Cinnamon: Powerful Spice

Cinnamon is a spice from the inner bark of trees scientifically known as Cinnamomum. Used as an ingredient throughout history, it used to be rare and valuable and was regarded as a gift fit for kings. Today cinnamon is cheap, available in every supermarket and used as ingredient in foods and recipes.

Cinnamon is made by cutting the stems of cinnamon trees; the inner bark is extracted and the woody parts removed. When dried, it forms strips that curl into rolls, called cinnamon sticks that can be ground to form cinnamon powder. The distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon are due to the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde Scientists believe that this compound is responsible for most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on health and metabolism.

The spice has several evidence-based health benefits. Cinnamon has powerful medicinal properties; it is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

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