What Is Cinnamon Good For?


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According to Medical News Today, the U.S. National Library of Medicine states that cinnamon is used to treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, colds, loss of appetite and erectile dysfunction. Cinnamon is also used to lower blood sugar levels in people who suffer from type 1 and type 2 diabetes, though as of 2014 there is no significant scientific research to support the benefits of cinnamon as a medical treatment.

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Other studies on the benefits of cinnamon found that it may aid in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, treat HIV and halt the destructive processes of multiple sclerosis. Consuming at least 6 grams of cinnamon each day improves glucose and lipid levels in patients who have type 2 diabetes. Studies also show that consuming cinnamon reduces the levels of serum glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and overall cholesterol levels of patients with type 2 diabetes, while also reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in diabetes patients.

The National Institutes of Health found that Chinese cinnamon contains a chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which fights bacterial and fungal infections. Another study conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University found that an extract called CEppt, which is found in cinnamon bark, contains properties that inhibit or slow down the process of the development of Alzheimer's disease due to its antiviral properties.

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