Cinnamon and Inflammation

Studies have shown that cinnamon may be effective in treating inflammation. Cinnamaldehyde is one of the three basic types of components in the essential oils found in cinnamon bark preventing the release of cytokines linked to inflammation. Cinnamon is available in dried bark, dried leaves, powder, and cinnamon oil. Consult a health care professional on the benefits and risk of adding cinnamon to current therapy for inflammation.

Fast Facts:

  • Cinnamyl acetate and cinnamyl alcohol are the other two integral components in cinnamon bark essential oils.
  • Cinnamon may reduce inflammation associated with diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.
  • Classified as one of the oldest spices known and dates back to biblical times. Mentioned in 2,700 B.C. in one of the earliest books on Chinese botanical medicine.