Fresh Cinnamon - if you could source Cinnamon within days of harvest the Cinnamon could be considered fresh.If you are looking for fresh Cinnamon you have located the right source.We at Dru Era ship Ceylon Cinnamon straight from source within days of harvest.
Many related species are marketed as Cinnamon.The Cinnamon sold in the US is actually Cassia.The only “True Cinnamon” comes from Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
Why should you insist on Ceylon Cinnamon ?
All varieties of Cinnamon contain different levels of coumarin.
Coumarin is a flavouring which is found in higher concentrations in the types of Cinnamon grouped together under the name “Cassia Cinnamon”. Relatively small amounts of coumarin can damage the liver of particularly sensitive individuals.
Ceylon Cinnamon on the contrary has 1250 times less coumarin than Cassia Cinnamon.
Would you believe that a mere teaspoon of cinnamon contains 28 mg of calcium, almost one mg of iron, over a gram of fiber, and quite a lot of vitamins C, K, and manganese? It’s true. It also contains about half a gram of “usable” (non-fiber) carbohydrate.
In traditional medicine, cinnamon has been used for digestive ailments such as indigestion, gas and bloating, stomach upset, and diarrhea. More recently, modern medical research has turned its eye on cinnamon and is coming up with some intriguing results. It has a mild anti-inflammatory effect. It also slows the spoiling of food (which is probably related to why it was used as an embalming agent in ancient Egypt), and has anti-fungal properties as well.
In one fun (but unpublished) study, researchers found that sniffing cinnamon resulted in improved brain function -– subjects did better on memory and attention tasks when taking whiffs of cinnamon as opposed to other odors or no odor. However, the potential health benefits of cinnamon that have received the most attention have to do with its effects on blood glucose and cholesterol.
This is the news that is most exciting for people who respond to low-carb diets, since most (or at least a substantial percentage) of us are probably insulin resistant or diabetic. Several studies have shown improved insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control by taking as little as ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Improving insulin resistance can help in weight control as well as decreasing the risk for heart disease, so this has a lot of people interested. Although the results of preliminary studies are somewhat mixed, the majority of the research seems to be pointing in the direction of cinnamon being beneficial. Along with the improvement in blood sugar, these studies have documented improvements in triglycerides, blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol.