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What is Cinnamon?
Cinnamon is a common spice used in every kitchen across the globe. Its unlikely to have not heard about the delicious flavor of cinnamon. And who doesnt love cinnamon rolls?
While most of us relate cinnamon with a delicious flavor and strong aroma, few of us know that this wonder spice has medicinal effects as well. This spice has been used for thousands of years as a medicine, as a food preservative, and as a means to enhance the taste of food. Few suggest that it dates to ancient Egypt in 2000 BC. There is evidence that it was used in the Biblical era as well.
It is widely used because of its health benefits and high antioxidant content. It gets the distinct smell and taste of the tree it grows from.
The Cinnamon we use is the bark of Cinnamomum tree. This bark has many compounds which give it medicinal properties. When branches of the Cinnamomum tree are cut, the inner bark is extracted after removing the woody parts; this inner bark gives us cinnamon. Upon drying, the strips roll to give the shape we see.
Can the real Cinnamon stand-up?
There are four main types of Cinnamon and Ceylon Cinnamon is the most elusive because 90% of world production comes from one small island nation called Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
• Ceylon–mainly grown in Sri Lanka and is also called Ture Cinnamon orCinnamomum Verum which translates in Latin to True Cinnamon.
• Cassia–mainlygrown in China and called Cinnamomum Aromatic which translate in Latin to having a pleasant and distinctive smell.
• Saigon– mainly grown in Vietnam and called Cinnamomum Loureiroi the species is named after the botanist João de Loureiro.
• Korintje–mainly grown in Indonesia and called Cinnamomum Burmannii is the type of Cinnamon mainly sold in the United States.
Why Ceylon Cinnamon?
More and more consumers are switching to Ceylon Cinnamon due to the ultra-low coumarin content. Coumarin is a natural substance contained in many plants. It is contained in relatively high concentrations in varieties of cinnamon collectively known as “Cassia cinnamon”
Cassia Cinnamon has 5% coumarin or 1200 time more coumarin than Ceylon Cinnamon’s 0.004% coumarin content.
Types of Cinnamon
Although there are hundreds of varieties, only two main varieties are maily used for the day-to-day purpose. Ceylon Cinnamon is also is known as the safest and also called true or real cinnamon. Cassia Cinnamon is its more prevalent form and the one we normally use in a US household is cassia cinnamon.
The original producer of this type of Cinnamon is Sri Lanka, also known as Ceylon (so the name, Ceylon Cinnamon). European countries and South America are the main consumers, and it’s also used widely in some parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. It is sweet and mild in taste and light in color besides being more expensive than its peers. It is also preferred over other varieties by health observers and many conventional doctors. The reason is low levels of coumarin since a high-level is harmful to the liver. If you are wondering where to buy Ceylon cinnamon from, your search ends here. We ship real cinnamon within days of harvest right from Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Explore our store here.
Cassia Cinnamon (Chinese Cinnamon)
It is also known as Chinese Cinnamon. It comes from China, Indonesia and Vietnam. It is hot and chewing inflames your mouth. Some people call it a fake cinnamon. However, the main problem is high level of Coumarin, almost 1200 times of the real herb. Such high levels of Coumarin are considered as harmful for liver in sensitive individuals. This is the main reasons more and more consumers are switching to Ceylon Cinnamon.
How to Identify Real Cinnamon?
The below table will provide you with the required visual information to identify Ceylon Cinnamon from other varieties of Cinnamon. However, this wold only be helpful if you buy the product in stick form. Once the product is ground it is almost impossible to differentiate between the two products.
|Colour||Light Brown||Dark Brown|
|Outer appearance||Thin and soft||Thick and hard|
|Inner filling||Filled like a cigar||Hollow tube|
|Taste||Sweet with a hint of citrus||Flat|
|Grown in||Ceylon (Sri Lanka)||China, Vietnam, Indonesia|
|Other Names||Real or Sweet Cinnamon||Saigon Cinnamon|
|Species||Cinnamomum Verum or Zeylanicum (Latin name for Ceylon)||Cinnamomum Cassia|
Health Benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon
There are many uses of cinnamon while the primary benefit is its contribution to better overall health. It is a spice which is high in antioxidants which slow down the aging process. The researchers have found more than forty compounds which are good for health in cinnamon. The antioxidants found in it are mainly polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids. These compounds fight with aging causing oxidants.
It reduces several most common risk factors for heart disease. They include high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The compounds in it reduce the levels of cholesterol that is “bad” and stabilizes the levels of cholesterol that is “good.” It also acts as a blood coagulant, which prevents bleeding and helps the body to form clots.
Has an Anti-Diabetic Effect
It helps in lowering the levels of blood sugar and also helps regulate insulin levels. It plays an important part in blocking alanine. It is the enzyme which is responsible for glucose absorption in the blood. When this enzyme is blocked, it decreases the amount of glucose that enters the blood.
Thus people affected with Type-2 diabetes can benefit from consumption of cinnamon half an hour before meals. It is also good for them as it helps in fighting cholesterol levels and reduces heart risks.
Reduces Cancer Risk
Thanks to cinnamaldehyde, it is capable of inhibiting the cancer tumor growth and protects DNA from getting damaged. Because of its antioxidant abilities, it can be seen as nature’s gift against cancer.
Protects Against Viruses and Infections
It has proven results in fighting fungal, bacterial, and viral elements in food. Especially, the cinnamon bark oils have protective abilities against bacteria that can harm the digestive tract.
Looking For Real Ceylon Cinnamon?
Dru Era Ceylon Cinnamon has been marketing Ceylon Cinnamon products worldwide since 2005. We do not hold stocks overseas nor market our products through third parties. Please place order online If you wish to buy genuine unadulterated Ceylon Cinnamon products which could be used for up to 2 years from purchase.
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