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What is Ceylon Cinnamon?

Posted by Administrator on 10/24/2017 to Ceylon True Cinnamon

Most readers have been asking this question over and over again. In general, cinnamon is a very popular spice that has been used by many cultures for various purposes such as medication, seasoning, preserving food and as an embalming agent (in ancient Egypt).

Ceylon Cinnamon grows in Sri Lanka formerly known as Ceylon. It’s derived from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree where the strips are sun dried until they roll into curls known as sticks. When the sticks are completely dried, users can either ground them into fine powder or extracts which can be used as spices. 

Ceylon cinnamon is mostly sold in powder form. Despite of its vast health benefits, most customers have found it almost impossible to differentiate between the two major types of cinnamon—Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon. According to research conducted by professional specialists, Ceylon cinnamon is mostly referred to as the “real” cinnamon while Cassia is referred to as the “fake” cinnamon.

Although these two spices are highly similar in terms of health benefits, scientists restrict users from taking high doses of Cassia cinnamon over Ceylon cinnamon as the former contains substantial amounts of coumarin which can damage the liver.

How to distinguish Ceylon Cinnamon from Cassia

As I stated earlier, cassia cinnamon is the most common type of spice in this family found in most supermarket shelves. Although these two spices perform the same purpose, they highly differ in terms of price, color, taste and physical characteristics. Ceylon cinnamon is usually the most expensive and hard to find type of cinnamon as compared to Cassia which is affordable and readily available in most supermarkets. In terms of health benefits, both spices are relatively similar except that Cassia cinnamon contains high levels of coumarin (1200 times higher) as compared to Ceylon cinnamon.

The differences don’t end there, Ceylon (real) cinnamon has a lighter brown color, soft texture and is thinner in appearance as compared to Cassia cinnamon which has a dark brown (reddish) color, hard texture and rough appearance. If you observe the sticks, you’ll notice that those of Ceylon cinnamon are filled with multiple layers that resemble a cigar while those of Cassia cinnamon are only inward folded with empty cavity at the center.

If you’re a customer looking forward to purchase either of the two cinnamon spices, you can either check the flavors or the sticks. Ceylon cinnamon usually has a soft sweet aromatic flavor while Cassia cinnamon features a pungent spicy flavor. Since Ceylon cinnamon has softer sticks, the blended powder is mostly light and soft as compared to Cassia cinnamon. With that being said, I believe that you’re now able to distinguish between the two cinnamon spices in terms of smell, flavor, color and sticks characteristics.  

Health benefits of Ceylon cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon has very many health benefits as compared to the rest of the cinnamon spices. Harvested from the inner barks of the evergreen Cinnamomum trees native to Sri Lanka, this spice comes with multiple health benefits which date back as far as the ancient Egypt. Without wasting any time, let’s highlight some of the notable health benefits of Ceylon cinnamon.

Reducing blood pressure

Ceylon cinnamon contains traces of cinnamic acid which has inflammatory effects. These properties are responsible for removing impurities on the blood stream thus allowing proper blood flow throughout the body.

Balances blood sugar (diabetes)

A research conducted on a rat in 2012 revealed that Ceylon cinnamon actually lowered traces of diabetes on the animal. What happens is that special components in Ceylon cinnamon increases insulin receptor sensitivity which allows the liver to control the amount of sugar present in the bloodstream.

Prevents cancer

Finally, Ceylon cinnamon contains special cancer fighting enzymes that not only supports the immune health but also prevents/treats certain types of cancer such as tumors, leukemia, colon cancer and melanomas among others.

Uses of Ceylon cinnamon

Apart from the above health benefits, Ceylon cinnamon contains various essential oils extracted from different parts of the trees such as leaves and barks. Apart from offering vast health benefits, these oils are perfect in accomplishing various home chores such as;

·         Killing and repelling harmful insects such as bed bugs, ants, mosquitoes, roaches and mites.

·         Odor neutralization and killing harmful bacteria such as e-coli and salmonella.

·         Maintaining dental health through killing harmful bacteria without damaging the gums.

·         Reducing menstrual discomforts and cramping.

Overall

There are other health benefits associated with taking the right amounts of Ceylon cinnamon. Having covered its uses and benefits, I believe most customers are now asking how much Ceylon cinnamon they should take in a day. To answer this, let me mention that there are no strict guidelines on how much Ceylon cinnamon should be consumed on a daily basis. While some specialists state that users should take one teaspoon a day, others suggest that users should first read the instructions carefully as each concentrate vary in potency.

 


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