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10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Last updated on March 23, 2006

Cinnamon Powder and SticksCinnamon has long been a popular spice in baking and cooking. Research has found that it is not only delicious but it’s healthy, too. Just make sure that you’re buying true cinnamon and not cassia, which is often sold as cinnamon in stores.

Here are 10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon that may make you want to include it in your diet every day.

Lower Cholesterol
Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

Blood Sugar Regulation
Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Yeast Infection Help
In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

Cancer Prevention
In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

Arthritis Relief
In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

Brain Health
One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

E. Coli Fighter
Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

High in Nutrients
It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

If you’re ready to start taking cinnamon as a natural remedy, check out the 4 Best Cinnamon Powders to see what the best true cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon, is according to user reviews.

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108 Comments on "10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon"

3 years 4 months ago

I am a borderline diabetic and last year my blood results were up even more, I have just found out about the benefits of cinnamon for diabetics so now I am having 1 teaspoon of cinnamon on my cereal every day so I will see how my blood tests are in June, I will let you all know. Thanks

3 years 4 months ago

I know a lot of persons who consume more than they burn and they still remain slim. I want your answers on that. See, those rules dont work every time.

Nurse Mel
4 years 3 months ago

Hi… which cinnamon do you use? is it from walmart? and how much do you take at a time? I will let my husband know…. I like your whoooo hooooo comment!

4 years 3 months ago

There is one more benefit I have yet to see here. Though I didn’t read every single posting. I have been taking Cinnamon pills for yrs. It really hasn’t help lower my sugar. I am on diabetes medications for type 2. I was taking Cinnamon pills for another reason. I’m a 54 yr old man. Some of us at 54 have some problems in the relations area with there spouse. I was taking that little blue pill for help. Because of Ins change, I had to pay for that pill out of pocket. Those damn pills are $10.00 a piece. A friend of mine told me to start taking an over the counter Cinnamon pill I can buy at any Walmart. Lets just say I’m doing MUCH MUCH better now. No more problems in that area anymore. Woooooohooooooooo….
What I say here may not work for everyone. Its worth a try though. Beats having to buy those blue pills.

6 years 3 months ago

I’ve been taking Cinnamon Capsules daily for at least 4 – 5 years. I don’t have any known health problems, I just take Cinnamon to keep my blood sugar in check. It definitely works, I’ve tested it myself with a Blood Glucose Tester I bought down town. — Cinnamon also calms me a little and keeps me from getting crabby. I’ve heard it’s an antioxidant (neutralizes free radicals which are what cause us to age) … and that it helps lower triglyceride levels. So I can definitely see how it could help someone lose weight, as it safely aids in sugar and fat metabolism. — One thing I’d like to add is that Cinnamon is a good source of Manganese and a Manganese deficiency, according to the FDA, is the cause of Carpal Tunnel. Anyways, I type a lot and play guitar, still no Carpal Tunnel even though I was starting to feel tightening in my hands and wrists before I started taking cinnamon. — My Grandma said you’re not suppose to take Cinnamon if you’re on High Blood Pressure Medicine. Maybe it’ll lower your blood pressure too much, I’m not sure but I’ll bookmark this, call a dietitian I know and update u guys maybe in a few days. – And finally, to answer someone’s question, Cinnamon is Fat Soluble and is stored in the liver. So … yes u could over-dose but you’d have to eat a ton.

6 years 3 months ago

I’ve heard about “fake” cinnamon, but just what would be used as a replacement cinnamon?

6 years 4 months ago

I know without a doubt the cinnamon helps with diabeties. I was taking 1000mg. of metformin and the doctor wanted to raise it to 15oomg. I said let me try the cinamon for three months. I took two 500mg. of cinnamon a day and now my sugar goes from 84 to 110 (if I eat to much sweets).

6 years 5 months ago

I understand the big difference in true cinnamon from Ceylon (thinner bark) and regular cinnamon you find everywhere is the levels of coumarin. Only trace amounts in true vs. high levels in typical cinnamon. I have read SO MANY cinnamon articles and I can’t get to the bottom line of exactly how much coumarin is in cinnamon. Coumarin is in strawberries too. They make synthetic coumarin to treat toenail fungus, which is probly why cinnamon has been shown to be good for treating candida/yeast which is a fungus. I would like to see a number telling me how much coumarin is in say 100 grams of cinnamon vs. say 100 grams of strawberries. Anyone?

6 years 5 months ago

Read ALL the comments before asking your questions.
For Cinnamon to be harmful to your liver you would have to take ridiculous amounts EVERY day.
But it IS true that its better to boil the bark or the ground Cinnamon.

Buck Dallas
6 years 5 months ago

I employed cinnamon sticks, freshly ground in a coffee grinder, on my oatmeal with freshly ground flax seed.
Both my total cholesterol and my triglycerides have dropped below 100 for the past two (2) years now.
Of course, moderate yet daily exercise and a health minded diet help as well.
The cinnamon sticks I use are BADIA’s (9 oz pkgd in FL USA) for under $4.00. I share them with friends, family and the like, handing out if not sending out packages of the stuff.
And too, I re-use/re-purpose the empty Badia cinnamon/spice containers to better keep the flax seed and other grains I buy in bulk. Anything high in omega fatty acids I store in these easy-pour containers and keep refrigerated so the oils don’t spoil. Flax seed and unroasted, unsalted almonds and walnuts I more often buy in bulk, and when its on sale!