Chewing on cinnamon sticks may provide a range of health benefits. Some studies suggest that cinnamon can lower cholesterol, treat inflammatory diseases including arthritis, regulate blood sugar and reduce the chance of getting cancer. Cinnamon can also be consumed in powder form.
Cinnamon comes from the bark of the genus of plants Cinnamomum. It has been used in both powder and stick form in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Despite the potential health benefits of consuming cinnamon, a doctor should be consulted before incorporating it into a diet. Cinnamon products may contain high levels of coumarin, which can complicate drug interactions and cause liver damage.