Cinnamon is one of the sweetest spices in the world and has been a favorite ingredient since antiquity until today. Its taste gives sweetness and warmth to food, tea and many sweets, while in India it is a basic spice of tea.
Cinnamon is found in parts of Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean. Indonesian cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) comes from the cinnamon tree that grows in Sumatra, Indonesia. Its color is darker brown compared to Ceylon cinnamon and its taste leaves a stronger sweetness. Combines with cloves, cardamom, coriander and nutmeg.
- Antioxidant action. Cinnamon contains antioxidants, such as polyphenols, which fight the damage done by free radicals in the body.
- Fights inflammation. It has a strong action against inflammation, whether it is temporary or chronic.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease. It lowers cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while HDL cholesterol remains stable.
- Reduces insulin sensitivity in the body, allowing the hormone to act and lower blood sugar levels.
- It lowers sugar and has anti-diabetic action.
- Cinnamon is thought to be beneficial in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
- It may protect against cancer as it can activate antioxidant enzymes and prevent the further growth of cancerous tumors.
- It has antibacterial action, fights respiratory infections and prevents the growth of bacteria.
Caution! Do not consume during pregnancy. In very large quantities it can become toxic to the liver.