Cinnamon

About Cinnamon

Cinnamon is native to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar and is a brown dried bark and has an exotic aroma, its scientific name is cinnamomum verum and belongs to the Lauracea family. It has been recognized for its aromatic and medicinal properties since ancient times and is one of the most important spices in the food and beverage industry. Cinnamon is the third most consumed spice in the world and there are two main types of cinnamon: Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum. Cinnamon can be taken as capsules, sprinkled on your food or extracts that can be dissolved in water.

Cinnamon Uses, Properties, and Health Benefits

Cinnamon is known to have beneficial effect as an anti-fungal, astringent, antispasmodic, hypoglycemic, anti-viral, antiseptic, carminative, digestive aid and antibacterial. The most common use is to improved symptoms of diabetes type 2 regulating the glucose levels in the body. Another health benefit found in an extract of cinnamon bark by the Science Laboratories of the University of the Tel Aviv, is that cinnamon contains properties that can inhibit the development of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Cinnamon is also used to treat other diseases such as malaria, dysentery, obesity, overweight, osteoarthritis, and menstrual problems.

Cinnamon Nutritional Information

Cinnamon is considered a super-food because of it high concentration of nutritional compounds, it's rich on amino acids, vitamins, and minerals

Cinnamon Nutrition Facts (per 100 g)
Nutrition Facts
Calories: 247
Calories from Carbohydrate: 229
Calories from Fat: 10.4
Calories from Protein: 7.3
Total Carbohydrates: 80.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 53.1 g
Sugars: 2.2 g

Total Fat: 1.2 g
Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2 g
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: 11 mg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids: 44 mg
Protein: 4 g

Amino Acids
Alanine: 166 mg
Arginine: 166 mg
Aspartic Acid: 438 mg
Cystine: 58 mg
Glutamic Acid: 370 mg
Glycine: 195 mg
Histidine *: 117 mg
Isoleucine *: 146 mg
Leucine *: 253 mg
Lysine *: 243 mg
Methionine *: 78 mg
Phenylalanine *: 146 mg
Proline: 419 mg
Serine: 195 mg
Threonine *: 136 mg
Tryptophan *: 49 mg
Tyrosine: 136 mg
Valine *: 224 mg
*Essential Amino Acids

Vitamins
Vitamin A: 295 IU
Retinol Activity Equivalent: 15 mcg
Alpha Caroten: 1 mcg
Beta Caroten: 112 mcg
Beta Cryptoxanthin: 129 mcg
Lycopene: 15 mcg
Lutein+Zeaxanthin: 222 mcg
Vitamin B3 Niacin: 1.3 mg
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid: 0.4 mg
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine: 0.2 mg
Folate: 6 mcg
Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid: 3.8 mg
Vitamin E Alpha-Tocopherol: 2.3 mg
Gamma-Tocopherol: 10.4 mg
Delta-Tocopherol: 0.3 mg
Vitamin K Phylloquinone: 31.2 mcg
Choline: 11 mg
Betaine: 3.9 mg

Minerals
Calcium: 1002 mg
Copper: 0.3 mg
Iron: 8.3 mg
Magnesium: 60 mg
Manganese: 17.5 mg
Phosphorus: 64 mg
Potassium: 431 mg
Selenium: 3.1 mcg
Sodium: 10 mg
Zinc: 1.8 mg

Sterols
Phytosterols: 26 mg

References:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cinnamon
https://www.britannica.com/plant/cinnamon
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/180/2
https://www.curesdecoded.com/products/cinnamon/366
https://blog.curesdecoded.com/6-wonderful-uses-for-honey-and-cinnamon/