Cinnamon is a spice that brings a well-balanced flavour of sweetness and spiciness. Made through an intricate process of shaving the bark of the cinnamon tree and rolling by hand, cinnamon is a priced ingredient in many cuisines around the world.
Cinnamon tree bark
Ceylon Cinnamon vs Cassia Cinnamon
Ceylon, also known as, true cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon are the most commonly used varieties of cinnamon in the world. However, there are many factors that distinguish these two types.
“Ceylon Cinnamon” or true cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka (formerly known as “Ceylon”) This cinnamon boasts a tan brown colour and is known for its tightly packed soft layers. This gives it a high quality texture. Due to its premium quality, Ceylon cinnamon tends to be more expensive than other types of cinnamon. Furthermore, another indication of its high quality is the abundance of health benefits Ceylon cinnamon offers. That is why we use Ceylon cinnamon in our herbal infusions as well.
Production of Ceylon Cinnamon
“Cassia Cinnamon” on the other hand is known to have originated from China. Hence, it is also known as Chinese cinnamon. However, now the cultivation of Cassia cinnamon is widely grown in Southern and Eastern Asia as well. When it comes to texture and colour, cassia cinnamon tends to be rougher and darker than Ceylon cinnamon. In general, cassia cinnamon tends to be lower in quality and therefore, it is cheap and commonly used around the world.
The Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon helps to control blood sugar levels
When it comes to health benefits, cinnamon is most commonly known for its ability to control blood sugar levels. Cinnamon has the ability to imitate the actions of insulin, increase insulin sensitivity and transport glucose to cells more efficiently. This action helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Research indicates that these effects of cinnamon are visible almost immediately after consumption and can last upto 12 hours.
Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory agent
Although a certain level of inflammation is necessary for the muscle repairment processes in our body, too much of it can be detrimental. Cinnamon helps to regulate your inflammation levels through the anti-inflammatory properties of polyphenols. Studies have shown that these anti-inflammatory properties have a significant influence on the central nervous system and parts of the brain.
Cinnamon contains the strength of three powerful A’s
This refers to cinnamon’s impressive antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.! This is one of the main reasons why cinnamon has been hailed in ayurvedic medicine for centuries. These properties are not only beneficial to the human body, they also help in food preservation.
Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants
Antioxidants are commonly known for their ability to subdue the damage caused by free radicals. This marvelous spice is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols. They stop any potential risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes by constantly looking out for any damage caused by free radicals.
Cinnamon alleviates stomach discomforts
Traditional Ayurvedic medicine also uses cinnamon as a cure for stomach aches and gastrointestinal problems. The antiemetic and carminative properties of the spice subdue the nauseous feeling by stimulating stomach cells that help tackle any discomforts. Furthermore, cinnamon oil is used to facilitate comfortable stomach movements to get your system back on track once again.
Cinnamon is very easy for you to incorporate into your daily diet. You can try herbal infusions, sprinkle some on your baked goods and dishes, or your morning cereal and granola. Experience the earthiness of Ceylonese spices that gives off a special kick of flavour, its share of impressive health benefits is another reason you should try it if you haven’t already!