Cinnamon Powder Benefits

Have you ever had a cinnamon roll with a coffee at the end of a long day? Does that sensation able to mesmerize you and make you think “How good it is to be alive?” If you ever had this combination and if you are a cinnamon lover, you know the feeling I’m talking about. This will be unfolding to tell you the story of this great ingredient – Cinnamon powder.

Cinnamon is a famous flavoring agent which you will not notice its taste in many dishes but without it, the sophisticated mildness of taste is lost. For this reason, it is one of the main ingredients in European and Arab recipes. This spice was introduced to Europe by Arabian traders, and they have kept the real source of this ingredient as a secret for centuries. Not only did they keep it hidden, they also made magical stories as a cover-up. During the Middle Ages, cinnamon was more of a luxury than a mere commodity, the possession of which showed the status in the society. After many more years, they found that high quality variety of this spice comes from a country called Ceylon, today Sri Lanka where it is an endemic plant.

In the commercial market, there are two types of cinnamon, namely Ceylon and Cassia. Cassia is cheaper compared to the Ceylon variety which is considered as the “True Cinnamon”. Ceylon variety has a milder taste and a strong aroma compared to the cassia. The main danger of choosing the cheaper version is it contains a high amount of toxic named coumarin which is harmful to liver in large dosages.

True cinnamon contains a traceable amount of coumarin. Some casia varieties contain 1200 times more coumarin content than true cinnamon.  In 2006, Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has warned against regular usage of cassia, due to its higher coumarin content.

Many research findings have recommended Ceylon cinnamon over cassia . Fragile inner bark of the cinnamomum tree is separated from the sticks with care and dried for about a week. Dried bark is arranged as a stick which is also known as quills. Once the dried it is grounded we get powder with a consistent texture. This also called as ‘ground cinnamon’. So mainly cinnamon is having three forms when it comes to the market, quills, powder and oil.

Cinnamon powder benefits

Cinnamon quills are used like a backstage crew member. You know they are there but you don’t see them. Quills are used in dishes to add flavor but sometimes removed from the dishes before serving. Ground cinnamon, on the other hand stays with the dish until very end. Once you get to know the wonders of this magic ingredient you will want it, so it can stay in your dish.

Therefor cinnamon powder is mainly popular in recipes due to its unique flavor and aroma. The story of benefits of this ingredient does not end there. When digging to the scientific facts, you may find many research findings on health and beauty benefits of it.

Benefits for diabetes

Cinnamon and type two diabetes are two closely related topics. According to the American Diabetes Association, consuming 1-6g of cinnamon per day reduces the serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. This was proven by considering sixty individuals with type II diabetes. Cinnamon is also known to be a quick fixer for high insulin levels in the blood by carbohydrates consumption. Therefor this can instantly counterbalance the sugar levels in the blood due to consumption of junk foods.

Benefits for weight loss

Obesity is one of the burning problems in the world and the answer to this problem may well be sitting on your shelf. Yes, cinnamon can do wonders in weight loss as well. According to scientists, the primary reason for obesity is the insulin resistance. Insulin is the hormone that regulates the blood glucose level. When the body becomes insulin resistant, the glucose level in blood rises leading to fat accumulation in the body or obesity. Polyphenols in cinnamon are able to improve the insulin sensitivity, so the glucose level in the blood is regulated properly without fat accumulation. This increases the metabolism of glucose by 20%. For weight loss also previously recommended dosage is adequate.

Cinnamon powder for skin

Although cinnamon is renowned for its health benefits, it is rarely known for its beauty benefits. It is a remedy for skin problems when it is blended with other ingredients, combination with lime is used to form a scrub that removes the blackheads. Cinnamon and honey play a vital key role in beauty as well. This mixture is used to cure skin infections like dandruff, tinea, eczema, ringworm and psoriasis. Ground cinnamon is also used in antiaging treatments. Antioxident and antiflammatory properties of cinnamon are also used in skin treatment.

Consuming cinnamon helps to have proper blood circulation in the body which in return leads to have a clear glowing skin. If the skin is dry, try applying it with sea salt, almond oil and honey. This combination has the power to moisturize and enrich the skin. Adding some cinnamon to the foot bath will smooth your feet.

Hair loss is a common problem that we all face without a gender difference. Applying cinnamon as a mask to hair has given impressive results. This fact is not scientifically backed, but from user experience. Although there are no proper research done in this area it is clear from the facts available that cinnamon is a remedy for hair loss problem.

One of the main reasons for hair loss is microbial or fungal infections. Chemicals compounds of cinnamaldehyde and eugenol in cinnamon possess the ability to fight microbes and fungi. So, according to facts also cinnamon has an effect on hair loss prevention.

Following are the benefits of cinnamon for hair.

  • Choline –moisturizes the scalp
  • Vitamin PP– returns natural shine to hair
  • Vitamin K –a beneficial effect on the scalp, strengthens blood vessels
  • Vitamin E –regenerates skin cells
  • Beta-carotene –prevents hair loss
  • Vitamin A –helps to restore split ends
  • Vitamin B1 – has a calming effect on the scalp, reduces inflammation and irritation
  • Vitamin B2 –activates blood circulation, thus stimulate hair growth
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid)– protects from ultraviolet radiation, high temperatures
  • Vitamin B6 –removes dandruff
  • Vitamin C –provide hair with healthy shine

Cinnamon and honey

Cinnamon and honey are a unique combination used in weight loss recipes. When honey is added, it refines the combination with its qualities of,

  • Suppressing psychological food craving need
  • Boosting metabolism in the body
  • Glycemic index value is healthier than sugar, allowing honey to be absorbed by body slowly without creating sugar rush.
  • Contains healthy enzymes and antioxidants
  • Loaded with vitamins and minerals that help to increase the energy levels in the body.

When the qualities of cinnamon and honey get together, it activates many positive changes in body. It is obvious that this combination is not only good for weight loss, for any individual interested in a healthy life, adding cinnamon and honey will take you a long way. This combination can be used in the morning before breakfast, between meals, before excises and before going to bed. If you consume cinnamon and honey in the morning it will set a healthy tone for the whole day and will revive the digestive system. In other three times, sugar in honey will boost the energy levels and will limit the craving for sugar and junk foods within the day. Cinnamon and honey without water is used in healing wounds and treating itchy skins. These are natural home remedies that you can try with cinnamon powder.

Where to buy?

Buy Ceylon ground cinnamon from True Ceylon Spices (Directly from Sri Lanka)

Ceylon cinnamon powder from TCS

Wondering where to buy true Ceylon cinnamon powder? Pure Ceylon cinnamon powder can be purchase from us at True Ceylon Spices. We bring you true Ceylon cinnamon grown by our own planters in Sri Lanka. Not only that our products are authentic, they are environmental friendly. We do not use any chemicals like weedicide and pesticide which will contaminate our rich soil. Products are admixture free. We will deliver the products straight to your door step. Once you get the product you will experience the freshness because we highly value the quality of our products.

Just sprinkle some Ceylon cinnamon on to your coffee and let us know whether you like it.