Research Shows the Medicinal Properties of Cinnamon
Scientists have long suspected that cinnamon has health benefits. Cultures around the globe have believed for many millennia that cinnamon has medicinal properties. Now, emerging research shows that there are many health benefits of cinnamon.
A study presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting suggests cinnamon may be a metabolic powerhouse. Amy Stockert, associate professor of biochemistry at Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy, has been studying cinnamon for years. Her research has shown study participants with type-2 diabetes who took daily cinnamon supplements saw greater reductions in blood sugar than those who received a placebo.
Science Shows There Are Many Health Benefits of Cinnamon
- Anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a driver of disease. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties which may help fight off disease.
- Blood sugar and anti-diabetic effect. Diabetes and obesity are our most significant healthcare challenges today. Cinnamon has blood sugar lowering properties and can mimic insulin.
- Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases. Cinnamon compounds seem to help protect against Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases. Compounds found in cinnamon help stop “tangles” of the protein, tau. Cinnamon slows or stops the tau protein from forming in the brain.
- Fights infections. Cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This inhibits the growth of some bacteria and helps fight infections.