5 Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon

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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon

You probably think of cinnamon as a spice to mix with drinks in the Fall and then forget about it. That’s typically when it starts to be seen in everywhere. Lattes, ciders, and any number of other dishes. It’s a staple of the holiday season in America at this point.  But long before we were spicing our holiday beverages with it, cinnamon was being used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat respiratory and digestive problems for centuries. It was more valuable than gold. Was there any truth to to these medical claims? Let’s take a look. 

  1. Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 diabetes – A few studies have shown that cinnamon helps with insulin sensitivity and glucose transport while at the same time decreasing inflammation. Another small study of 18 people with type 2 diabetes showed cinnamon was more effective than diet alone in lowering blood glucose levels. In fact, the study found that it was comparable to oral diabetes medications!
  2. Cinnamon can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL) – A study of 60 people with type 2 diabetes found that small doses of cinnamon reduced blood sugar levels and improved LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol.  This is thanks to the fact that cinnamon improves serum glucose, lowering fasting blood glucose, and reducing triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol, while also raising HDL cholesterol. This is all possible with as little as 1 to 6 grams, or a few teaspoons.
  3. Cinnamon can help treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s – There are many breakthroughs in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and what everyone can do to prevent and improve memory loss. Cinnamon has been shown to help neurons and improve motor function in those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The antioxidants in cinnamon are also being studied for their impact on the formation of the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Cinnamaldehyde, the compound responsible for the spice’s sweet smell, and epicatechin, a powerful antioxidant seem to offer some protection against the oxidative stress that damages tau, a key player in the development of dementia.
  4. Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties – Cinnamon has been proven to fight fungal, bacterial, and viral elements in foods, thus preventing spoilage. It’s no surprise that in the Middle Ages, when food spoilage was far more frequent due to lack of refrigeration, many recipes, both sweet and savoury, were flavoured with the spice. Studies have also shown that cinnamon extract may help fight the HIV virus. One study found that green tea, elderberry and some extracts of cinnamon rich in flavonoids blocked the virus from entering and infecting certain cells.
  5. Cinnamon has anti-ageing properties – One study found that cinnamon was as effective as resveratrol, the antioxidant in red wine known for its anti-ageing properties, in activating SIRT-1 — also known as the longevity gene because of its role in repairing DNA.

As you can see there are a number of great healthy benefits of cinnamon. And you don’t need to wait for Fall to enjoy these benefits. Sprinkle a couple teaspoons into your oatmeal, mix a bit into your tea, enjoy the great taste and get healthy at the same time! 



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About Dr. Jenny:

Dr. Jenny is a Naturopathic Doctor and clinical research associate. She is a successful entrepreneur as the CEO/Proprietor of AgeVital Pharmacies in Sarasota, Florida. She is a charismatic media personality and television producer with regular appearances on ABC, NBC, TBN, CBS, the CW and up coming show on Lifetime. As a health and wellness expert and educator, Dr. Jenny lectures all around the world at various conferences about the endocannabinoid system and functional integrative healthcare and how natural solutions work to treat a multitude of disease and illness. She is currently authoring books about the endocannabinoid system for healthcare practitioners and consumers.
She is the President and Chairman of The American Academy of the Endocannabinoid System (AAECS) and sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (ABMMP)Her expansive credentials include a Board Certification at The American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners – (ABAAHP), a Diplomate of the AAIM College of Nutrition and a Board Certification with the (AAIM) Board of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jenny is also a member of the American Academy Of Anti-Aging Medicine, serves as a senior business and financial advisor for Nuvusio and the medical director for Biom-Pharmaceuticals and Chief Scientific Officer And Medical Director for M3. 
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