The multitude of cinnamon benefits for health range from easing digestive troubles to supporting mental health to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and much, much more.
For centuries, people have turned to herbs and spices to enhance the taste of food and drinks - and to help and heal their bodies, as well.
Passed from generation to generation, traditional wisdom about the healing powers of spices and herbs continues to benefit those of us who prefer and choose natural healing options whenever we can. And, current scientific research about cinnamon benefits is supporting traditional wisdom about this powerful spice.
Here is an overview of some of the current research about cinnamon benefits (if you're not really interested in the research, you'll find lots of information about the benefits of cinnamon - without the research details - here).
A 2003 study in the Department of Human Nutrition at NWFP Agricultural University in Peshawar, Pakistan, considered the effects of cinnamon on blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in those with type 2 diabetes.
The study's 60 participants, each of whom were over 40 years of age and had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, were randomly divided into six equal groups.
For 40 days, groups 1, 2, and 3 were given 1, 3, or 6 grams of cassia cinnamon respectively each day immediately following meals (one gram is approximately 1/3 teaspoon). At the same time, groups 4, 5, and 6 were given a corresponding number of placebo capsules.
Research results showed that each of the cinnamon groups experienced substantially lower blood sugar, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels following the 40-day period, while the placebo groups experienced no significant changes.
After the 40 days, the decrease in blood sugar levels was similar for all three cinnamon groups (1, 3, and 6 grams).
Participants' blood sugar levels were measured again following a 20-day 'washout' period (no cinnamon was consumed during this time), and blood sugar levels were still significantly lower in the group who had consumed 6 grams cinnamon each day.
The study researchers concluded that consuming cinnamon on a daily basis can lessen typical risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes.
People with type 2 diabetes tend to be at greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease, as well, and the researchers indicated that enjoying cinnamon tea on a daily basis can also help to reduce this risk. The researchers also suggested that regular intake of cinnamon can benefit those without diabetes, too, by helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
In 2006, researchers at the University of Hannover in Germany looked at the effect of cinnamon on blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
For the four months of the research, the 79 participants, who had been randomly assigned to one of two groups, were given either cinnamon extract (equivalent to 3 g cinnamon powder) or a placebo capsule three times per day.
None of the participants were on insulin therapy - each was being treated with prescription medication or a controlled diet.
This study found that cinnamon extract was substantially more effective than the placebo at reducing blood sugar levels in the 65 participants who completed the study. Please click here to read the abstract for this research.
Keep reading about current research focusing on the benefits of cinnamon for type 2 diabetes, as well as other benefits of cinnamon tea, here. Or, if you'd rather skip the research details and just read about cinnamon tea's benefits, instead, pay a visit to our Benefits of Cinnamon Tea page.
For centuries, we have enjoyed comforting, fragrant cinnamon tea for its enchanting taste and its multitude of health and wellness benefits, and both traditional wisdom and current scientific research agree that this spice is good for us in so many ways.
Why not brew yourself a pot of cinnamon tea? Not only will it fill your home with a soothing, spicy fragrance, but it will provide so many emotional and physical benefits for you, too.