Eczema

    Cinnamon’s anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce acute eczema conditions when consumed mixed with food or applied externally.

    Benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon for Mental Health

    Helps Proper Brain Functioning

    A source of the powerful antioxidant manganese, Ceylon Cinnamon helps brain functioning and improves overall brain health by;

    • Delaying or reversing cognitive impairment
    • Boosting memory and concentration

    Prevents Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Consumption of Cinnamon is known as one of the safest methods to reduce the progression of Parkinson’s disease. (9), (10) Cinnamon metabolizes into Sodium benzoate which would enter into the brain and normalize neurotransmitter levels, improve motor functions and protect cells while stopping the loss of proteins like Parkin and DJ-1. The spice also helps to control Alzheimer’s disease as Cinnamon consists of Cinnamaldehyde and Epicatechin which have the ability to prevent the collection of Tau protein.

    Cinnamon’s Use in Home Remedy

    Cinnamon tea or cinnamon mixed with black and green tea can be a potent cure against cold and sore throat especially mixed with honey.