Current cinnamon research studies are targeting cinnamon's powerful anti-bacterial, anti-candida, and antiviral properties and health benefits, as well as many other wellness benefits of this versatile, delicious spice.
As we become more knowledgeable about - and take more responsibility for - our own wellness, many of us turn first to natural alternatives when we're not feeling well or just aren't at our physical or emotional best.
Traditional medicine has shared with us remedies that have stood the test of time - such as herbal tisanes (like cinnamon tea), which are healthy, safe, effective ways to treat a wide range of common aches, pains, and ailments.
Current cinnamon research is providing even more support for the multitude of health and wellness benefits of cinnamon. Here is more current cinnamon research (if you missed our other Cinnamon Tea Research pages, they begin here).
A 2009 German study looked at the efficiency of a number of essential oils in fighting certain antibiotic-resistant infections, including three strains of the Candida fungus.
In this in vitro (test-tube) study, the researchers found that four essential oils - Cinnamon, Lemon, Thyme white, and Lemongrass - showed impressive antimicrobial properties and were especially effective at inhibiting Candida (a number of other essential oils were shown to provide quite effective antimicrobial benefits, as well).
If you'd like to read more, you'll find the research abstract for this study here.
A similar laboratory study at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Araraquara, Brazil, in 2011 also found cinnamon oil to be a natural, very effective means of controlling Candida (including Candida parapsilosis, Candida orthopsilosis, and Candida albicans strains). Click here to learn more about this study.
Another research project targeting Candida infections studied the effects of cinnamon oil and pogostemon oil both in vitro and with study participants.
In the test-tube portion of the study, three strains of Candida (Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, and Candida krusei) were treated with cinnamon oil and pogostemon oil complexes. The structure and form of the treated cells were studied using electronic microscopy over a period of 72 hours, during which time the cells were damaged and eventually destroyed by the oil complexes.
The 60 patients who participated in the study had each been diagnosed with intestinal Candida infection. Over the course of the study, each participant was treated with capsules containing cinnamon and pogostemon oil. Following the treatment, 43 of the 60 were cured of their infection, and the remainder of the participants experienced improvement in their condition.
The researchers concluded that the cinnamon oil and pogostemon oil complexes were very effective in curing intestinal Candida infections.
This study took place in 2012 at the Second Hospital of Hebei Medical University in Hebei, China. If you'd like to learn more about this interesting research, please click here.
About half of all adult women (and many men) will experience at least one UTI (urinary tract infection) in their lifetime. Left untreated, this common bacterial infection can lead to other serious complications, such as kidney infection.
A 2010 laboratory study at the University of Connecticut in Connecticut, USA, suggests that cinnamon may prove to be an effective anti-bacterial agent in helping to fight and even prevent UTIs.
In this study, uropathogenic E. coli (which is the bacteria responsible for most UTIs) was treated with various concentrations of trans-cinnamaldehyde (an ingredient in cinnamon oil).
The research found that the uropathogenic E. coli (which was resistant to common antibiotics) could be prevented by the trans-cinnamaldehyde. Research results also showed that trans-cinnamaldehyde could inactivate existing E. coli. The study found, as well, that human bladder cells experienced no toxic effects from the various tested concentrations.
Interested in reading more? You'll find the abstract for this study here.
A comprehensive review of research articles from 1970 to 2012 about treatment strategies for UTIs was published in 2013. This meta-review listed cinnamon as one of the most-studied plants for prevention or management of UTIs, noting research showing trans-cinnamaldehyde's effective antibacterial properties against E. coli, Salmonella Typhimurium, Clostridium botulinum, and other troublesome bacteria.
The authors suggested that this information warrants additional research targeting cinnamon's potential for managing and preventing UTIs. Please click here to read this interesting meta-review.
The authors of this meta-review also referred to another fascinating research study showing that, while resistance to antibiotics is an ongoing treatment concern, the possibility of bacteria developing resistance to anti-bacterial plants is comparatively small (you'll find the abstract for this additional study here).
There is more to come... keep reading about research about cinnamon here!
The health and wellness benefits this unassuming spice can provide are truly amazing! And, even though we tend to take cinnamon for granted, enjoying a cup of cinnamon tea is a simple step that you can take to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental health.
Cinnamon research aside, don't forget to stay informed about potential cinnamon tea risks and side effects, and check with your herbal practitioner or healthcare professional to ensure cinnamon tea is a safe, healthy choice for you and your family.