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Cinnamon: 6 benefits for your health

Cinnamon: 6 benefits for your health

Mireia Cervera 19 July 2016

Cinnamon, that species with an intense and unmistakable aroma that transports you to the desserts of your childhood ... delicious! In addition to its great taste, it is also famous for its nutritional properties - you want to know why? Find out in this postall the secrets about this popular seasoning.

Its name derives from the Latin term cannella , diminutive of canna (cane), due to its presentation in the form of a cinnamon stick. It is originalthe island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), so in the West was also called Ceylon cinnamon or cinnamon from China. This ancient spice was also widely used in the culture of ancient Egipt and by the Phoenicians and Greek philosophers. Hippocrates describes it as a remedy for sadness.

It is one of the basic spices, obtained from the second fermented bark of the branches of the cinnamon or cinnamon tree, characterized by its yellowish - red color and sweet taste aromatic, slightly spicy and woodsy. existseveral types of plants of this spice, the two most popular are: true or Ceylan cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) or Cassia (Cinnamomum aromaticum). The main difference between them is in their price - the de Ceylan is considerably more expensive -. Although it is also important to emphasize that Cassia contains a higher concentration of coumarin , a compound that ingested in large doses and continuously is harmful. Both the appearance andthe taste is quite similar and, therefore, there is a risk that they will give you a pig for a hare, or rather, cassia for cinnamon .

Here are the 6 most notable benefits for your health.
Increases defenses, is digestive and balances hormones.

Among the benefits that the consumption of this spice offers us we find its ability to promote the correct digestion of food andrelieve intestinal discomfort, as well as flatulence and abdominal distensions ( 1 ,ue = 5; spage = 1; epage = 6; aulast = Kawatra "> 2). On the other hand, its protective function against many types of health is highly appreciated.

The 6 most powerful protections that cinnamon offers us:

1. Antilipemic
Several studies in animals, and even in humans, show that the active components of cinnamon reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levelsl in the blood, while increasing the level of good cholesterol (HDL). This makes this spice a very good condiment for cardiovascular health. ANDIf we consume it together with olive oil , we enhance its effects even more.

2. Antidiabetic
Diabetes is one of the most common causes ofdeath in civilized countries. The scientific community has long spoken of cinnamon as one of the essential condiments for people with pre-diabetes and diabetes of both types. There are quite a few clinical studies (youstates in people), where it is very clear that cinnamon reduces glucose levels and improves insulin sensitivity very efficiently.

3. Antioxidant
Cinnamon occupiesfourth on the list of foods with the most antioxidant power. Add a pinch every day to your breakfasts and fight the action of free radicals.

4. Anti-inflammatory
Cinnamon , due to its antioxidant capacities, automatically becomes an anti-inflammatory superfood. It has showncinnamon reduces the levels of pro-inflammatory factors such as NF-KB, COX2 and others ( 2 ).

5. Antimicrobial
For thousands of yearshe spices are used as a natural antiseptic to disinfect food (possibly this is the reason why the gastronomy of warmer countries is so spicy). Cinnamon is one of the spices with the most propdisinfectant properties. Specifically, cinnamaldehyde is the component responsible for its antimicrobial properties.

6. Anticancer
Various studies on the properties of cinnamon have shown various mecanisms at the cellular level, through which it helps fight cancer ( 1 ):

  • induces apoptosis (cell death) of tumor cells, especially in leukemia.
  • decreases the levels of structural components of tumor cells.
  • inhibits tumor growth.
  • increases tumor-fighting factors (tumor necrosis factor - TNF).
  • decreasenuye cancer growth promoting agents (NF-KB)
  • inhibits the formation of blood vessels in tumors.


Now you know everything about cinnamon. If you are one of the few people who does not have cinnamon seasoned with cinnamon and other equally healthy and delicious spices: Miss Avena Hazelnut Meringue ,.com/plant-based-mylks/36-coco-masalachai.html"> Coco Masalachai the Golden Mylk .

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale