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Ceylon cinnamon is an ingredient in my golden paste recipe and if you’ve ever wondered why it has to be Ceylon cinnamon and not just regular ole’ cinnamon (Cassia) from the spice aisle of the grocery store, then this is the right post for you.
Benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon
The following are benefits for humans, however, I believe that many things that promote good health in humans will translate to our dogs too.
- Promotes anti-inflammatory responses in the body
- Rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants
- Boosts immune system health
- Helps the body repair tissue damage and fights infection
- Lowers blood sugar levels and reduces insulin resistance
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Lowers blood pressure
- Inhibits the growth of listeria, salmonella, and other bacteria
- Prevents the cat pee smell when feeding golden paste to dogs
All cinnamon is good for us, but Cassia cinnamon (the less expensive spice we find in the spice aisle of the grocery store) has a component called coumarin that I’ve read can be harmful in large doses, which is why it’s not recommended for golden paste. Ceylon cinnamon is lower in courmarin, making it the safe and more beneficial option for humans and our dogs.
Is Ceylon Cinnamon a Requirement for Golden Paste?
No, not unless you can’t stand the cat pee smell. Not all dogs will develop the scent. In our house, only Sydney had the smell and it was always on the top of her head. I tried just washing her head, but the smell never went away.
Where to Buy Ceylon Cinnamon
I buy Ceylon in the natural/health section of my grocery store where you have to weigh your spices. I don’t add much to my golden paste, a couple of tablespoons, so a small bag will last several months. I store it in the cupboard with my dogs' dry supplements (digestive supplement, Canine System Saver, Nzymes, etc.).
You can also order Ceylon cinnamon online and if you choose to go this route, be sure to buy from a reputable source.