Saigon Cinnamon

Emily Alderson

Cinnamomum loureiroi (Lauraceae)

Also known as Vietnamese cinnamon, Quê Trà Bông, and Cassia cinnamon.
Saigon cinnamon is native to Vietnam, however, the tree does grow in Japan and China.

Inner bark of the cinnamon tree

Uses of Cinnamon

Many cultures use cinnamon on a daily basis as a flavoring and spice, but medicinally, the people of the world use cinnamon for its health benefits. Cassia cinnamon has the ability to lower blood sugar, help with menstrual cramps, vomiting, and many others.

The saigon cinnamon comes from not only the inner bark of the tree, but the outer bark too. There are many ways to prepare cinnamon. Hot water with a cinnamon stick steeping in the cup is a sure way to get 'tea'. The dried and ground bark of the tree can be used for flavorings and such. It's also flavorings in toothpaste, nasal sprays, mouthwashes, lotions, and others.

Secondary Chemicals in Cinnamon

Cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, a compound that could eventually cause liver damage. The coumarin could also have negative effects on other medications, if taken regularly on a daily basis.
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Study about Cinnamon and Diabetes

There was a study done in Pakistan about cinnamon's effects of 'insulin-sensitizing properties'. 77 people with type-2 diabetes participated in the study, however, only 58 subjects completed the study. Of the 58 people, they were randomly selected into two groups. One group took a placebo instead of a cinnamon pill. After three months of taking the pills, whether placebo or not, the study ended. It appeared that the 1g of cinnamon a day had not helped lower the fasting glucose. However, the group that had 1g, 3g, and 6g, of cinnamon three times a day for three months, seemed to have the same result.

Cinnamon does not seem to be able to help with diabetes.


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