Even if you rarely cook or bake, it’s likely you have a bottle of cinnamon in your kitchen cabinet.
Harvested from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree, a tropical evergreen plant, cinnamon is more than a tasty spice. For thousands of years, it has been used in Ayurveda as a natural therapeutic for respiratory, digestive and gynecological support.
In the early 16th century, once the Portuguese discovered cinnamon trees growing in Sri Lanka, Europe began importing the spice. In more recent times during the 18th century, the East India Company became the dominant exporter of cinnamon in Europe.
Almost every part of the cinnamon tree, including the bark, leaves, flowers, fruit and roots, has some beneficial value. The different parts possess the same array of hydrocarbons in varying proportions with primary constituents, such as cinnamaldehyde (bark), eugenol (leaf) and camphor (root).
Even though there are approximately 250 different species of the cinnamon plant scattered around the world, there are two main types:
- There's "true" cinnamon, also known as Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), from the Cinnamomum verum tree. Native to Sri Lanka and southern India, it’s described as tan-to-brown in color. Less common and more expensive, its oil contains about 50% to 63% cinnamaldehyde.
- The more common variety, called cassia, comes from the Cinnamomum cassia tree, or Cinnamomum aromaticum. Because it originated in Southern China, it is known as “Chinese” cinnamon but is now grown across Eastern and Southern Asia. It's the variety found in most stores and is comparatively less expensive with roughly 95% of its oil being cinnamaldehyde.
Unfortunately, most people don’t realize there are these two main types of cinnamon with many differences between them.
It’s important to know that cassia cinnamon contains undesirable levels of a chemical called coumarin. Coumarin is a powerful anticoagulant that has potential carcinogenic and toxic properties.
In contrast, Ceylon cinnamon has been shown to contain much lower, almost undetectable, levels of coumarin.
To say the least, Ceylon cinnamon is a healthier choice over the more commonly available cassia or Chinese cinnamon. And that’s why when looking for cinnamon, particularly in a supplement, it’s crucial you select Ceylon cinnamon.
Potent Antioxidants With Phenomenal Benefits*
Cinnamon contains specific antioxidant phytochemicals like epicatechin, camphene, eugenol, gamma-terpinene, phenols, polyphenols, salicylic acid and tannins.
Research has suggested that cinnamon’s antioxidant properties can help support overall metabolic health, including blood glucose levels, triglycerides and cholesterol levels in the normal range.* One such study showed improvements in all these areas while no significant changes were observed in the placebo groups.
Along with other bioactive components and the high-flavonoid content that may be synergistic with vitamins and minerals, here’s a summary of the potential benefits these potent cinnamon antioxidants offer by how they:
- Promote overall metabolic health.*
- Support normal blood glucose levels.*
- Help maintain cholesterol in the normal range.*
- Support healthy triglyceride levels.*
- Promote overall cardiovascular health.*
- Aid in promoting a normal inflammatory response.*
- Support cognitive function and brain health.*
- Help support digestive health.*
To help optimize the powerful antioxidants in cinnamon, and at the same time, avoid risky levels of coumarin, here’s more on why it’s important to focus in on Ceylon cinnamon.
Ceylon Cinnamon’s Hidden Key for Blood Glucose and Cholesterol Health Support*
The major polyphenolic component found in cinnamon, called “proanthocyanidins,” are present in flowers, nuts, fruits, bark and seeds of various plants. Functioning as a defense against biotic and abiotic stressors, their astringency protects the plants from pathogens and predators.
As condensed tannins with various phytochemical properties, proanthocyanidins are considered “offense and defense” molecules because while they serve as protection from predators, they also provide an array of health benefits to humans.
The validation of their diverse health aspects, including potent antioxidant properties, has earned them high standing in thermochemistry.
Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Ceylon cinnamon) bark and fruit contain proanthocyandins with doubly linked bis-flavan-3-ol (flavanol) units in the molecule.
With Ceylon cinnamon, proanthocyanidins are key to many of cinnamon’s potential benefits, including supporting your overall metabolic health as well as healthy blood glucose and cholesterol levels.*
How Our Biodynamic® Ceylon Cinnamon Takes Organic to the Next Level
There are many organic cinnamon options available in the marketplace today, even some with Ceylon cinnamon, but you don’t have to stop at just organic.
While Certified Organic is a high-quality standard that helps you avoid harmful synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and genetically engineered ingredients (GEs), raw ingredients from crops may still lack important nutrients if the soil where they were grown lacks those nutrients.
A step above organic, Certified Biodynamic® farming utilizes regenerative farming methods with a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach, creating a self-sustaining ecosystem.
Striving for a higher standard, we worked exclusively with our Demeter Certified Biodynamic® farmers to offer you a Ceylon cinnamon supplement with our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Cinnamon, certified by the platinum standard for high-quality nutritious foods and raw ingredients.
Let’s take a closer look at how Demeter Certified Biodynamic® compares to the National Organic Program’s (NOP’s) Certified Organic standards:
|Allows imported organic fertilizers
||Reduces imported materials by utilizing nutrient-rich humus created within the farming system
|Allows imported organic pesticides
||Creation of biologically diverse habitat encourages balanced predator prey relationships
|Does not require the use of livestock
||Integrates livestock to improve soils
|Does not address the rotation of crops
||Promotes crop rotation and makes intensive use of cover crops (green manure) to add nutrients to the soil
|Organic feed for livestock can come from anywhere in the world
||50% of livestock feed must be grown on the farm
|No requirement for biodiversity
||10% of total farm acreage must be set aside for biodiversity
|Focused on crops and allows only one section of a farm to be certified
||Focused on farms and requires that the whole farm be certified
|Product certification focuses mainly on ingredients used
||Product certification uses 12 Biodynamic® processing standards so the agricultural ingredients used define the product
We’re excited to bring you our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Cinnamon, the very first cinnamon supplement tablet ever to bear the Demeter Certified Biodynamic® distinctive symbol on its label.
And we could have stopped right here… but we wanted to provide you even more with our total cinnamon formula package.
Busting Through the Bioavailability Barrier With Enhanced Fermentation
Just like many nutrients we take into our bodies, the bioavailability of proanthocyanidins in Ceylon cinnamon presents a challenge.
Proanthocyanidins consist of tannins, which are able to survive within the gut to reach your small intestine. Once there, they are broken down into their lesser monomer forms (catechins, epicatechins and gallic acid) by the intestinal microflora where they are absorbed.
Since the molecular size of the intact proanthocyanidins is too large to be absorbed in the stomach, they do not break down and only become bioavailable when they reach the small intestine.
This is the essence behind the bioavailability challenge with proanthocyanidins.
Our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Cinnamon formula overcomes this bioavailability challenge by utilizing innovative and enhanced fermentation processes:
- By employing a fermentation process, the bioavailability and absorption of the beneficial bioactive compounds (including proanthocyanidins) within the fermented Ceylon cinnamon can begin in the stomach. In effect, fermentation metabolizes and breaks down the proanthocyanidins into their monomer forms for enhanced bioavailability.
- Any remaining proanthocyanidins that stay intact are further broken down and absorbed in the small intestine, providing a more bioavailable total supply of beneficial cinnamon compounds.
- As cinnamon itself tends to counteract the normal bacterial fermentation process, an exclusive enhanced type of fermentation was developed from scratch for our formula. This upgraded fermentation process handles the bacterial counteraction and ensures the highest quality fermented cinnamon.
Our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Cinnamon is the very first time a cinnamon tablet has combined “true” Ceylon cinnamon with the benefits of biodynamics and fermentation.
A Source of Ceylon Cinnamon Second to None
It all begins with the cinnamon, specifically “true” Ceylon cinnamon.
Without an extraordinary source of Ceylon cinnamon, all our innovative processes to make Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Cinnamon the best in the world could go for naught.
To ensure the highest overall quality of our product, we sourced our biodynamic, raw Ceylon cinnamon direct from Sri Lanka. With exemplary experience, quality assurance, best practices and certifications, our exclusive partner:
- Is one of the largest Ceylon cinnamon exporters in the world.
- Brings more than 30 years of experience in the spice field with inherited knowledge from ancestors on eco-friendly, sustainable and nature-conserving agriculture.
- Sources the highest-quality, raw cinnamon ingredients by utilizing select local farming communities that are devoted to biodynamic principles of agriculture.
- Employs the highest food safety certification for its processes – FSSC 22000 (a GFSI recognized food safety management system).
- Has established processing steps and quality-control measures to analyze pesticide residues, toxins and microbiological quality to assure compliance using reputed European and U.S. laboratories.
- Exports its high-quality spices (including Ceylon cinnamon) backed by top tier certifications including: USDA Organic, Fairtrade International and Demeter Certified Biodynamic®.
- Collaborates with a mature and deep-rooted biodynamic farmer base that ensures the security of their supply chain and supports their passionate belief that the farmers are the ultimate wealth of their company.
With your purchase of our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Cinnamon, you are helping to support this organization’s sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices along with the local farmers and their communities.
The Best of the Best Ceylon Cinnamon Supplement
As a phenomenal tropical spice prized for thousands of years, cinnamon holds tremendous potential to help promote your overall metabolic health, including support for blood glucose, triglycerides and cholesterol levels in the normal range.*
With our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Cinnamon you not only get a formula exclusively sourced from “true” Ceylon cinnamon from our experienced Sri Lanka partner, our supplement combines the benefits of biodynamic agriculture and innovative fermentation into a single tablet.
As this is the second biodynamic and fermented tablet of any kind ever produced (our award-winning Moringa was the first), we are thrilled to be leading the world in this type of supplement innovation so we can continue to bring you the best of the best.
We strongly believe biodynamic is the wave of the future and exactly what’s needed to ensure that soils around the world can continue to support agriculture and feed the planet.
Experience the difference biodynamics and fermentation make by ordering your Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Cinnamon today.