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8 Surprising Facts About Cinnamon

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8 Surprising Facts About Cinnamon

Cinnamon* has long been enjoyed both as a culinary spice and natural medicine.

*It is important to note that that the common type of cinnamon sold in grocery stores is not “true cinnamon” Ceylon cinnamon, which is the cinnamon referred to in most health studies. This is important because the type of cinnamon sold in most grocery stores Cassia cinnamon, could potentially have negative rather than positive effects on your health, if consumed in large amounts. For more information on the differences between Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon see end note.

Health benefits of Cinnamon:

Nutritional:

Anti-Clotting: Cinnamaldehyde (a volatile/essential) oil in cinnamon may help stop blood from clotting unnecessarily. According to whfoods.com, cinnamon accomplishes this, “by inhibiting the release of an inflammatory fatty acid called arachidonic acid from platelet membranes and reducing the formation of an inflammatory messaging molecule called thromboxane A2.)”

This same property (inhibiting the release of arachidonic acid) makes cinnamon a natural anti-inflammatory.

Anti-Microbial: The essential oils in cinnamon are also “anti-microbial” and have been shown to stop many types of fungal and bacterial growth.

“Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties are so effective that recent research demonstrates this spice can be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives.” whfoods.com

Blood Sugar Control: Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant and also may help to control blood sugar on many levels, which helps

  1. slow the rate at which the stomach empties after meals.
  2. improve insulin response in people with Type 2 Diabetes.

As little as one gram of cinnamon a day has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol, in individuals with diabetes. According to whfoods.com, cinnamon will help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 disease.

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9:45AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Great! Thank you for sharing :)

12:47PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Love the taste of cinnamon.. Sprinkle it on pancakes mmmmm and also on my weetabix..

3:58PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Thanks for these tips. Cinnamon also kills ants. Just sprinkle it around your kitchen.

7:20AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Thank you also to you, George B! I am running to get those capsules... for in case.. will it make me young again? LOLLOL

5:28AM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Thanks.

9:02AM PST on Jan 6, 2014

Nature finds a way ... Thank you for sharing.

5:54AM PST on Dec 19, 2013

I just love cinnamon.... ty

7:11PM PST on Nov 19, 2013

I just know I love cinnamon....

1:22PM PST on Nov 18, 2013

Ok

8:50AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

And it's delicious!

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