How Cinnamon Affects Your Health
Cinnamon is super for your health and can benefit you in many different ways including helping your heart and cardiovascular system.
There are a couple of different kinds of cinnamon so you should be aware of that. In the United States, we actually sell a fake cinnamon product.
Ok, it’s not fake but it is a cheap knockoff of “true cinnamon” which is called Ceylon and is made from the inner bark of a verum tree. This tree is native to Sri Lanka and some areas in southern India.
In the United States we buy Cassia at the grocery store as you will only find Ceylon in a health foods store or on Amazon.
Cassia comes from a tree called, of course the cassia tree. It is a darker and more potent flavor than the ceylon variety.
While both versions of cinnamon are similar and both offer good health benefits there is one major difference.
High quantities of cassia may be poisonous and have a negative impact on your health!
Cassia contains a toxin known as Coumarin which can hurt your heart, liver and kidneys. Just 1 – 2 teaspoons a day may put you over the safe limit of consumption.
Ceylon cinnamon on the other hand, has 250 times less Coumarin and you would have to eat around 100 or more teaspoons of cinnamon each day to risk any possible negative side effects.
So next time you make some cinnamon toast or take some in your smoothie, be cautious about what kind you are taking. While both may offer significant health benefits, it is clear you need to take Ceylon in order to only get the benefits and not risk the side effects.
If you want to learn more about this I suggest you check out Health Line’s article on ceylon vs cassia as it will give you a lot more specific information and not just go over the highlights.