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7 Health Benefits of Consuming Cinnamon



Lately, I’ve been all about cinnamon. I’ve taken to sprinkling it in smoothies, on hot cereal and even on vegetables sometimes.

I also take about 500 mg daily of the new water-soluble cinnamon extract product we developed at Stop Aging Now.

In researching cinnamon’s health benefits as part of the development process, I’ve become convinced that it is a supplement just about anyone can benefit from.

Cinnamon has been used as both a culinary spice and medicinal herb for thousands of years. Recently however, groundbreaking research on cinnamon has led to some exciting discoveries in the areas of blood sugar control, weight loss, cardiovascular health and more.

Here are 7 evidence-based reasons to consume cinnamon:

1. Balances blood sugar

A recent study showed that people who consume cinnamon daily have improved insulin function and increased levels of a peptide that helps to prevent overeating, which can lead to spikes in blood sugar.[1] Another study showed that supplementing with 500 mg of a water-soluble cinnamon extract regulates blood sugar in people with insulin resistance.[2]

2. Promotes weight loss

Cinnamon’s ability to help control blood sugar makes it a valuable tool for weight loss. The fat cells in your abdomen are particularly sensitive to high insulin levels, and are very effective at storing excess calories that become fat. Research shows that cinnamon may actually mimic insulin, which can translate into fat loss.[3]

3. Helps your heart

Research has shown that cinnamon contains powerful antioxidant substances that promote optimal blood vessel health and support optimal heart function.[4] Scientists believe that cinnamon’s free radical fighting properties may be the reason that it has effectively balanced both blood pressure and cholesterol levels in numerous clinical studies.[5]

4. Fights cognitive decline

In a recent study, researchers at Tel Aviv University found that potent extracts from cinnamon bark inhibit the toxic amyloid polypeptide oligomers and fibrils that have been found in Alzheimer’s brain plaque formations. They isolated certain compounds, called proanthocyanidins, and determined that they are responsible for the majority of cinnamon’s brain health benefits.[6]

5. Keeps cells healthy

Research has linked certain antioxidant compounds found in cinnamon to anti-tumor effects. One animal study found that a particular component of cinnamon impaired the proliferation of abnormal cells and slowed tumor growth.[7]

6. Soothes inflammation

In a 2005 study, South Korean researchers demonstrated that compounds found in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects and have the potential to reduce inflammation in gastritis and other conditions related to inflammation.[8]

7. Fights infection

The healing power of cinnamon has been known since biblical times when high priests used the spice to protect against infectious disease. Its antiviral properties have been confirmed by modern research, and studies have also shown that it has antibacterial properties. A 2007 study found that even small doses of cinnamon boosted the activity of the antibiotic clindamycin.[9]

Pretty convincing, wouldn’t you say?

But before you go swallowing cinnamon by the spoonful please read this:

Most people don’t know that cinnamon contains volatile oils, and when used frequently in high doses, it can be toxic to the liver.[10] The safest way to benefit from consuming cinnamon is to take a cinnamon extract supplement, but make sure it says “water-soluble” on the label. This ensures that the toxic constituents have been removed while leaving the important active compounds intact. Currently, most experts recommend taking 500 mg a day of a standardized, water-soluble cinnamon extract.

The PERFECT cinnamon solution!

As many of you may know, in addition to my work with Live in the Now, I run a company called Stop Aging Now, which has been making premium-grade dietary supplements for over 20 years. I may be biased, but I worked hard to develop it, and as something of a perfectionist, I think it’s pretty perfect.

We created an affordable and highly effective cinnamon formula called CinnaPure® that is superior to anything else out there.

There is a special offer going on right now and you can get CinnaPure for as low as $14.99 per bottle with free shipping, which is a great deal. Use this link to take advantage of this special offer.

I encourage you to do your own research to make sure you’re getting a superior product at a good price. I am confident, however, that CinnaPure is simply the best cinnamon extract out there, and here’s why:

  • The perfect dose: Each small capsule provides 500 mg of the only water-soluble cinnamon extract available that contains the polyphenol polymers recognized to be the most active compounds found in cinnamon.
  • Standardized for potency: CinnaPure is produced from a superior source of cinnamon bark standardized to have the highest concentration of active type-A polymers, which have been shown to support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels and have potent antioxidant properties.
  • Safe and effective: CinnaPure is made using a method that effectively removes the toxic constituents often found in inferior cinnamon supplements while leaving important active compounds intact, making it completely safe for everyday use.

I personally inspect the manufacturing facility where CinnaPure is made on a monthly basis to make sure my rigorous quality standards are being met, so I feel comfortable saying that I stand by this product 100%.

Whether you’re concerned about avoiding blood sugar trouble down the road, losing weight, protecting your heart or simply increasing your energy levels and feeling better every day, CinnaPure is a smart investment. There is a special offer going on right now and you can get CinnaPure for as low as $14.99 per bottle with free shipping, which is a great deal.

Use this link to take advantage of this special offer.

However, don’t just take my word for it. I encourage you to shop around and make sure that you are purchasing the best cinnamon extract you can get — your health depends on it!

1. Hlebowicz J, et al. Effects of 1 and 3 g cinnamon on gastric emptying, satiety, and postprandial blood glucose, insulin, glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, glucagon-like peptide 1, and ghrelin concentrations in healthy subjects.Am J Clin Nutr. March 2009 vol. 89 no. 3 815-821.

2. Stoecker BJ, et al. Cinnamon extract lowers blood glucose in hyperglycemic subjects. FASEB J. 2010; 24:722.1.

3. Qin B, Nagasaki M, Ren M, Bajotto G, Oshida Y, Sato Y. Cinnamon extract prevents the insulin resistance induced by a high-fructose diet. Horm Metab Res. 2004 Feb;36(2):119-25.

4. Kim SH, Choung SY. Antihyperglycemic and antihyperlipidemic action of Cinnamomi Cassiae (Cinnamon bark) extract in C57BL/Ks db/db mice. Arch Pharm Res. 2010 Feb;33(2):325-33.

5. Peng X, et al. Cinnamon bark proanthocyanidins as reactive carbonyl scavengers to prevent the formation of advanced glycation endproducts.J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Mar 26;56(6):1907-11. Epub 2008 Feb 20.

6. Frydman-Marom A, et al. Orally Administrated Cinnamon Extract Reduces ?-Amyloid Oligomerization and Corrects Cognitive Impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease Animal Models. PLoS ONE. 6(1): e16564.

7. Christopher M. Cabello, et al., The Cinnamon-derived Michael Acceptor Cinnamic Aldehyde Impairs Melanoma Cell Proliferation, Invasiveness and Tumor Growth, Free Radic Biol Med. 2009 January 15; 46 (2): 220-231

8. Lee SH, et al., Inhibitory effect of 2-hydroxycinnamaldehyde on nitric oxide production through inhibition of NF-kappa B activation in RAW 264.7 cells, Biochem Pharmacol. 2005 Mar 1;69(5):791-9.

9. Shahverdi AR, et al., Trans-cinnamaldehyde from Cinnamomum zeylanicum bark essential oil reduces the clindamycin resistance of Clostridium difficile in vitro. J Food Sci. 2007 Jan;72(1):S055-8.

10. Lake BG. Coumarin Metabolism, Toxicity and Carcinogenicity: Relevance for Human Risk Assessment.Food Chem Tox. 1999 Apr: 37(4): 423-453.

Josh Corn Joshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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12 responses to “7 Health Benefits of Consuming Cinnamon”

  1. Doris says:

    Most effective well written article.Thanks!

  2. Cinnamon is also helpful in relieving toothache. It’s an old wives trick that is still useful today.

  3. Jerry Bolton says:

    Yes it is true. I’ve been taking cinnamon for years and was once diabetic, but now my blood sugar is fine. My heart has greatly improved, blood pressure normal, overall health very good. It’s true, this potent herb has many medicinal properties that are highly beneficial to our health. This is a very good article.

    • frank says:

      cinnamon will I don’t know what the fuss is all about I have been taking cinnamon now fore years but I don’t know what it suppose to do I am type 2 diabetic have been fore 35 years now and I don’t know what cinnamon dose if I stop taking insulin the sugar jump with in a couple hours to 4 or 5 hundred if cinnamon was that good why don’t it help me and I always buy the organtic sticks

  4. J Pualani says:

    I loved cinnamon. I buy it by the pound, organic of course. Both the veitnamese variety and the Ceylon, for different purposes as they slightly different benefits.

    That said, I believe standardized supplements destroy the balance between the ingredient(s) in the plant that are considered ‘less’ important and the ingredient that is the star of the research.

    In nature all the consituents in the plant are in balance with each other. Standardizing creates an imbalance.

    Yes the star ingredient may be less or more from year to year and so will the other components.

    I have yet to hear or read a convincing argument to the contrary, although I am open to what you may have to say on the subject.

    I do know from experience that Standardized Milk thistle does not work as well or at all compared the whole plant extract.

  5. fred s. says:

    Completely agree, cinnamon is a valuable supplimant. Strange how these ancient spices work so well.

  6. Barbara Burnham says:

    I have been taking the Veitnamese Cinnamon in powder form. My doctor told me that I am borderline diabetic. Is the stick better and what dose should I take? Sweets are my weakness and bread can be a problem at times. I try to eliminate these foods from my diet but not always successful. This article was well written but if you could give me insight on the above questions I’d be very appreciative. Thank you.

  7. Jesse Torres says:

    Benefit Discovery! Got Cinnamon

  8. Beth Bartholomew says:

    I love cinnamon and used to take it regularly, as well as using it on foods. However, since being diagnosed with breast cancer (and finding out I carry one the breast cancer genetic mutations), my oncologist has told me not to take it any more as it encourages the production of estrogen. (My oncologist did an impressive amount of research on all the supplements I was taking.) She said a little bit on food was fine, but not to take the capsules. I have started taking gymnema sylvestre for blood sugar instead, at the recommendation of an ND.

    Just a caveat for those who have or have had cancers related to hormone levels.

  9. Kassandra says:

    Why are you guys so dishonest??….just to sell a product??…. Cassia cinnamon is the one that regulates blood sugar… Ad it is also the one that in high levels is toxic to the kidney.
    Ceylon cinnamon is safe to use internally… But it does not regulate blood sugar!… Yet it has the antibacterial, anti inflammatory and antioxidant values. It is so dishonest of you guys to fool the ignorant public just to get your product. I’m unsubscribing from you mails… You guys keep robbing the poor just to get rich. People…please do your own research and studies… Stop taking hings in bottles and pills….our ancestors sure didn’t…and they were quite healthy…. They ate food while in their natural state… BUY CEYLON CINNAMON… IT IS SAFE TO CONSUME… Cassia cinnamon can be used for body scraps or topically … Knowledge is power people… Educate yourself.

    • Carolyn Banach, MS, RD says:

      We are sorry to hear that you are so dissatisfied with our product ingredients. However, there is important information that you are missing.

      There is a compound in cinnamon that can be toxic to the liver called coumarin. Ceylon naturally contains less of this compound, which is why some marketing talks about it being the better form. However, the Cassia cinnamon that we use has extremely low coumarin levels. Our CinnaPure has been tested for its coumarin content, each dosage contains 0.3 mg of coumarin. According to the European Food Safety Authority, the tolerable daily intake of coumarin is 0.1 mg/kg body weight. So, for a 150 lbs person, that would be 6.8 mg per day. Therefore, the amount of this compound is well within safe daily limits.

      The Cassia form is the type of cinnamon commonly used in research studies and is found to be effective. Here is an example: