Cinnamon is a spice from the inner bark of the Cinnanomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum tree. Traditionally it was an extremely rare and valuable spice that only kings could enjoy. However, due to intensive cultivation methods it’s less expensive today.
Cinnamon contains a bioactive compound called cinnamaldehyde which researchers believe is responsible for cinnamon’s benefits.
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1. Helps Lower Blood Sugar
Cinnamon is thought to improve insulin sensitivity through the insulin sensitizing effects of some polyphenols. Researchers also say that cinnamon may help prevent and alleviate type 2 diabetes.1
In a trial of 60 people with type 2 diabetes cinnamon supplementation reduced average fasting blood glucose by 29% and the researchers noted cinnamon can reduce the risk factors associated with diabetes.2
Another trial on 79 participants with type 2 diabetes also found cinnamon reduced fasting blood sugar by 10.3%.3
Cinnamon was also shown to significantly reduce HbA1c in a trial with 58 participants.4
Cinnamon may help lower blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity.
2. Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory
Antioxidants are compounds that fight the harmful effects of free radicals and reactive oxygen species which can cause inflammation.
Cinnamon ranks the highest in antioxidant activity out of 26 different spices.12
In a 2009 study cinnamon was shown to reduce oxidative stress by improving the antioxidant status in 22 participants.13
3. Helps Lower Cholesterol
In the same trial on 60 people above, researchers found that cinnamon also reduced triglycerides by 30%, LDL cholesterol by 27% and total cholesterol by 26%. The authors also noted cinnamon may help reduce the risk factors of associated with cardiovascular disease.2
In the 2009 study cited above, the authors also note that cinnamon could help reduce the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.13
Cinnamon can act as an antioxidant and help reduce inflammation.
4. Menstrual Disorders
In a 2018 randomized double-blind clinical trial on women with dysmenorrhea or pelvic pain during menstruation, researchers found that the women who received cinnamon experienced a significant pain reduction compared to the placebo.14
Cinnamon may help decrease pelvic pain during menstruation.
Cinnamon is an important plant that may help lower blood sugar and reduce inflammation in addition to other benefits.*
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