Current research about the benefits of cinnamon tells us that this spice can provide countless benefits for physical and mental health and wellness!
While that cinnamon tea (or cinnamon tea blend) in your tea cupboard may have found its way there because of the delightful taste and lovely aroma of this wonderful herbal tea, the benefits of cinnamon tea go far beyond flavor and fragrance!
Traditional and folk medicines have cherished cinnamon for many years for the multitude of ways this spice is so very good for us, and current scientific research is providing additional support for the benefits of cinnamon tea.
Keep reading to learn more about current cinnamon research (if you missed our previous cinnamon research pages, they begin here).
If you're feeling especially achy after your next workout, a cup of cinnamon tea may provide relief! According to a 2013 study at the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran, cinnamon (and ginger, as well) can significantly decrease muscle pain and soreness after an intense workout.
The participants in this study were 60 healthy female taekwondo competitors between the ages of 13 and 25.
After being randomly assigned to one of three groups, each of the young women received 3 g cinnamon, ginger, or placebo powder (depending on their assigned group) each day for the six weeks of the research.
Levels of inflammation and muscle soreness were evaluated at the beginning and again at the end of the study.
Forty-nine of the participants completed the study. While no significant difference was found in inflammation levels among the three groups, both the cinnamon group and the ginger group showed a substantial decrease in muscle soreness after intense workouts as compared to the placebo group.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects behavior, thought, memory, and language. Early research indicates that a simple but powerful spice - cinnamon - may provide protection against this devastating condition.
Recent research at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel, discovered that an extract found in cinnamon bark called 'CEppt' may hold the key to preventing the development of Alzheimer's.
In laboratory and animal testing, researchers have found that this cinnamon extract not only substantially slows the progression of the disease, but even shows signs of reversing Alzheimer's.
Further research is needed about the relationship between cinnamon and Alzheimer's disease, because these results were found with the cinnamon extract, rather than the spice itself. (Extremely high - and potentially toxic and dangerous - levels of cinnamon would be required to experience the same results.)
If you'd like to read more about this fascinating study, you can find the research article here.
Another recent study - this one at UC Santa Barbara in California in 2013 - shows that cinnamon may delay the onset or even help to prevent Alzheimer's.
This research shows that two compounds found in cinnamon (cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin), by providing cellular protection against oxidative stress, may thwart the development of the 'twists and tangles' in brain cells that typify Alzheimer's disease.
This isn't all of the current research about the benefits of cinnamon... Keep reading here about scientific research targeting cinnamon!
Many of us think first of over-the-counter medications or a visit to the clinic when feeling under the weather, but a well-stocked tea cupboard can provide help and healing for a multitude of common aches, pains, and complaints, and help to prevent many illnesses and health conditions, too.
Healthful teas can also provide support for current treatment or wellness plans for various health concerns.
Just be sure to stay informed about the possible side effects of any tea (you'll find our Cinnamon Tea Side Effects page here), and ask your herbal practitioner, naturopathic or homeopathic doctor, or other healthcare professional about any new tea you're thinking of adding to your diet, whether purely for enjoyment or to help manage or treat a specific health concern or ailment.