Consumed since 2000BC in Egypt and highly prized for its
medicinal properties....who knew it could harm your liver.
story of CINNAMON
to be more precise....who knew there were 2 kinds of cinnamon.
What cinnamon is - is the inner
bark of the cinnamon tree. Most cinnamon that we have
in the USA comes from
China/Burma/Vietnam and Indonesia. It is "cassia" cinnamon.
It's fine in moderation, but regularly eaten in large
amounts ...you ask what does "large amounts" mean...more
than 1/2 tsp daily could potentially cause liver damage....and
this is because of a naturally occurring toxin called
On the other side of the coin,
there is a variety grown in Sri Lanka..(alias Ceylon)
and S. India that produces
what is called, "Ceylon" or "true" cinnamon.
THIS HAS LOW LEVELS OF COUMARIM and is not toxic.
This is available in health food stores...in fact, I
believe MacCormick Cinnamon is the GOOD kind....good
well, back to the medicinal values...
1.lowers blood sugar in diabetes
1 & 2.
2. lowers the negative effects of high fat meals.
3. Good for: muscle spasms, vomitting, diarrhea, infections,
the common cold, loss of appetite, fungal infections.
4. erectile dysfunction
7. Multiple Schlerosis
now, if you want to know more, you should read up about
read more about it on the internet at whfoods.com, this
month's Yoga Journal no 290, LifeSciences, Nov.2003