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Herb of the Week: Cinnamon

Posted Feb 13 2009 4:56pm

Cinnamon Cinnamon trees grow in several tropical areas, including parts of India, China, Brazil and the Caribbean. Its bark is widely used as a spice, primarily in cookery as a condiment and flavoring material. Cinnamon bark is one of the few spices that can be consumed directly.

Most people know cinnamon as an ingredient in many delicious desserts such as apple pie, cinnamon buns and cereals. Cinnamon sticks are also famous and are used for hot drinks, such as apple cider, as well as shavings for decorations of cakes.

Moreover, cinnamon scented candles are one of the top sellers around the holiday season because most products produce a “cozy and warm” fragrance, promoting the “holiday” smell around the house.

However, what people may not know is that cinnamon is also a powerful ancient herbal medicine able to support various health concerns.

Studies have showed that cinnamon is a remarkable product in the treatment of type II diabetes and insulin resistance. Several natural supplements to support blood sugar balance have cinnamon as a main ingredient because the extract from its bark promotes potent antioxidant activity.

Clinical studies showed that continue supplementation of cinnamon has positive effects in the human body, promoting healthy glucose metabolism and supporting cardiovascular function.

In addition, cinnamon supplements may help treating colic, diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn, menorrhagia (heavy menstrual disorder) and yeast infection.

NOW Foods Cinnamon Bark - 240 Capsules
Futurebiotics Cinnacare - 60 Capsules
Gaia Herbs Cinnamon Bark - 1 oz.

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