Cinnamon: let food be your medicine

Cinnamon: let food be your medicine

Are you also crazy about cinnamon? It seems you have to bake an apple pie with cinnamon if you want to sell your house and viewers come. The smell of cinnamon seems to make the house super attractive! Fortunately, cinnamon is not only tasty but also healthy for you. However, make sure that you buy the real cinnamon because most of the cinnamon on the market can even be a little harmful to you. Read here how you can see the difference.

The real. Ceylon cinnamon; a small cigar

To make cinnamon sticks, the inner bark of the cinnamon tree is removed. These pieces are left to dry, causing the bark to roll up and form a stick. These cinnamon trees are only found in the tropics. The real cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka, which used to be called Ceylon. That’s why it’s called Ceylon cinnamon.

It can also come from India, Indonesia or Madagascar. Ceylon cinnamon is the best cinnamon and you can recognize this by the fine structure of the bark. You see Ceylon cinnamon in the picture above, it looks like a small cigar. This cinnamon is the very best and this will be the cinnamon our grandmothers used in their apple pie. This cinnamon is more expensive, but I think it is the tastiest and it offers the most health benefits.

Cassia cinnamon; a rolled-up shelf

Cinnamon: let food be your medicine

However, most cinnamon sticks look like a rolled-up pieces of thick bark like the one on the left. The vast majority, 90%, of the cinnamon in the supermarket is Cassia cinnamon. This cinnamon usually comes from China, where it is produced in large quantities. The taste is much less in my opinion. If you’re wondering why your kitchen doesn’t smell as good as your grandmother’s after baking an apple pie, now you know why.

When people talk about the harmful effect of cinnamon, they are talking about Cassia cinnamon. Cassia contains quite a few coumarins, a substance that can be harmful to your liver. However, you have to invest quite a few teaspoons of cinnamon before you get close to the danger zone; this limit is approximately 15 teaspoons. So I wouldn’t worry about that unless you have liver problems. But do yourself a favor and buy the Ceylon cinnamon from now on because it is simply much tastier and healthier.

Ceylon cinnamon and your health

Let me first say that you should mainly use cinnamon because it is so tasty, so enjoy it. With that enjoyment, you already make an important contribution to your health. But cinnamon can also potentially address a number of health problems. “Let food be your medicine” certainly applies to something like cinnamon. It’s that close. Fantastic isn’t it?

Cinnamon may be able to give your health an extra boost, but if you really want to use cinnamon specifically to regulate your blood sugar, for example, or because you are insulin resistant or have diabetes, then don’t experiment with your jar of kitchen cinnamon yourself, but go to a good therapist. He/she can give you good advice and, if necessary, recommend good, concentrated quality cinnamon in capsules.

Better blood circulation in your digestive system

Cinnamon has traditionally been recommended for digestive and gastrointestinal complaints. The oil in cinnamon can promote blood flow to your digestive system and the production of digestive juices. Hence, the use of cinnamon often stimulates the appetite and can help against acid indigestion.

Increase your libido?

The possibly better blood flow does not stop at your digestive system, but can also end up in your vagina and ovaries. Cinnamon is therefore seen as an aphrodisiac or an aphrodisiac.

Regulating the effect on your blood sugar level

Cinnamon is better known for its regulating effect on your blood sugar level, thanks to the chromium it contains. Cinnamon can improve the absorption of glucose into your cells. In this way, it works a bit like your body’s own insulin.

Increases the insulin sensitivity of your cells

In addition to its insulin-like effect, cinnamon can also improve the insulin sensitivity of your cells. This would mean that you need less insulin. Adding cinnamon to something sweet can therefore help keep your blood sugar level a bit more stable.

Natural remedy for diarrhea

Cinnamon is a well-known naturopathic remedy for diarrhea.

The antifungal effect helps, among other things, with candida

Cinnamon is one of the most powerful spices with an anti-fungal effect. The substance present in the cinnamon oil can help with candida Albicans, but also other candida species.

Anti-bacterial effect against Helicobacter pylori, among others

Cinnamon is also known for its powerful antibacterial effect and can be used against Helicobacter Pylori, but also other bacteria such as salmonella Typhimurium and staphylococcus aureus. But you can of course also try it with a common cold or bad breath.

A powerful antioxidant

Cinnamon: let food be your medicine

We need plenty of antioxidants in our body to prevent damage from free radicals. They are important to prevent aging! On the ORAC scale of antioxidants, cinnamon ranks third, indicating that it is a powerful antioxidant.

Can improve your concentration

Everything that is healthy for your stomach and intestines is also healthy for your brain. It is therefore not surprising that cinnamon can calm you down on the one hand, but it can also improve your concentration on the other. The substance magnesium is probably responsible for this.

Lowers cholesterol

Several studies have shown that a little cinnamon can lower your cholesterol considerably. Even now: try it out. A little cinnamon won’t hurt you.

Is rich in minerals

Cinnamon contains some important minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, and manganese. But also vitamins A, B1, B2, and C.

Honey with cinnamon may be a pain reliever in osteoarthritis

Many studies look at the effect of cinnamon mixed with honey. A study from the University of Copenhagen found that honey with cinnamon was able to relieve the pain participants had due to osteoarthritis. Do use cold-swept honey if you would like to try this and realize that sugars actually make osteoarthritis worse.

Where can you find Ceylon cinnamon powder?

Cinnamon: let food be your medicine

Hopefully now you at least want to try the Ceylon cinnamon. If only to sniff this scent out of nostalgia. You now know what to look for with the cinnamon sticks, but how do you know whether the powder is really Ceylon cinnamon? If it doesn’t specifically say Ceylon, assume it’s Cassia. The producers who supply Ceylon cinnamon put it specifically on it.

My grandmother’s tip in case you still make old-fashioned filter coffee: sprinkle a little cinnamon over the dry coffee and your coffee will have a light cinnamon scent. You must like the cinnamon of course!


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