For centuries, Ceylon Cinnamon was prized as a spice, a trading commodity and for its medicinal properties. In fact, during the ancient spice trade, it was more valuable than gold! Traders tried to keep its source a secret as it was only found on the island of Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka).
Ceylon Cinnamon has been used as a traditional remedy by Chinese and Indian healers and it is classified as a valuable therapeutic plant in many countries. Cinnamon bark is one of the oldest herbal medicines for treating inflammation and pain. In Ayurveda, Ceylon Cinnamon is used to address conditions related to digestion, circulation, congestion, muscle tension and blood sugar, among other ailments. True Cinnamon, as it is known, is a small evergreen tree indigenous only to Sri Lanka.
We feature Ceylon Cinnamon in our DIGESTIVE JADES and ACTIVE CORALS dietary supplements for digestion and for joint health. It is known to have one of the highest levels of anti-inflammatory activity in food, living up to its description as a “powerhouse of the spices”. The Cinnamaldehydes are the most potent bioactive compounds for anti-inflammatory activity of Ceylon Cinnamon. Recent studies have proven its ability to regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and as an anti-inflammatory and relief for stiff joints. A major focus of the medical use of Ceylon Cinnamon has been in the treatment of diabetes as it appears to be an effective option for lowering blood sugar. In addition, it can help with the secretion of digestive enzymes and absorption of nutrients, thereby enhancing the digestive process. Read more about how Ceylon Cinnamon supports better digestion here. Research studies have also been conducted on Ceylon Cinnamon’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties as well as the smell of Cinnamon in boosting brain activity. These unique properties make it an ideal ingredient in digestive health supplements and muscle recovery supplements.