Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices in the world, known for its sweet and warm flavor that adds a unique touch to many dishes. However, not all cinnamon is created equal. There are two main types of cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. While they may look and taste similar, they come from different trees and have distinct health benefits. In this article, we will explore the health benefits of Ceylon cinnamon, which is also known as “true cinnamon.”
What is ceylon cinnamon?
Ceylon cinnamon is derived from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum verum tree, which is native to Sri Lanka. It is a milder, sweeter and more delicate variety of cinnamon than cassia cinnamon, which has a stronger, more pungent flavor. Ceylon cinnamon is usually more expensive than cassia cinnamon, but it is considered to be of higher quality.
Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. Here are six health benefits of Ceylon cinnamon, backed by scientific research.
May lower blood sugar levels
Ceylon cinnamon has been shown to have a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels. In a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that cinnamon extract helped to reduce fasting blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Another study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that cinnamon supplementation improved glucose control in people with type 2 diabetes. The researchers concluded that cinnamon may be a useful addition to conventional diabetes treatment.
May lower cholesterol levels
Cinnamon has also been shown to have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. In a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine, researchers found that cinnamon supplementation led to a significant reduction in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes. Another study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that cinnamon supplementation improved lipid profiles in people with type 2 diabetes.
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