Cinnamon – Ingredient Spotlight

Scientific Name:ย Cinnamomum verum
Alternative Names:ย Ceylon cinnamon, Cinnamon bark

Cinnamon is the aromatic spice that always reminds me of Christmas!๐ŸŽ„ Itโ€™s an extremely flavourful ingredient with its sweet, yet spicy-hot fragrance.โฃ Cinnamon extracts from the bark have actually been used in traditional medicineย for thousands of years. It used to be rare and valuable, and even used as gifts for kings.

There are two types of Cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon (aka ‘true cinnamon’), and Cassia cinnamon, which is the cheaper alternative. Ceylon comes from Sri Lanka, while Cassia originates from from southern China.ย 
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One of the most important active ingredients in cinnamon is ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ก๐ฒ๐๐ž โ€“ itโ€™s this that is responsible for cinnamonโ€™s health benefits.โฃ
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We use this ingredient in three of our products โ€“ theย ๐€๐ง๐ญ๐ข-๐ˆ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ,ย ๐€๐ง๐ญ๐ข-๐€๐ง๐ฑ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ,ย &ย ๐Œ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ.โฃ
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There are many reasons for this:
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Firstly, cinnamon has ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ฑ๐ข๐๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ. These have ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข-๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ effects which help lower your risk of disease.

Plus, cinnamon can help improve some key risk factors for heart disease including ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ, ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐žโฃ ๐ŸŒก

Other Amazing Benefits of Cinnamon:

  • It has a potentย ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข-๐๐ข๐š๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญย and quickly reduces fasting blood sugar levels. It has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream. For this you only need ๐Ÿถ.๐Ÿป-๐Ÿธ ๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ!โฃ
  • Some studies indicate that cinnamon may have ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซโฃ
  • Plus, it may help reduce infections and ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐š๐ ๐›๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก (due to its fungal and antibacterial properties)โฃ ๐Ÿฆท

Vitamins & Minerals

Just one teaspoon (around 2 grams) of cinnamon contains:

  • Calcium:ย 26.1 mg
  • Iron:ย 0.21 mg
  • Magnesium:ย 1.56 mg
  • Phosphorus:ย 1.66 mg
  • Potassium:ย 11.2 mg
  • Vitaminย A:ย 0.39 mcg

Cinnamon Side Effects

Too much cinnamon can do more harm than good. This is because cinnamon contains ‘coumarin’, which plays a role in creating warfarin, the common blood-thinning drug. Consuming too much coumarin can lead to liver damage. If you have a liver condition, are diabetic, or take other drugs, speak to your doctor first to be safe.

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