Did you know there are actually different types of cinnamon? Cassia is the most common, cheaper type, while Ceylon is the more luxurious, expensive and believed to have more health benefits than the common Cassia.
Ceylon is also known as ‘’true cinnamon’’ and it’s native to see parts of India and Sri Lanka & still seen as a luxurious spice.
Both Ceylon and Cassia have been actually studied for their health properties with some differences:
- Cassia is a very rich source of the toxin Coumarin ⚠️ having the ability to cause cancer, kidney, liver, and lung damage.
- Ceylon contains 250% less Coumarin than Cassia. So low, it is undetectable. If you consume cinnamon every day it’s extremely important to switch to Ceylon type, as already 1-2 teaspoons could mean toxic levels‼️
- One of the top 7 foods highest in antioxidants, incl. polyphenols, phenolic acid that fight oxidation in the body.
- Relieves inflammation via its flavonoids, henceforth has the power of treating pain (f.e. menstrual pain or muscle soreness).
- Is a blood coagulant, hence protects your heart, reducing the high blood pressure and promoting blood circulation (helpful for regenerating tissue).
- Stabilises blood sugar improving the sensitivity to the hormone insulin while blocking the activity for several digestive enzymes to slow the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream (after a high-carb meal, f.e.). Makes a perfect effective supplement to diabetics.
- Protects neurone against oxidative stress thanks to antioxidants, reducing the risk of inflammation and cell damage, hence preventing cognitive decline.
- May protect against DNA damage, cell mutation and cancerous tumour growth thanks to cinnamaldehyde. More studies are conducted nowadays to investigate this!
- Can protect against infections and viruses as it has antimicrobial, antibiotic, anti fungal and antiviral properties.
- Benefits oral hygiene, protecting against certain bacteria (bad breath) and tooth decay, cavities and infections.