The sweet and spicy flavor of cinnamon has been used by many different cultures for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.

One of the most talked about benefits of this aromatic spice relates to type 2 diabetes. A study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It also reduces triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels among this group.

Other benefits include:
  • Supports digestive function

  • Constricts and tones tissues

  • Relieves congestion

  • Relieves pain and stiffness of muscles and joints

  • Blood-thinning compounds that stimulate circulation

  • Anti-inflammatory compounds that may relieve arthritis

  • Helps prevent urinary tract infections, tooth decay and gum disease

  • It’s a powerful anti-microbial agent that can kill E. coli and other bacteria


Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care, 2003


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This page was last updated on 11/22/05.