Current scientific research about the health benefits of cinnamon tea is targeting cinnamon's benefits for type 2 diabetes, its cancer-fighting potential, its ability to fight infections, and much, much more.
Cinnamon tea is definitely one of our 'comfort teas,' with its familiar, soothing, slightly exotic taste and aroma. And this tea packs a powerful punch - its range of health and wellness benefits is truly impressive!
Although we know so much about the health benefits of cinnamon tea from traditional medicine, current research helps us learn even more about cinnamon's benefits.
Keep reading to discover more about cinnamon research and health (if you missed our previous cinnamon research pages, they begin here).
Early research suggests that cinnamon may be effective in fighting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
An in vitro (test-tube) study that took place at Kagoshima University in Japan in 2000 evaluated the effectiveness of a number of Indian medicinal plants against HIV-1 and HIV-2. The researchers found that cassia cinnamon was one of the most effective extracts against HIV.
The research abstract for this study can be found here, if you're interested in reading more.
Recent research about cinnamon's anti-bacterial benefits has proven this powerful spice to be a natural, inexpensive, effective way to fight infections - even those that have become resistant to antibiotics.
A 2009 laboratory (test-tube) study at the University of Kiel in Germany found cinnamon oil to be a potent treatment for several common bacterial infections, including six strains of Staphylococcus (including MRSA) and four strains of Streptococcus.
Other essential oils - Thyme white, Lemon, and Lemongrass - were also found to be very effective treatments against these infections. Learn more about this study here.
French researchers, in a 2008 study, also proved cinnamon oil to be a powerful treatment against Staphylococcus, E. coli, and numerous other antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
In this study, cinnamon oil was found to have the most impressive antimicrobial properties when compared to a dozen other essential oils also well-known as antimicrobial agents. Click here to read the abstract for this research.
Early laboratory research is suggesting that cinnamon may be an effective cancer preventive agent.
A 2010 study at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea looked at cinnamon's anti-tumor effects in vitro. Research results found that cassia cinnamon extract strongly inhibited tumor cell growth and encouraged cell death in lymphoma, melanoma, cervical, and colorectal cancer cells.
If you're interested, you can find this research article here.
Cinnamon extract was found to inhibit lymphoma and leukemia cancer cell proliferation dramatically in a test-tube study at the USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland in 2005.
And, the researchers discovered that the higher the concentration of cinnamon extract, the greater the reduction in the cell production.
And, now that you know more about what an amazing, powerful healer cinnamon herbal tea is, why not brew up a cup of this comforting tea? It's the perfect beverage for a chilly afternoon or evening, and its delightful aroma will soothe you and make your entire home seem warmer on even the coldest winter's evening.