Cinnamon is a herb traditionally used for the treatment of inflammatory conditions. It balances blood sugar levels and protects against diabetes. It also reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improves digestion and acts as a powerful antioxidant. Adding to these health benefits, recent research has shown that cinnamon fights depression and protects the memory and learning ability of people with Alzheimer’s.
However, not all cinnamon on the market is the same.
Ceylon vs Cassia
There are two different types of cinnamon out there. Ceylon cinnamon comes from Ceylon in Sri Lanka, whereas Cassia cinnamon comes from China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
The main difference between the two is their coumarin levels. Ceylon cinnamon is very low in coumarin, whereas Cassia cinnamon is very high in coumarin. Up to 5% of cassia cinnamon is coumarin vs 0.0004% in Ceylon cinnamon.
Coumarin is a naturally occurring toxin which has the potential to damage the liver and kidneys if consumed often or daily, so make sure you always chose Ceylon cinnamon.