Amazing Cinnamon Cures

Cinnamon is one of the world’s most ancient spices, and yet still today is one of the most popular characters in the spice rack.

BY: Jo Ann LeQuang

 

Cinnamon is one of the world’s most ancient spices, and yet still today is one of the most popular characters in the spice rack. Interest in cinnamon recently picked up when a study found that cinnamon, taken as a food, could help regulate blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes (the more common form of diabetes).

Cinnamon has also been shown in clinical studies to lower triglycerides and total cholesterol after about 40 days. There are also studies that suggest that eugenol, a compound in cinnamon, can kill viruses in a test tube. Killing a virus in a test tube (in vitro antiviral properties) is important, but does not necessarily mean the same substance can knock out a virus in your body. However, it has led to intensified research into cinnamon. More recently, scientists are looking at cinnamon as a potential anti-cancer agent.

Cinnamon may be a nutritional powerhouse. With all of this focus on humble cinnamon, how do we get more cinnamon in our diet? Investigators recommend that ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks (the kind you can get in the grocery store) should be consumed as part of the diet. There is no need to take cinnamon tablets, supplements, or go to extreme measures. Even adding small amounts of cinnamon to the diet on a regular basis may have health benefits. If your only concept of cinnamon starts and ends at the Cinnabon® counter, read on.

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