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Cassia

Cassia – the fragrant one – 200g

Ceylon

Description

Cassia

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum Arromaticum (cassia)
Country of Origin : South East Asia – Not organic
Best known as a spice, sprinkled on toast and lattes. Extracts from the bark have also been used traditionally as medicine throughout the world.
There are lots of different types. Verum (Ceylon) and Aromaticum (Cassia or Chinese cinnamon) are commonly used. In many cases, the spice purchased in food stores contains a combination of these different types.

How does it work?

The oils found in this bark is thought to reduce spasms, reduce gas (flatulence), and stimulate the appetite. It can also be used increase blood flow. It also contains a chemical that might work like insulin to lower blood sugar. However, these effects are thought to be fairly weak. Please check with your medical advisors before using it for these reasons.

How much to take?

As an unproven treatment, there is no established dose. Some recommend 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2-4 grams) of powder a day.

There are studies which used between 1 gram and 6 grams of cinnamon. Very high doses may be toxic.

Cassia

It comes from a tree and used in cooking but the bark is also used to make medicine.

Its used to help against gastrointestinal (GI) upset, diarrhea, and gas. Stimulating appetite; against infections caused by bacteria and parasitic worms; menstrual cramps, common cold, and flu (influenza).

Simply smelling cinnamon or chewing it is enough to increase brain activity. Test scores were higher, and memory, visual recognition, and motor speed were enhanced, compared with individuals who tried this with for instance peppermint or jasmin.