Cinnamon health benefits include lowering blood cholesterol and sugar levels, improving immunity to viral and bacterial diseases as well as improving cognitive abilities.
Pure cinnamon has a long history as a spice food additive and as medicine to prevent and treat various conditions. Native to Sri Lanka, essential oils found in its bark contain high levels of anti-oxidants, helpful in preventing and treating many diseases.
Studies have shown that spices such as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and cloves, as well as making food more enjoyable, may play a role in preventing diabetes and heart disease. It just takes a small amount (say half a teaspoon) of ground cinnamon daily to enjoy some of these benefits as well as the delicious taste.
Not only do cinnamon health benefits improve some of the major ailments of man but apparently also help with weight loss!
The only contra-indication that I can find for its use as a food additive relates to the type of cinnamon used, with cassia cinnamon, which contains coumarin, being toxic when used in large amounts. That is one reason why we, at Tropical Superfoods, import only the best, organically grown, quills or freshly ground true cinnamon (cinnamomum verrum), which has a sweeter and milder taste than the, rather harsh, cassia type.
Helps to regulate blood sugar content, hence improves diabetes.
Has an anti-clotting effect on the blood so assists with circulation.
Helps to prevent some cancers, especially that of the colon.
Improves blood levels of cholesterol.
Inhibits the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Has anti-inflammatory properties so helps to prevent coronary heart disease and arthritis.
Its aroma improves cognitive function.
The presence of fibre, calcium and manganese, combined with manganese and the essential oil, cinnamaldehyde, makes cinnamon a spice of choice for good health.
Anti-microbial, it also helps in the preservation of food.
Ground cinnamon keeps fresh for about six to twelve months but the quills are said to remain potent for up to a hundred years!
Now I don’t know that from personal experience and, like most of the information on this site, I have summarized my research of articles written by others to reach generalized conclusions.
The rule seems to be to keep all spices, including cinnamon, in airtight glass jars and replace when the aroma has gone.
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