Cinnamon

Botanical Information

Cinnamon is an herb that has been used for centuries as both a medicine and a spice. Has an overall warming effect on the body.  Cinnamon is available in two varieties: Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is the kind most use for baking and cooking and is considered an inferior form to use in supplementation. Ceylon cinnamon is the preferred form for supplementation.

Features & Benefits

  • Compounds isolated from Cinnamon were found to mimic the action of insulin by activating insulin receptors
  • May help to improve fasting blood glucose in individuals with type-2 diabetes
  • Can also be used for digestion concerns such as ulcers and dyspepsia

Suggestions & Precautions

  • Individuals taking blood glucose lowering or blood-thinning medication should consult with a health care professional prior to use
  • Cinnamon was shown to have estrogenic activity in vitro, individuals with hormone sensitive diseases should use caution
  • Topical use may cause skin irritation
  • Those with liver problems should seek medical advice before taking

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