Botanical Name: Cinnamomum verum
Common Names: Ceylon
Origin; Sri Lanka
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The big advantage of Ceylon Cinnamon, or “true” cinnamon, is its ultra-low Coumarin levels. Coumarin in high doses may not be good for the liver, so for people who take Cinnamon on a daily basis for health reasons or as a supplement, Ceylon Cinnamon is the preferred choice. Ceylon Cinnamon is also perfect for desserts because it is subtle, smells very mild and is slightly sweeter in taste, but adds a very complex flavor. The aroma it gives off is a very sophisticated and fragrant smell. Because Ceylon Cinnamon tends to be mild and sweet, it lends itself to creating sophisticated layers of flavors that is not possible with the other Cinnamon varieties.
Research suggests that Ceylon Cinnamon offers many benefits including the ability to reduce high blood pressure. A summary of current evidence based on the health benefits of ceylon cinnamon was printed in the Ceylon Medical Journal– The Official Publication of The Sri Lanka Medical Association, which you can download here, states the following: “In vitro and in vivo studies in animals and humans from different parts of the world have demonstrated numerous beneficial health effects of CZ, such as anti-inflammatory properties, anti-microbial activity, reducing cardiovascular disease, boosting cognitive function and reducing risk of colonic cancer.” Ranasinghe, P. and Galappaththy, P., 2016. Health benefits of Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): a summary of the current evidence. Ceylon Medical Journal, 61(1), pp.1–5.
As with all herbs, speak to your doctor before taking any herbs especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or are on any medications.