Cinnamon grows in the form of a small tree and is found most commonly across South Asia and the Middle East. It is the bark portion of the tree available in sticks or powder that people use for a variety of reasons. The most common types of cinnamon used for cooking and health purposes are Ceylon and Cassia.
Cinnamon is an anti-oxidant, while its oil has anti-bacterial properties and it also acts as an anti-fungals. It is a good source of manganese, fiber, iron and calcium.
Cinnamon is an effective home remedy for some ailments like:
- High blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Digestive disorder
- Common cold
- Tooth aches
- Bad breath
- Headaches and migraines
- Bad cholesterol
- Immune system complication
- Skin infection
Some studies conducted in Europe have found out that the cinnamon procured from the Cassia plant has a toxic substance. This substance is known as Coumarin. This toxin can cause damage to the liver and kidney when consumed in high amounts. Most of the powdered cinnamon that is available is from the Cassia plant. Hence, people should not consume large quantities of powdered cinnamon or cinnamon that is from the Cassia plant.
Cinnamon also works as a blood coagulant. However, it should not be consumed when you are taking blood thinning medications like aspirin. In addition, pregnant women are advised not to consume too much cinnamon as it will adversely affect the uterus during labor.
Ceylon cinnamon is of a better quality compared to Cassia cinnamon, and hence, it is more expensive. Also, the stick type of cinnamon is usually the Ceylon cinnamon, which a bit sweeter than the Cassia cinnamon.
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