The Amazing Benefits of Cinnamon
There are a growing number of scientific studies supporting cinnamon's numerous health benefits. Cinnamon has been shown to improve glucose metabolism, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation and serve as a potent free-radical scavenger. Most of the research published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine has focused on cinnamon's ability to lower blood sugar levels. Researchers have identified compounds in cinnamon that increase insulin sensitivity. Click on the links below to read information published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
"Yes, it does work," says Paul Davis, a research nutritionist with the University of California Davis. He authored a recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of Medicinal Food that concluded cinnamon lowers fasting blood glucose. Experts recommend Ceylon cinnamon over cassia. Read Full Article
Spices are the richest known source of antioxidants, based on ORAC value, and cinnamon is ranked among the top! The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) assessment was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture to measure the ability of a substance to disarm harmful free radicals in cells. Free radical damage within cells has been linked to many disorders. Antioxidants have been shown to prevent damage to cells caused by harmful free radicals.
SOURCE: Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods – 2007. Nutrient Data Laboratory USDA, November 2007.
|Cinnamon Powder||1 tsp.||6,956|
|Pomegranate Juice||8 oz.||5,853|
Safe Coumarin Levels
Coumarin is a natural plant compound that can be harmful to the liver in high concentrations. Pure Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) contains hardly any coumarin (2-5 ppm), but Chinese cinnamon (cassia) is known to contain high levels (2,000-5,000 ppm). The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has recommended that if you frequently consume large quantities of cinnamon, you should opt for the low-coumarin Ceylon cinnamon. BfR is the scientific agency of the Federal Republic of Germany which is responsible for preparing expert reports and opinions on food safety. BfR reports to the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. Read Full Article
Botanical Name: Cinnamomum verum (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Common Names: Ceylon Cinnamon, True Cinnamon, Real Cinnamon, Sri Lanka Cinnamon