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.
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)
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)
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)
Cinnamon helps the body to use insulin more effectively through several methods, including
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.
In addition to its numerous health benefits, cinnamon assists in maintaining a glowing and healthy skin by;
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.
Cinnamon’s anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce acute eczema conditions when consumed mixed with food or applied externally.
A source of the powerful antioxidant manganese, Ceylon Cinnamon helps brain functioning and improves overall brain health by;
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 tea or cinnamon mixed with black and green tea can be a potent cure against cold and sore throat especially mixed with honey.