Cassia Powder-Usage & Health Benefits

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cassiaCassia Powder is the ground form of the aromatic bark and is closely related to Ceylon cinnamon, but more economical. Cassia sticks are thicker, more difficult to powder. The characteristic flavor and aroma of the spice comes an essential oil of the bark called ‘cinnamonaldehyde’. There are countless uses and benefits of cassia powder, lets get to know about a few of then in the sections that follow.


 


Uses of Cassia Powder


1. Culinary


Cassia powder is an inexpensive alternative for the smoother ceylon cinnamon. Though both varieties are texturally different, cassia powder acts as an excellent substitute as it too, is very aromatic. This coarser variety is added to ceylon cinnamon to make it more economical and sold commercially. Cassia powder is used as a flavoring agent for confectionery, desserts, pastries, and meat. There are certain curries and gravies that are made only with cassia not ceylon cinnamon.


 


2. Cosmetic


Cassia powder is used as a natural hair dye, as it colors grey hair to a pale blond color. It also naturally conditions and adds shine to the hair leaving it silky smooth.


 


3. Medicinal


It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine, and also known to improve energy, vitality, and circulation. In Ayurveda it is used as a remedy for diabetes, indigestion, and colds. Nutritionally it is a good source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. It is a tonic, carminative, stimulant, antibacterial and antifungal agent and has good antioxidant propertied. Successful clinical trials have found it to be effective in the management of diabetes mellitus.  However, certain agencies prohibit excessive use of cassia due to a toxic component called 'coumarin' present in it.


 


Health benefits of Cassia Powder


Chinese cinnamon has been established as a therapeutic agent both traditionally and scientifically. Here is how it benefits your body


 


  • Reduces fasting blood glucose levels and enhances insulin sensitivity

  • Lowers blood pressure levels among hypertensives

  • Reduces blood triglycerides and cholesterol, especially LDL cholesterol

  • Cures flatulence, diarrhea, indigestion

  • Fights cold

  • Reduces menstrual cramps

  • Arrests even medicine resistant yeast infections

  • Reduces proliferation of cancerous cells in leukemia and lymphoma

  • It has blood anti clotting properties

  • Relives arthritis related pain

  • Boosts cognitive function and memory

  • Eliminates bad breath


 


If you thought this is all that cassia had to offer, you are mistaken. Cassia leaves are equally good for you, to know more read our article on Cassia Leaf Benefits.


 


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