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7 Health Benefits Of Cinnamon

Last updated Oct. 31, 2018

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Cinnamon is an incredibly delicious spice found in much modern candy, desserts, cuisines, and drinks. It also has been valued for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Scientists and physicians began to investigate the spice and confirmed the therapeutic use of cinnamon. To learn more, watch this video on the 7 Health Benefits Of Cinnamon.


Cinnamon is an incredibly delicious spice found in much modern candy, desserts, cuisines, and drinks. It also has been valued for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Scientists and physicians began to investigate the spice and confirmed the therapeutic use of cinnamon.

There are two main types of cinnamon:

  • Cinnamomum verum (Ceylon cinnamon), most commonly used in the Western world.
  • Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon), which originates from southern China, is typically less expensive than Ceylon cinnamon.

Here are the 7 health benefits of cinnamon.

1.     Cinnamon may reduce “bad” cholesterol levels.

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is commonly known as the “bad” cholesterol because it helps add plaque -- a thick, hard deposit that can potentially clog arteries and make them less flexible. A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine showed that cinnamon could help control LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes

2.     Cinnamon may contribute to improving glucose levels. 

A study, published in Diabetes Care, reported that consuming up to six grams of cinnamon per day reduces blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

3.     Cinnamon may decrease the adverse effects of fatty meals.

According to Penn State researchers, eating a diet rich spices like cinnamon demonstrated a 13 percent rise in antioxidant activity in the blood and had a 20 percent lower insulin response.

4.     Cinnamon may protect against multiple sclerosis.

A neurological scientist at Rush University Medical Center suggests that cinnamon has an anti-inflammatory property to thwart and inhibit the glial (brain supporter cells) activation that causes brain cell death.

5.     Cinnamon may protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

Tel Aviv University researchers suggest that an extract found in cinnamon bark, called CEppt may not only defend against the development of the disease but may also help cure  Alzheimer’s disease after the damaging molecules have already formed.

6.     Cinnamon may help treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

Cinnamon may help treat men with erectile dysfunction. A study published in the Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science conducted an animal study and found that a diet high in cinnamon increased the production of hormones responsible for the proliferation of sex cells.  

7.     Cinnamon may help alleviate aching joints. 

Individuals have claimed that cinnamon has helped them with their aching joints. Also, the Department of Internal Medicine, Kangnam Korean Hospital showed that cinnamon can reduce cytokines linked to arthritic pain.

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First uploaded: June 8, 2014
Last updated: Oct. 31, 2018