Anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties
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Description: Ceylon cinnamon
The Commission E approves the use of cinnamon for loss of appetite, dyspepsia, gastrointestinal spasms and meteorism.
A spice used for thousands of years, Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum J. Presl) has valuable medicinal properties and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine as a neuroprotective and in case of digestive, gynaecological and respiratory problems.
Ceylon cinnamon is now recommended primarily for lowering blood glucose levels and alleviating digestive problems such as dyspepsia. It also has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Our 4:1 concentrated extract of cinnamon guarantees maximum quality and effectiveness. Unlike Chinese cinnamon, which contains a high concentration of coumarin, a compound that can be harmful if consumed in large quantities, Ceylon cinnamon only contains traces of coumarin.
Ceylon cinnamon: Detailed information
Cinnamon: Description and origin
Ceylon cinnamon, or true cinnamon, is obtained from the Ceylon cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum verum J. Presl, Lauraceae family), a tree that can grow 10 m tall and grows wild in the forests of Sri Lanka and southern India. Its leaves are elongated, bright and yellowish-green; and it has small white, greenish or purple flowers (1).
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the peeled bark of the branches of the trees of the Cinnamomum genus (2): the outer bark is discarded and the inner bark is rolled and dried to obtain the cinnamon stick. In cinnamon, in addition to the bark, the leaves, flowers and fruit are used to prepare essential oils for cosmetics and food products (3).
Cinnamon bark has been used for thousands of years as a spice. Documents refer to cinnamon being importing to Egypt from China; it is mentioned in the Bible (Exodus and Proverbs) and appears in Chinese texts dating back 4,000 years (4). In the 16th Century, Portuguese conquerors discovered Ceylon cinnamon in Sri Lanka and introduced this spice into European countries during the 16th and 17th centuries (3).
In addition to being used as a spice, cinnamon was also used for embalming in ancient Egypt (3) and is a remedy for digestive, gynaecological and respiratory problems in Ayurvedic medicine (2,5). In traditional Chinese medicine, where it is used as a neuroprotective and for diabetes, it is a highly prized plant (3).
The bark of Ceylon cinnamon contains two main types of compounds: polyphenols and volatile phenols. The polyphenols in Ceylon cinnamon include vanillic, caffeic, gallic and p-coumaric acid. The composition of its volatile compounds varies depending on the part of the plant used. This means that the bark’s essential oil is rich in cinnamaldehyde (3).
An important difference between Ceylon cinnamon and Chinese cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum) is coumarin, a molecule that is potentially harmful: while Ceylon cinnamon only contains traces of it, Chinese cinnamon contains a higher concentration, and it is not therefore advisable to consume Chinese cinnamon regularly or in large quantities (2).
The Commission E approves the use of cinnamon for loss of appetite, dyspepsia, gastrointestinal spasms and meteorism* (6). Cinnamon also has anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties (5).
*Meteorism: bloating of the stomach due to gas accumulating in the digestive tract.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approves the traditional use of Ceylon cinnamon bark for the symptomatic treatment of mild gastrointestinal disorders such as bloating, cramps and flatulence (7).
Various in vivo and in vitro studies have demonstrated the multiple beneficial effects of Ceylon cinnamon, such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties; a decrease in cardiovascular disease and stimulation of cognitive functions (2).
Cinnamon also has hypoglycaemic activity (lowers blood glucose levels) and its use in cases of type 2 diabetes has been investigated in several clinical trials (8-9). In vivo and in vitro testing has demonstrated the beneficial effects of cinnamon extract on diabetes, such as reduced levels of fasting blood glucose, increased HDL cholesterol and a reduction in HBA1c (glycated haemoglobin) (2.5).
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- Ranasinghe et al. (2013) Medicinal properties of ‘true’ cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): a systematic review. BMC Complement Altern Med 13: 275.
- Nabavi et al. (2015) Antibacterial effects of cinnamon: from farm to food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Nutrients 4: 7729-7748.
- Dugoua et al. (2007) From type 2 diabetes to antioxidant activity: a systematic review of the safety and efficacy of common and cassia cinnamon bark. Can. J. Physiol. Pharmacol 85: 837-847.
- Medagama (2015) The glycaemic outcomes of Cinnamon, a review of the experimental evidence and clinical trials. Nutrition J 14: 108.
- Vanaclocha B, Cañigueral S (Eds). Fitoterapia. Vademécum de prescripción. 4ª Edición. Barcelona: Elsevier Masson, 2003.
- EMA-HMPC. Community herbal monograph on Cinnamomum verum J.S. Presl, cortex. London: EMA. Doc. Ref.: EMA/HMPC/246774/2009. Adoptée : 10 mai 2011.
- Beejmohun et al. (2014) Acute effect of Ceylon cinnamon extract on postprandial glycemia: alpha-amylase inhibition, starch tolerance test in rats, and randomized crossover clinical trial in healthy volunteers. BMC Complement Altern Med 14:351.
- Sartorius et al. (2014) Cinnamon extract improves insulin sensitivity in the brain and lowers liver fat in mouse models of obesity. PLoS One 9(3): e92358.
Ingredients: Ceylon cinnamon Consulting batch information
In 3 capsules: 750 mg of concentrated extract 4:1 of Ceylon cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum J. Presl).
Maltodextrin. Vegetable-based capsule: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose.
This product does not contain allergens (in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011) nor genetically modified organisms.
Use: Ceylon cinnamon Consulting batch information
3 capsules per day divided into three doses with half a glass of water, at mealtimes.
Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose.
Does not replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If you are undergoing medical treatment, seek your therapist's advice. For adult use only. Keep out of reach of young children.
Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight.
Quality: Ceylon cinnamon Consulting batch information
FABRICATION AND GUARANTEE:
This food supplement is manufactured by a GMP-compliant laboratory (GMPs are the Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines for the European pharmaceutical industry).
Their active principle content is guaranteed through regular tests, which can be viewed online.