What is cinnamon Cinnamon is a spice native to Sri Lanka, an island that during its colonization took the name of Ceylon, so some call cinnamon as “Ceylon cinnamon”.
The cinnamon is extracted from the tree known as cinnamon and whose scientific name is Cinnamomum verum, a tree that can measure more than 10 meters and from whose branches, from its bark, this wonderful spice is extracted. It accompanies countless dishes and desserts, as well as sweets and pastries around the world, as well as aromatizing many teas and infusions. It is known worldwide as an aphrodisiac food. But in addition to being delicious and enhancing other flavors, as with vanilla, cinnamon has medicinal properties that bring well-being and health to the body. Together with ginger and laurel, they form a trinity known as “the three aromatics”, whose use is widespread throughout the world.
Currently the varieties we can find are: Ceylon cinnamon Cassia Saigon cinnamon Korintji cinnamon All of them share the same medicinal properties, flavor enhancers, culinary and aromatic. Properties and benefits of cinnamon Cinnamon has properties that bring benefits, and in cases of some ailments has proven to be very effective. In Ayurvedic medicine, spread throughout the Indian subcontinent and the region where the plant originates, it is also an important ingredient. Bactericide and natural antifungicide A series of studies published by the University of Pamplona (Colombia) has concluded that cinnamon has bactericidal and antimicrobial properties. In one of the studies it became effective even with the bacterium Salmonella spp.
This is because cinnamon contains cinnamon dehyde, which helps fight bacteria, microbes and fungi. Antioxidant properties The antioxidant properties of cinnamon are well known.
This is because it contains polyphenols, a type of antioxidant quite potent whose benefits help counteract the cellular deterioration of the organism and the oxidizing agents that cause it, known as free radicals. Stabilize cholesterol levels Another benefit of cinnamon is that it helps to level or lower “bad” cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and blood triglycerides. This helps prevent heart complications and other problems related to this important substance for life and health.