Plant Based Diet
Plant Based Diet
By | April 17th, 2013 | Modified - January 5th, 2014

Ceylon And Cassia Cinnamon – One Can Be Toxic – One Helps Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Ceylon And Cassia Cinnamon
Ceylon And Cassia Cinnamon

Many may not be aware but there are two different types of cinnamon, and one might be better than the other because one can be toxic in large enough doses. The two types of cinnamon are ceylon or “true” cinnamon and the other is cassia or “Chinese” cinnamon.

The use of cinnamon has become popular because it has many health benefits, one being that it is used to control blood sugar levels. Studies now show that both ceylon and cassia cinnamon have health benefits, both only cassia cinnamon controls blood sugar levels.

Cassia Cinnamon And Diabetes – Blood Sugar Levels

Cassia cinnamon contains a compound called coumarin and ceylon cinnamon does not. Most studies done that showed that cinnamon lowered blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetics and pre-diabetics have been done with cassia cinnamon, and the assumption was that cinnamon in general lowered blood sugar levels. More recently, studies done specifically with ceylon cinnamon show that it does not have the same effect on blood sugar levels, and does not lower it.

Cassia Cinnamon And Coumarin

Cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, and it appears that coumarin is the active ingredient that controls blood sugar levels, because ceylon cinnamon doesn’t contain coumarin and doesn’t control blood sugar levels. It would appear that cassia cinnamon would be the better form of cinnamon to use, since the both have health benefits and only cassia cinnamon controls blood sugars levels. The problem is studies now show that coumarin in cassia cinnamon may be toxic to the liver in high enough doses.

A teaspoon a day of cassia cinnamon for adults appears to be effective in controlling blood sugar levels. The problem now is that studies show that kids sprinkling cassia cinnamon on their oatmeal a few times a week may be too much. You can see graphs in the video below which show levels which may cause toxicity.

Ceylon Cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon doesn’t contain coumarin and doesn’t lower blood sugar levels, but it does have the other health benefits of cinnamon like lowering LDL cholesterol. Since a vegan and vegetarian diet lowers blood sugars levels, I will continue to use my vegan diet to control my blood sugar level, and use ceylon cinnamon for its other health benefits.

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I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. I eat a plant based diet and I am an avid researcher of the benefits of a whole food, plant based alkaline diet. I obtained a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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