A Cinnamon Update

Sri Lankan Cinnamon Tree

I am in the process of developing an easy to read format that conveys fast facts. Not sure
which format I like yet but I thought I would give this one a try.  I updated the cinnamon format of the “Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice” post which is found below. Which do you prefer… this style or paragraph form?


Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Scientific Name
: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Old World Uses: Meat preservation, treat coughing, hoarseness and sore throats. Used in ancient Egypt for embalming!
Fun Fact: A study by Alan Hirsch, M.D. at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago found cinnamon scored high as an aphrodisiac for males.

Healing benefits: Antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and anti clotting properties. Relieves diarrhea and nausea, congestion, aids peripheral circulation, enhances digestion (especially fat metabolism), helpful in diabetes, yeast infection and uterine hemorrhaging
A word on Diabetes:
Cinnamon may enhance the ability of insulin to metabolize glucose which may help control blood sugar levels. Some diabetics have added 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon per day to their daily diet, proclaiming favorable results. Cinnamon works as an insulin sensitizer and anti-oxidant.

Nutrient Profile:
Vitamins: A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), C
Minerals: Calcium*, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron*, Manganese*, Phosphorus,
Potassium, Zinc
: Fiber, Phytochemicals including: beta-carotene, camphor, cinnamaldehyde, and limonene to name a few.

Parts used: bark, leaf

Other Notes: Some commercial ground cinnamon is actually a combination of cinnamon and cassia. This is permitted with no restriction by most countries, including the U.S. Both Cassia and cinnamon are derived from the bark of evergreen trees and are thus members of the same family. However, cassia has a stronger flavor and less is required in volume to flavor. Cassia may be a better choice for savory dishes rather than sweets.
Caution: Should not be used in large amounts during pregnancy, may be linked with miscarriages. Caution intake with liver damage, see your doctor first.

* Rich in these nutrients

Curr Diab Rep (2010) 10:170–172

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