Cinnamon is made by cutting the stems of the cinnamomum tree. The inner bark is then extracted and the woody parts removed from it. When it dries, it forms that curl into rolls, called cinnamon sticks. The sticks can be made to form cinnamon powder. In Hindi its commonly known as Dalchini.
There are varieties of cinnamon around the globe especially in SE Asia. The two common types of Cinnamon are :
Ceylon Cinnamon: also known as “true cinnamon” which is expensive but considered to be very healthy!
Cassia Cinnamon: This is more common variety easily available in the market. This is also referred as “cinnamon”, but is ideally the outer bark of the tree, which is commonly found in India household.
Some of the health benefits of Cinnamon
- Cinnamon is loaded with anti-oxidants, which protects the body from oxidative damage caused due to free radicals
- True cinnamon may cut the rate of heart diseases
- Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties
- True cinnamon can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin
- True cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect
- It has many beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinsons and Alzhiemer’s disease ( as tested in animal studies)
- True Cinnamon may be protective against cancer
- Cinnamon helps fight bacterial and fungal infections
- Cinnamon may help fight HIV-1, the main type of HIV virus in humans!