Current research about cinnamon tea benefits supports what traditional wisdom has known and valued about this powerful spice for centuries.
The medicinal benefits of spices and herbs have been recognized by many cultures around the world for centuries, and today, scientific studies are providing additional support for the knowledge that has been passed down to us through the years.
Traditionally, cinnamon is well known for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, as an effective remedy for upset stomach, for its ability to help stabilize blood sugar, and much more.
Current research about the benefits of cinnamon is focusing on these and many more properties of this spice, including the following...
An American study in 2009 targeting the effectiveness of cinnamon in helping to manage blood sugar for those with type 2 diabetes found that this spice may be an effective addition to the usual patient care.
The 109 patients in this study ranged in age from childhood to older adulthood, and each had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Each participant was randomly assigned to one of two groups.
For the 90 days of the study, the first group received their usual care and were given cinnamon tablets (1 g each day), as well, while the second group received only their usual care during this time.
The study results showed that adding cinnamon to the usual care routine for type 2 diabetes was much more effective at lowering blood sugar levels than usual care alone.
Cinnamon and the treatment of type 2 diabetes was the focus of another study at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, China, in 2011.
In this study, the 66 participants (each of whom had type 2 diabetes) were randomly assigned to one of three groups, and received either 360 mg/day cinnamon extract, 120 mg/day cinnamon extract, or a placebo each day during the three months of the study.
Each patient also took gliclazide (a diabetic prescription medication) during the course of the research.
Research from this study showed that both the low-dose and the high-dose cinnamon groups experienced significantly reduced blood sugar levels, with no change found in the placebo group.
If you'd like to keep reading about this research, click here to find the study abstract.
A 2011 meta-analysis of clinical research about the effects of cinnamon on those with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes reviewed 8 randomized, placebo-controlled studies through May 2010 about cinnamon and/or cinnamon extract.
This analysis revealed that consuming cinnamon (either cinnamon or cinnamon extract) significantly improves fasting blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.
Another meta-analysis and review targeting cinnamon and type 2 diabetes evaluated 10 randomized controlled studies through February 2012.
This review established that consuming 120 mg/day to 6 g/day of cinnamon for 4 to 18 weeks will result in significantly lower blood sugar levels, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, and increased levels of HDL cholesterol.
Interested in reading more? The abstract for this meta-analysis can be found here.
Cinnamon's many health and wellness benefits have made this spice a popular subject for scientific researchers... You'll find more research about benefits of cinnamon tea here!
Cinnamon is such a beloved spice and so well-known for its wonderful aroma and distinctive taste that we tend to take it for granted. However, cinnamon is so much more than a spice you add to muffins or banana bread... This spice has been treasured for thousands of years for its amazing healing properties, and cinnamon herbal tea is a valuable addition to your tea cupboard that can help and heal you and your family in so many, many ways.
Does all of this reading about cinnamon tea benefits have you ready to enjoy a pot of cinnamon tea? Visit our Cinnamon Tea Recipe page for a simple, delicious recipe for cinnamon herbal tea.
And, please be sure to read about potential cinnamon tea side effects, risks, and contraindications before adding this tea to your (and your family's) daily routine. Learn more on our Cinnamon Side Effects page.