Background & Benefits
Cinnamon is cultivated from the bark of an aromatic evergreen tree. The genus that this tree belongs to includes over 250 species, and a number of those can be cultivated and sold as the cinnamon spice that you’d buy in the grocery store. There are about six main varieties that produce the most popular types of cinnamon. And the majority of the world’s cinnamon is produced in China and Indonesia, where climates are more conducive to growing these trees.
While studies continue to develop new information, several findings suggest cinnamon has major health benefits. They also indicate that it can be toxic when consumed in large portions, so don’t overdo it! Here are just a few of the suspected health benefits of consuming cinnamon:
May Lower Blood Sugar/May Help Manage Diabetes Some studies indicate that cinnamon can reduce both blood pressure and insulin resistance. This characteristic would make it an ideal companion to diabetes management.