Cinnamon has been known from remote antiquity. It was imported to Egypt as early as 2000 BC, but those who report it had come from China confuse it with cassia. Cinnamon was so highly prized among ancient nations that it was regarded as a gift fit for monarchs and even for a god.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. The term “cinnamon” also refers to its mid-brown colour. 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”.
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. Only a few of them are grown commercially for spice.
Although available throughout the year, the fragrant, sweet and warm taste of cinnamon is a perfect spice to use during the winter months.
1) Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine.
2) Cinnamon is the brownish-reddish inner bark of the cinnamon tree, which when dried, rolls into a tubular form known as a quill. 3) Cinnamon is available in either its whole quill form (cinnamon sticks) or as ground powder.
Several species of cinnamon are often grouped together and referred to as either “cassia cinnamons” or just “cassia.” From a U.S. marketplace perspective, the most important of these species is Cinnamomum burmannii, also referred to as either Indonesian cinnamon, Indonesian cassia, or Java cinnamon. If you are consuming a cinnamon-flavored produce, it is most likely to have been flavored with this species of cinnamon. Cassia-type cinnamons include the following:
1) Cinnamomum burmannii, commonly called Indonesian Cinnamon, Indonesian Cassia, or Java Cinnamon
2) Cinnamomum cassia, also known as Cinnamomum aromaticum,and commonly called Chinese Cinnamon or Chinese Cassia
3) Cinnamomum loureiroi, commonly called Vietnamese Cinnamon, Vietnamese Cassia,Saigon Cinnamon, or Saigon Cassia
In a different category from the cinnamon species above which are commonly referred to as the “cassia cinnamons” is another species of cinnamon long-valued in both culinary and herbal medicine traditions and often referred to either as Ceylon cinnamon or Sri Lanka Cinnamon. The science names for Ceylon Cinnamon are Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamomum verum. The word “verum” in this species name comes from the Latin word verus for “true,” and is connected with the reason that you also hear this species of cinnamon being referred to as “true cinnamon.”
Anti-Clotting Actions (Cinnamon)
Cinnamaldehyde (also called cinnamic aldehyde) has been well-researched for its effects on blood platelets. Platelets are constituents of blood that are meant to clump together under emergency circumstances (like physical injury) as a way to stop bleeding, but under normal circumstances, they can make blood flow inadequate if they clump together too much. The cinnaldehyde in cinnamon helps prevent unwanted clumping of blood platelets. (The way it accomplishes this health-protective act is by inhibiting the release of an inflammatory fatty acid called arachidonic acid from platelet membranes and reducing the formation of an inflammatory messaging molecule called thromboxane A2.) Cinnamon’s ability to lower the release of arachidonic acid from cell membranes also puts it in the category of an “anti-inflammatory” food that can be helpful in lessening inflammation.
Blood Sugar Control
Seasoning a high carb food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon may also significantly help people with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to respond to insulin, thus normalizing their blood sugar levels. Both test tube and animal studies have shown that compounds in cinnamon not only stimulate insulin receptors, but also inhibit an enzyme that inactivates them, thus significantly increasing cells’ ability to use glucose. Studies to confirm cinnamon’s beneficial actions in humans are currently underway with the most recent report coming from researchers from the US Agricultural Research Service, who have shown that less than half a teaspoon per day of *cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels in persons with type 2 diabetes.
Some scientists had been concerned about potentially toxic effects of regularly consuming *cinnamon. This new research shows that the potentially toxic compounds in *cinnamon bark are found primarily in the lipid (fat) soluble fractions and are present only at very low levels in water soluble *cinnamon extracts, which are the ones with the insulin-enhancing compounds.
Including *cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Candida Yeast Infections
*Cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. This applies to Escherichia coli bacteria and Candida albicans fungus. This study discovered that *Cinnamon Oil was one of three leading essential oils effective against Candida. A second study found that *Cinnamon Oil was effective against three strains of Candida, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, and Candida krusei. Real Ceylon *Cinnamon Tea infused with *Cinnamon Bark Oil could be an excellent way to fight internal Candida infections and boost your immune system. For topical applications (except genital areas and mucous membranes) 1% Ceylon *Cinnamon Leaf Oil mixed with a carrier oil could be an extremely effective treatment option.
By far and away the best remedy for a horrible stomach bug is *Cinnamon. It make sense because *Cinnamon is a powerful anti-bacterial. Research has shown *Cinnamon is one of the most effective substances against E-coli, and Salmonella. as well as Campylobacter . Another study found Cinnamaldehyde from *Cinnamon Bark Oil in its various forms is effective against adenovirus. Another reason to have our *Cinnamon tea which is infused with *Cinnamon Bark Oil that has high levels of Cinnamaldehyde (between 40-50%).
Not only does consuming *cinnamon improve the body’s ability to utilize blood sugar. But just smelling the wonderful odor of this sweet spice boosts brain activity!
Increase Mental Strength: People have always looked for ways to boost their focus and concentration skills. Potassium, certain super foods, and various remedies have been shown to boost mental ability, and *cinnamon is counted among those options. There is a chemical connection between the brain and the scent/taste of *cinnamon. So when research subjects have chewed *cinnamon-flavored gum or simply smelled *cinnamon, there cognitive activity increased. If you need a brain boost, eat a *cinnamon-heavy breakfast and see how quick your mind works!
Research found that chewing *cinnamon flavored gum or just smelling *cinnamon enhanced study participants’ cognitive processing. Specifically, *cinnamon improved participants’ scores on tasks related to attentional processes. Virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual-motor speed while working on a computer-based program. Participants were exposed to four odorant conditions: no odor, peppermint odor, jasmine, and *cinnamon. With *cinnamon emerging the clear winner in producing positive effects on brain function. Encouraged by the results of these studies. Researchers will be evaluating *cinnamon”s potential for enhancing cognition in the elderly. Individuals with test-anxiety, and possibly even patients with diseases that lead to cognitive decline.
Calcium and Fiber
In addition to its unique essential oils. *Cinnamon is an excellent source of fiber and the trace mineral manganese while also a very good source of calcium. The combination of calcium and fiber in *cinnamon is important and can be helpful for the prevention of several different conditions. Both calcium and fiber can bind to bile salts and help remove them from the body. By removing bile, fiber helps to prevent the damage that certain bile salts can cause to colon cells. Thereby reducing the risk of colon cancer. In addition, when bile is removed by fiber, the body must break down cholesterol in order to make new bile. This process can help to lower high cholesterol levels, which can be helpful in preventing atherosclerosis and heart disease. For sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome, the fiber in *cinnamon may also provide relief from constipation or diarrhea.
Research into *cinnamon’s effects on cancer have been ongoing for many years. And the conclusion is that two substances, cinnamaldehyde and eugenol can both actively prevent cancer cells. From spreading and represents a very exciting development for cancer research for colon cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia. More specifically, certain substances in *cinnamon have been found to prevent tumor growth. These antioxidant constituents also help with a variety of other health effects. Including the health and appearance of the skin. As well as the ability of the body to heal and repair itself.
The high levels of magnesium found in *cinnamon sticks represents a significant boost to your bone health. As magnesium is one of the major players. Along with calcium, in preventing osteoporosis and boosting bone health into your old age. Consuming a *cinnamon stick may not sound particularly appetizing. But the magnesium addition to your diet that it proves is impressive.
*Cinnamon contains various essential oils and organic compounds that can actively seek out and neutralize free radicals. The dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to spontaneously die or mutate into cancerous cells. These antioxidants in *cinnamon are praised for their ability to improve heart health. And also prevent certain chronic diseases that are exacerbated by the activity of free radicals.