Health Benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum/ Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is usually known as “true cinnamon” and it comes mainly from Sri Lanka. It should be distinguished from cassia, which is designated as “Chinese cinnamon”, “Korintje cinnamon” or “Saigon cinnamon”. Cassia mostly comes from China, Indonesia and Vietnam. The true Ceylon cinnamon is rare and more expensive, blown in color and has a sweet scent.
Ceylon cinnamon is an ancient and popular spice, which had been used for many years both for its medicinal and flavoring qualities. In early Egypt, it was used to cover body cavities of dead people as an embalming agent. In early Rome, it was valuable so valuable the Emperor Nero burned it on his wife’s burial to show his devotion to her.
This spice is an excellent source of minerals such as manganese and copper. These minerals are important enzyme activators. Activation of enzyme facilitates healthy bones and enhances physiological processes such as fat and carbohydrates metabolism.
Ceylon cinnamon is source of dietary fiber, calcium and iron. The combination of fiber and calcium is helpful in reducing cholesterol levels and lowering risk of colon cancer. Ceylon cinnamon reduces the risk that is associated with cardiovascular disease. Studies conducted by USDA in 2003 showed that eating Ceylon cinnamon does not only reduce blood sugar levers but also reduce cholesterol in the body.
Study shows that cinnamon intake can effectively lower blood sugar level. It has been shown that the herb can normalize blood sugar level by enhancing the insulin activity. It lowers the blood sugar levels by slowing the rate at which food leaves the stomach after eating. It is believed that intake of teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon can slow the rate at which food leaves the stomach from 37 percent to 34.4 percent. Consequently, this can significantly slow the rise in blood sugar in the body.
Most research has been carried out to determine whether Cinnamomum verum has any effects on blood clotting. The results of such study shows that Ceylon supports and help blood clotting. It works closely with blood platelets that contribute to blood clotting. In supporting the platelets, it prevents them from clumping. It is very effective as an anti-coagulant that people taking prescription blood thinner cannot take Ceylon cinnamon in concentrated form such as extracts or supplements.
Cinnamon is also used to fight fungus and Bactria. Ayurvedic medicine uses Ceylon cinnamon for its quality such as anti-microbial. It has been proven that the herb support the immune system and keeps flu and colds away. It helps to stop the growth of fungus and bacterial. One study revealed that Ceylon cinnamon when used as food preservative, it can control food-borne pathogens more than chemical food preservatives.
If you want you want to boast your memory and protect your brain, then Ceylon cinnamon is good for you. Smelling the Ceylon spice or chewing Ceylon cinnamon flavored gum has been found to enhance brain activity. In his presentation at 2004 conference of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, Florida Dr. P. Zoladz stated that cinnamon improves cognitive processing. It enhances subject scores associated with attention, visual-motor speed and memory when working at a computer.
According to a study that was carried out in 2004, Ceylon cinnamon have a role in reducing chronic inflammation that cause various neurodegenerative ailments such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumor, meningitis and multiple sclerosis.
Ceylon cinnamon is also known in improving digestion. In traditional medicine, Cinnamon has been used for nausea, flatulence and diarrhea. It is also believed that it improves body’s ability to digest milk, fruit and other types of food.