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Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Updated on April 12, 2011

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice or cinnamon widespread in the West as in the East. They are also called cinnamon different plants. The two most commonly used as spices are the Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamomum aromaticum (Nees).It is a herbal plant.

Description

 

Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamomum verum is also known as a small evergreen tree about 10-15 m high, of the family Lauraceae. The plant is native to Sri Lanka and the spice made from it is the finest and most expensive.

 

Cinnamon Cinnamomum cassia Nees, also of the family Lauraceae, is also known as cassia, and has a harsher flavor, but it is less expensive, it is more rare to find the first or at least find it not been added with the second. It is produced in Vietnam, and Sumatra in Indonesia.

 

History

 Cinnamon has a long history: it was already mentioned in the Bible, the Book of Exodus, was used by ancient Egyptians for embalming and also quoted in the greek world and Latin. Imported in the west with the settlers during the Middle Ages, led the Dutch to establish a stable trade with Sri Lanka in the first half of 1600, to become the main importers in Europe.

 

Organoleptic

It has a pungent aroma and dry, reminiscent of cloves with a peppery note. Cinnamon in Sri Lanka also has a fragrant aroma, but less bitter and more sweet.

 

Unlike other drugs from the kitchen, the spice is derived from the seed or fruit, but from the trunk and twigs that have been released of a cork and treated outside, take the classic look of a small light brown parchment. Cinnamon can be sold in this form and crumbled before use, or be sold in powder form.

 

There is also an essential oil of cinnamon, obtained by macerating the bark in sea water and then distilling the whole. The amber liquid made from it is most often used medicinally as a principle than as a spice in cooking. It consists of about 90% from cinnamic aldehyde.

Gastronomy

 It is used in many different ways for centuries. The Western tradition prefers the fruit used in desserts, especially apples, in the manufacture of chocolate, candies and chocolates, as a flavoring in cream, the whipped cream in meringue, ice cream and various liqueurs. The Eastern tradition and the Creole is also used in savory as an accompaniment to smoked meats or not. Both the love of tea as a flavoring. Cinnamon sticks retain their flavor if stored in tightly closed glass jars away from heat and light. The cinnamon is stored in the same way, although losing many of its characteristics and its aroma.

Health Benefits

 

This spice has an antioxidant (ORAC) among the highest ever, an index value of 267,536 , about 62 times more powerful than an apple, which typically is considered an excellent antioxidant. It contains tannins, cinnamic aldehyde in the essential oil, eugenol (over 50 aromatic and terpene), camphor. Traditionally used against colds and as antibacterial and antispasmodic, she is now scientifically recognized the ability to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, helping to alleviate the problems of hypertension, also exercises an antiseptic effect on respiratory disorders. Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese use it for menstrual problems in the treatment of fevers, in some intestinal problems and problems in the cold as it has a warming effect on the body. The essential oil of cinnamon has a strong antifungal activity and supports peripheral circulation when rubbed on the skin.

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      SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Thanks for this information. I love cinnamon and use it often.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Cinnamon sure does have a long history and taste so good.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Delicious and all these wonderful benefits. Thanks for the information.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices. It really does have a lot of health benefits. Thanks for reminding me!

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I love cinnamon! Thank for this interesting hub!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      It is so nice to know that a lot of common spices not only make our food taste good but have health benefits has well .

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      All this benefit and it's delicious!

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      Dale J Ovenstone 6 years ago from Wales UK

      Good informative article, thanks for sharing

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      daffodil2010 6 years ago

      :) but it's true :)

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      The health benifits and appeal makes the cinnimon taste too good to be true:-))