Cinnamon has been revered throughout the ages for its sweetly spicy flavor and heady fragrance.
Cinnamon is the inner bark of an evergreen tree in the Lauraceae (laurel) family from the aromatic genus Cinnamomum.
There are two main types of cinnamon:
- Ceylon cinnamon: Also known as “true” cinnamon.
- Cassia cinnamon: The more common variety today and what people generally refer to as “cinnamon.”
Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols.
The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower your risk of disease.
Cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels, having a potent anti-diabetic effect at 1–6 grams or 0.5–2 teaspoons per day.