Ceylon Cinnamon

benefits of a ‘Wonder Spice’

Since ancient times, Sri Lanka has been known as a center of the spice trade. Cinnamon had been a favourite of traders through the ages. European and Arabic traders travelled and sailed long distances to acquire this valuable commodity from the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ Ceylan or Ceylon as it was known during the British rule during the 19th and 20th centuries.

There are two main varieties of Cinnamon in the market: Cassia Cinnamon which found in many countries such as China, India and Vietnam, and Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinamomum Zylanicum) which is native to Sri Lanka. Of the two varieties, Ceylon Cinnamon is considered to have better health benefits. Cinnamon sticks or ‘quills’, powder and oil are extracted from the bark of the tree. Both the powder and sticks are used to add taste to curries, cakes, desserts and other dishes. The powder is also used to make Cinnamon tea. Cinnamon oil is used for skin care and aromatherapy.

So now let us get to the actual benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon. What benefits does it give to the consumer other than enhancing the taste? Regular consumption of Ceylon Cinnamon reduces cholesterol. It also helps to balance blood sugar levels in the body. In addition, the presence of anti-oxidants helps to take care of ‘free-radicals’ which are a cause of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. It contains Cinnamaldehyde which is an anti-inflammatory agent, that helps to curb inflammation in various parts of the body. This makes it a very good supplement against arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. The beta-carotene in Ceylon Cinnamon helps to produce vitamin A which helps to maintain healthy vision. Manganese (for healthy bones), Vitamin K, Potassium and Zinc are some of the other valuable minerals that Ceylon Cinnamon provides the body.

Several studies have indicated that the above benefits are indeed a part of a diet that includes Ceylon Cinnamon. Whether it is adding this wonderful spice to your food, drinking Cinnamon tea or taking Cinnamon based supplements, it might well be worth your while to consider making Ceylon Cinnamon a part of your healthy lifestyle!


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