Health benefits

Cinnamon and Turmeric aren’t known as Super Spices for nothing.

Both have a long history of use in traditional eastern medicine and are now widely used in western complementary medicine for their powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which support the immune system. There's also increasing evidence of their effectiveness in combatting a number of diseases and even helping to prevent or slow their onset.

You might ask 'Why Ceylon Cinnamon and Ceylon Turmeric?' The answer is easy: because they're both considered to be the finest of their kind in the world!

Cinnamon

What are the reported health benefits of cinnamon?
Cinnamon is believed to help:

  • reduce blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes
  • lower bad cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease
  • control weight as a sweet, healthy alternative to sugar
  • boost immunity due to its very high antioxidant levels (second only to cloves)
  • prevent infection and inhibit bacterial growth
  • prevent clotting in the blood
  • treat medication-resistant yeast infections, such as candida and thrush
  • soothe and improve some skin conditions, especially acne
  • alleviate digestive disorders including IBS
  • reduce inflammation and pain in arthritis and other joint/muscle ailments
  • relieve menstrual cramps
  • boost cognitive function and memory, including in those with alzheimers
  • provide vital nutrients including calcium, manganese, iron and fibre
  • aid sleep

Is your cinnamon gluten free?

Yes. A few brands of cinnamon specify that their ground cinnamon is gluten-free but most don’t. This is because flour is sometimes mixed with ground cinnamon to prevent it from caking. If you grate whole cinnamon sticks at home or use our pure cinnamon capsules, then you don’t need to worry.

How does cinnamon help people with diabetes?

Unfortunately, cinnamon is not considered to have any benefit for people with type 1 diabetes. However, the research is promising for those with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

A much-quoted research paper in 2013, which looked at a range of different studies, concluded that cinnamon brings “a statistically significant decrease in levels of fasting plasma glucose” in people with type 2 diabetes.

In addition, an authoritative pilot study in the US in July 2020 concluded that “in individuals with prediabetes, 12 weeks of cinnamon supplementation improved FPG and glucose tolerance, with a favourable safety profile.”

The position held by most not-for-profit national diabetes advisory groups is that, whilst cinnamon may have benefits, it should not be used as a substitute for prescribed medication. The American Diabetes Association goes as far as classifying cinnamon as a “Diabetes Superfood”, but continues to withhold judgement as to the actual benefits. More research will hopefully clarify things.

Is it true that a fresh cinnamon and honey combination helps you to lose weight?

Many people have asked us this question so in May 2017 we called for volunteers and set about our own experiment, looking to see if a daily intake of fresh cinnamon and honey can help people to lose weight.

In the event, 65% of participants (that's 26 of our 40 volunteers) recorded gradual weight loss of more than 1lb over the one month period. Volunteers also reported a range of other health benefits such as much better sleep, increased energy levels, reduced sugar cravings, improved skin and a general sense of well-being.

One volunteer said "With this new energy I think everything is going in the right direction. I am loving myself, my hair, my skin and really want to continue feeling this way and I am positive that my nightly drinks of cinnamon and honey play a big part in this new found energy and great feeling."

So the message from Cinnamon Hill is: If you like fresh cinnamon and honey, why not give it a go yourself? All you have to lose is a little weight!

What is coumarin and why the long faces?

Coumarin is a natural flavouring present in many plants. It occurs in negligible amounts in Ceylon cinnamon, but in higher amounts in Saigon cinnamon.

Back in 2006 the German health authorities observed that coumarin “can cause liver damage in a small group of particularly sensitive individuals” and recommended a Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of 0.1mg coumarin per kg of bodyweight per day, which was subsequently adopted by the European and US food regulatory authorities.

So there is a risk but how much of a risk? In 2011 the UK Food Standards Agency did some research to compare actual coumarin consumption to the recommended limit. They found that adults on average consumed less than 2% of the limit and South Asians (chosen because of their much more spicy diet) consumed just over 20%.

How to manage this in practice? Back to the German health authorities who recommended that “especially in the run up to Christmas... cinnamon biscuits should be eaten in moderation.” Easy on those biscuits, then!

Turmeric

What are the reported health benefits of Turmeric?
Turmeric is believed to help:

  • relieve joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis
  • alleviate abdominal pain and reduce gastric and colorectal inflammation (including IBS)
  • detox the body and promote healthy liver function
  • reduce the risk of developing cancer and slow its progress
  • alleviate asthma, hay fever and other allergies
  • protect against and slow the progress of alzheimer's and dementia
  • soothe skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne
  • improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of heart attack
  • relieve depression
  • boost levels of manganese, iron, potassium and vitamin C
  • slow down the ageing process more generally

Why don't you mix your Turmeric with piperine or other chemical compounds to increase curcumin absorption?

All of the research we've read on this uses "turmeric extract" as its base material. The extraction process, using industrial solvents, enhances the potency of some of the components and enables further chemical processing to help the body absorb them. At the same time many of the intrinsic benefits of whole turmeric are lost!

It's not clear which end product is the more potent or the more easily absorbed, but we choose not to process the turmeric plant at all. Instead, we focus on freshness, purity and natural absorption in nature's own good time.

Can Turmeric and Cinnamon be used together?

To quote one of the nutritionists we consulted before going ahead with this new product: "Together Cinnamon and Turmeric are the Superfood dream team. When it comes to fighting free radicals, helping to prevent oxidative damage and keeping us fighting fit, there's nothing to beat them!"

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