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Do honey and cinnamon help treat arthritis?

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As of 2012, there have been no studies investigating whether or not honey and cinnamon can provide relief from arthritis pain. While honey and cinnamon are claimed to be natural remedies for arthritis pain, Arthritis Self-Management traces the original claim to a satirical tabloid article from 1995.

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Honey is well known for its antibacterial properties when applied topically, reports Arthritis Self-Management. It is also used to kill bacteria that may be causing a sore throat while simultaneously providing relief from the pain; however, honey and arthritis have no links. The high sugar content in honey can cause blood sugar levels to rise, which can poorly affect people with diabetes.

Although cinnamon is listed as a remedy for digestive issues and colds, there is no scientific evidence verifying these claims, according to Arthritis Self-Management. Cinnamon may be able to help people with type 2 diabetes, however. A few studies have indicated that cinnamon may help lower blood glucose levels, but results have been inconsistent and inconclusive. Cinnamon is not harmful when taken as a supplement.

While no diet can cure arthritis, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish, walnuts and soybeans can help reduce inflammation and pain, reports the Arthritis Foundation. Cherries appear to decrease the frequency of gout attacks, and broccoli contains a compound that may prevent osteoarthritis or slow the rate at which the disease progresses.

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