Cinnamon is a tree between 10 and 15 meters high, whose bark is used as a spice. There are two varieties of cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum or C. Zeylanicum, which is the so-called true cinnamon native to Sri Lanka and the variety Cinnamomum cassia, similar to the first and coming from southern China and Indonseia. C. verum has a softer colour, a sweeter and more delicate flavour than C. cassia, with a stronger flavour.
In our shop in Las Rozas in Madrid or our online shop, specializing in olive oil and honey, you can find some products with cinnamon, such as our honey with cinnamonor our soap with cinnamon. We also recommend the article: Unpasteurized raw honey
Cinnamon contains antioxidants such as proanthocyanidins and different active components.
Cinnamon is the most used spice in the world and its uses are very diverse. It is used to accompany breakfast cereals, desserts with fruits, seasoning meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, tea and coffee.
There is a great deal of literature on the numerous benefits of cinnamon, which I neither deny nor affirm its veracity. However, as in all my articles, these that are written in El Cortijuelo de San Benito are only based on scientific research.
It is true that research is progressing and there are still benefits that are not known from many natural products or that have not been corroborated with the veracity of scientifically proven studies, this being one of the reasons why I always recommend eating natural foods. Natural products contain active principles and components that bring us both the benefits already known, those that are yet to be known and those that act as a chain along with other components of the natural product. Compared to drugs supplied by pharmacies, in which the active ingredients are purified and only give you the benefits of an active ingredient, and due to its concentration, in many cases have side effects harmful to our body.
Medicinal properties of cinnamon:
From the scientific literature we expose the following benefits that the consumption of cinnamon brings to our organism:
Diabetes is a chronic disease that is caused by a malfunction of the pancreas, which does not create the hormone insulin in quantity or the latter does not work properly, causing the glucose that reaches the bloodstream is not absorbed by the cells of the body.
Different medical teams, such as the one published in 2000 in the Agricultural Research Magazine, have verified that the consumption of cinnamon increases the sensitivity of the insulin hormone, helping to introduce glucose into cells and maintaining a better regulation of the level of glucose in the blood.
Diabetes Care magazine published research in 2003 that showed that consuming cinnamon reduces blood glucose, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Consequently, cinnamon prevents people with diabetes from reducing their risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. Antimicrobial activity:
Both water-soluble and liposoluble components of cinnamon have antimicrobial effects, which inhibit the growth of many common types of bacteria. In many developing countries cinnamon is used in the fight against bacteria that cause typhoid fever, enteritis and diarrhea.
In developed countries many people self-diagnose their own drugs, causing the bacteria that cause infections to become resistant to antibiotics. The antimicrobial effect of cinnamon can be used to fight these antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Inflammation is an immune system response to foreign agents, causing the inflamed part of the body to become red, warm and swollen. With inflammation, the process of healing begins and the development of new tissue to replace the damaged tissue.
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory effects, which inhibit the production by our body of harmful components that can cause damage to cells, such as nitric oxide, cyclooxygenase (COX-2), prostaglandins and other compounds. In addition, cinnamon can influence the genes that activate the development of these compounds, leading to a reduction in inflammation. Therefore, cinnamon can be consumed as a complement to other medical treatments in order to treat arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
4. Cervical cancer:
According to a scientific study conducted in 2010, cinnamon of the species C. cassia may initiate the death of cervical cancer cells. Therefore, cinnamon could be used as a chemopreventive drug against this type of cancer.
Properties of cinnamon and honey
If we unite cinnamon with honey, we are going to achieve a superfood, because the antimicrobial properties of cinnamon and honey are united at the same time.
In our shop specialized in honey in Las Rozas de Madrid you will find this mixture already made, which apart from being very effective against colds and infections, is delicious.
Photo 1: Honey with cinnamon
How can we take the cinnamon
The cinnamon we can take it either in branch or pulverized.
The cinnamon pulverized: it is the cinnamon that we find in powder and we throw it directly in the desserts. You can also find it mixed with other foods such as honey.
Cinnamon stick: Cinnamon stick is used to give flavor to desserts by putting it to cook with other foods, such as rice pudding.
We must bear in mind that cinnamon is often used to imitate other flavours. An example of this is in the supposed tigernut milk tigernut milk sold by the best known brands. These tigernut milk and cinnamon are usually added to these tigernut milk in order to replace the tigernut by these other foods much cheaper, even though the real tigernut milk has no cinnamon at all.