A spice for life.
Cinnamon is one of the more familiar spices found in most kitchens. Its pleasant flavour and plentiful benefits, make it popular in many cultures. In Ancient Egypt, Cinnamon was once so highly-prized as a commodity, it was more valuable than gold. The spice, gathered from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree, has been used for centuries as a food preservative, a flavour-enhancer, and as a medicine for colds and digestive problems. The unique smell, colour, and flavour of cinnamon are owed to the oily part of the tree from which it grows.
The health benefits of cinnamon come from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree. This bark contains several special compounds which are responsible for its many health-promoting properties, including cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and cinnamate.
Cinnamon, although mostly used for culinary flavour, has a number of health benefits. The spice is packed with a variety of protective antioxidants that reduce free radical damage. This helps to slow down the ageing process. With its anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon lowers swelling and inflammation. It can be highly beneficial in pain management. Cinnamon is known to reduce several of the most common risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure.
There are a number of recipes that use cinnamon. Traditional pancakes just wouldn’t be the same without cinnamon sugar or what about oven-fresh cinnamon buns? This delicious spice is excellent in cooking, drinks and desserts.
Get down to your favourite Gorima’s store for our super Cinnamon special.