Ceylon Cinnamon Health Benefits
Ceylon cinnamon health benefits are derived from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum verum tree. While there are several kinds of cinnamon trees, the cinnamonum verum (Ceylon) tree is considered to be “true” cinnamon. As a low carb, aromatic, and flavorful spice, cinnamon can be used in a variety of low carb tea drinks and foods.
As the seasons change, our taste and preference often change to wanting feel-good, warming low carb teas. In fact, this “health benefits” post is a continuation of the series: Chai Latte Health Benefits.
There are many Ceylon cinnamon health benefits to share with you. While the different health benefits of cinnamon are essentially the same, all cinnamon is not the same. Therefore, I chose to write about Ceylon cinnamon health benefits for a specific reason (#1 below).
1. Can help thin blood
Cinnamon is a very effective natural blood thinner. Cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon both contain a medicinal substance called coumarin. However, Cassia is much higher in coumarin than “true” Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is the most popular kind of cinnamon used and sold because it is cheaper. However, in large doses, coumarin can cause liver damage. Therefore, to be safe, I use and recommend Organic Ceylon cinnamon.
The European Food Safety Authority indicate that the tolerable daily intake limit of Cassia Cinnamon is 0.1mg/kg of your total body weight. One kilogram equals 2.205 pounds. Therefore, divide your weight in pounds by 2 to determine your tolerable daily intake. This data is under the assumption that you are not taking any blood thinners.
2. Helps control blood sugar
One of the most well-known Ceylon cinnamon health benefits is its ability to lower blood sugar levels. Studies show that cinnamon acts in two ways. First, it can help increase your insulin sensitivity (decrease insulin resistance). And secondly, studies have shown that cinnamon can mimic the effects of insulin – the hormone that removes sugar from the blood. Therefore, if you are taking medicine to lower your blood sugar, adding cinnamon will lower it even more. Keep in mind that if your blood sugar level gets too low, dizziness and fainting can occur.
3. Pleasant tasting sugar substitute
Ceylon cinnamon has a sweeter and less bitter flavor than cassia. Because of this, it can be a nice-tasting and healthy sugar substitute for anyone on a low carb diet. As an aromatic sweetener, less sugar can be used to satisfy your low carb munchies. However, Ceylon cinnamon powder health benefits go beyond sugar-related benefits.
4. Potent Antioxidant
Ceylon cinnamon health benefits include it being a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants help reduce the signs and effects of aging. Most low carb teas are antioxidants. However, cinnamon seems to be in a league of its own. According to Healthline, cinnamon outranked superfoods like garlic and oregano in antioxidants.
5. Serves as an anti-microbial agent
As a fragrant spice, Ceylon cinnamon is an excellent antimicrobial agent. Because of this, it is a very effective food preservative! Before salt became the popular “go to” preservative, cinnamon was and is used to preserve foods. One study shows that a cinnamon-based wax paper inhibited bread mold growth by 96% for up to 10 days.
6. Antifungal properties
Clearly, one of Ceylon cinnamon health benefits is that it is a potent antimicrobial. However, keep in mind that a microbe includes fungus, bacteria, and viruses. Therefore, if you are on a low carb diet to help remedy candida overgrowth or leaky gut syndrome, Ceylon cinnamon can be a wonderful addition to your low carb diet plan. It can destroy both fungus and bacteria, so you are in a win-win situation with Ceylon cinnamon.
7. Improves blood lipid profiles
Another health benefit of cinnamon is reduced risk of heart disease. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, taking 120 mg of cinnamon per day is linked with reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL). However, your total body weight must be considered. Some animal studies indicate that cinnamon can help reduce blood pressure as well.
8. Serves as an anti-inflammatory
Inflammation promotes infection and tissue damage, especially when it is chronic. A low carb diet helps reduce inflammation. However, studies show that Ceylon cinnamon health benefits include it being a potent anti-inflammatory. As an anti-inflammatory, cinnamon can help protect us against various forms of cardiovascular and coronary artery disease.
Ceylon cinnamon makes a wonderful addition to any low carb chai latte recipe. However, cinnamon is more that just a great smelling and tasting low carb spice. So, I hope you enjoy capturing some Ceylon cinnamon health benefits this fall and winter.