Health Benefits

Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels & Helps Reduce Inflammation
There are a growing number of scientific studies supporting cinnamon's ability to improve glucose metabolism, lower cholesterol, and reduce joint pain. 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 by activating enzymes that stimulate insulin receptors. Click to learn more from the USDA and National Library of Medicine.   
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 "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 

Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels

An updated meta-analysis concludes that "cinnamon consumption is associated with a statistically significant decrease in levels of fasting plasma glucose, total cholesterol, LDL-C, and triglyceride levels, and an increase in HDL-C levels."   

May Halt Progression of Parkinson's  

Nurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that using cinnamon can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson's disease (PD). The results of the study were recently published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.
  “This could potentially be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson’s patients.”  “Although two types of cinnamon are metabolized into sodium benzoate, by mass spectrometric analysis, we have seen that Ceylon cinnamon is much more pure than Chinese cinnamon as the latter contains coumarin, a hepatotoxic molecule,” said Pahan. Read Full Article

Super Antioxidant

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  Serving Size           ORAC        
  Cinnamon Powder 1 tsp.    6,956
  Pomegranate Juice 8 oz.    5,853
  Blueberries 1/2 cup    4,848




SOURCE: Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods – 2007. Nutrient Data Laboratory USDA, November 2007.


Safe Coumarin Levels
Coumarin is a natural plant compound that can be harmful to the liver and kidneys in high concentrations. 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