This fall favorite for lattes and sprinkling over apples and yogurt has some potent medicinal properties that make it a powerhouse for your health. Consider using it year-round and just when the leaves are changing colors.
Ceylon is “true” cinnamon, and Cassia cinnamon is the most common form used.
Cinnamaldehyde is the active compound found in the stem, and is thought to offer the greatest benefits. It is also what provides cinnamon with its smell and flavor. The essential oil of cinnamon is chock-full of this compound.
Potential Health Benefits:
- Loaded with antioxidants that help decrease inflammation.
- Improves sensitivity to insulin leading to better blood sugar regulation.
- Lowers triglycerides and total cholesterol.
- Lowered blood pressure when consumed consistently.
- Appears to inhibit the production of Tau protein in the brain, which is associated with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Found to reduce the activation of certain proteins involved in cancer growth (mouse study). Also found to reduce the growth of cancer cells and formation of new blood vessels in tumor (which helps them grow and spread).
- Antifungal/antibacterial properties
Cassia Cinnamon contains compounds known as coumarins (blood thinners) that can be dangerous in high dosages. Ceylon cinnamon contains less of these compounds and is your best choice. Ceylon is a little more expensive, but it may be worth it.