If you haven't been to our Facebook page lately, you really need to visit. There's a lot of free health information there. And the community has grown to over 35,000 people. What's more, it's a great place to ask questions. For instance, Myma Libunao recently asked a super question about cinnamon. She asked, "How would u know or distinguish real cinnamon from fake one?"
Cinnamon, as you may know, is a great spice for treating blood sugar issues. And the kind of cinnamon you take can make a big difference in how effective it is. However, a lot of people are calling one type of cinnamon fake when it's really just a different plant in the same family of plants. In fact, they both have the same genus (cinnamomum).
Some people say Ceylon cinnamon is the only true cinnamon, and Cassia (or Saigon, which is a slight variation of Cassia) is fake. Both are real cinnamon. The only time you would notice any real difference in the two is if you take therapeutic doses of them. That's when the anti-coagulant abilities of Cassia would become apparent.
You see, Cassia contains more coumarin than Ceylon. Powdered Cassia contains up to 63 times as much coumarin as Ceylon. And the Cassia sticks contain about 18 times as much coumarin as the Ceylon. Coumarin is a highly effective blood thinner. It works so well, the pharmaceutical industry uses it as a precursor reagent for its synthetic anticoagulant drugs. In fact, the drug Coumadin gets its name from this compound.
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This coumarin is what a lot of people have a problem with in Cassia. Taking extremely large amounts of Cassia can cause liver damage in sensitive people. Many people on the Internet will tell people with liver damage to see if they've been eating too much cinnamon. I'd be willing to bet that if you have liver damage, it's probably not from cinnamon. That's because the risk here is incredibly overstated. In fact, liver toxicity from Cassia is virtually nonexistent.
However, coumarin is where cinnamon gets most of its potency. That means the Cassia form is the more potent form of cinnamon. We know this is true because most of the studies that show cinnamon's benefits for blood sugar control use Cassia, not Ceylon.
So if you want to use cinnamon in your coffee, but you're not concerned about blood sugar control, then use Ceylon. Buy the sticks and grate it yourself. The fresh flavor is much better and the health benefits from fresh are always better than processed. The Ceylon is very good for your health, so don't shy away from it.
But if you're looking for blood sugar control, use Cassia. It's proven to be more beneficial for this treatment. And it's cheaper and easier to find. You can find Cassia in Advanced Blood Sugar Formula from Advanced Bionutritionals. This formula is highly effective for blood sugar control.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.