Cinnamon is a spice commonly used to bring life to both sweet and savory dishes – cinnamon rolls, biscuits, apple cinnamon crumble, curries and even other viands. The possibilities are endless. But did you know that Cinnamon also has medicinal properties?
In ancient times, the Chinese and Egyptians were known to use the bark as both spice and tea to treat illnesses such as chronic gastrointestinal disorders, colds, sore throat, and cardiovascular diseases. 1
Recent studies have proven that cinnamon has a lot of medical benefits. Some of them are:
- It helps regulate blood glucose metabolism. Studies have shown that cinnamon triggers cells by removing glucose from the blood. It is believed to have an insulin-like effect by increasing insulin sensitivity, thus improving blood sugar levels and lipid levels specifically in patients diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. 2
- It helps the immune system. The immune system works as our body’s defense against foreign organisms. Cinnamon’s essential oils and other preparations are known to be anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-microbial which assists the immune system’s process of protection. 3
- It reduces the risk of heart disease. Heart disease and lipid disorders are known complications of diabetes. Diabetics are more prone to these cholesterol-related impediments. Controlled studies of cinnamon ingestion in type-2 diabetics revealed an average decrease in LDL (or bad) cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) while HDL (or good) cholesterol becomes stable. 4
IntegrAid Cinnamon Extract is a natural dietary supplement which aids in blood sugar metabolism. To know more about it, consult your doctor.
 Rafie Hamidpour, et al., “Cinnamon from the selection of traditional applications to its novel effects on the inhibition of angiogenesis in cancer cells and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, and a series of functions such as antioxidant, anticholesterol, antidiabetes, antibacterial, antifungal, nematicidal, acaracidal, and repellent activities”, Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, April 2015, Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4488098/
 Hugues, Stacey, “Cinnamon for Lowering Blood Sugar Levels”, verywellhealth.com, August 22, 2019, Retrieved from https://www.verywellhealth.com/efficacy-of-cinnamon-for-diabetes-treatment-1087108
 Pasupuleti Visweswara Rao, et al., “Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant”, published online April 10, 2014, Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003790/
 Leech, Joe MS, “10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon”, healthline, July 5, 2018, Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon#section4