The internet is awry with the many benefits of different foods, but one which is only just beginning to get the recognition it deserves is cinnamon. This spice is commonly used in cooking due to its great taste, however there is more than meets the eye with cinnamon…
There are two main types of cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is the most common type you find readily available in most supermarkets, and ceylon cinnamon. As Cardiffsportsnutrition.co.uk explain on their blog, “Ceylon cinnamon, although harder to get hold of and more expensive, is the preferred source for use as a health supplement. This is due to ceylon cinnamon containing considerably less coumarin than cassia, a compound that has been found to be toxic to the liver and kidneys if taken in sufficient amounts.”
It was back in 2010 when Tim Ferriss published his book The 4-Hour Body, that the benefits of cinnamon were highlighted. In his book, he explains cinnamon is the ideal spice to have before a food binge. So, before you go for that take out, have a coffee with a teaspoon of cinnamon, for example. This way if you are drinking cassia cinnamon you drink the soluable stuff, and take in less coumarin.
The reason Tim Ferriss states the use of cinnamon is ideal before a food binge, is due to the fact cinnamon can inhibit the effect of numerous digestive enzymes This reduces the speed carbohydrates are digested and decreases uptake of glucose in the blood stream.
There are numerous studies to back up the benefits, many of which show cinnamon has the ability to control effects of pro-diabetic diets. Added to this, it’s full of antioxidants. Cinnamon actually has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants and polyphenols, which helps to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals that result from arduous exercise. Research has also discovered that cinnamaldehyde, the main active compound in cinnamon, exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties.
It doesn’t stop there, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine cinnamon can also help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhoea, infections, and the common cold. It can also reduce the build up of tooth decay and bad breath!
This article was written by Anna Morrish, freelance writer and founder of Quibble Content.