Cinnamon is a popular spice that may have healing properties. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center are launching a study in mice that may indicate whether cinnamon might help treat multiple sclerosis. In this disease, the immune system turns on the myelin sheaths that surround cells in the central nervous system. The scientists will be examining markers of inflammation in the nervous system to see how cinnamon affects it. Previous studies have been promising.

Cinnamon has shown benefit in other conditions. For example, it helps control blood sugar after a meal and it seems to help lower triglycerides.

The downside of cinnamon is that it may contain coumarin, a natural compound that can harm the liver. Anyone taking it daily should request medical monitoring.

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  1. beau10

    An additional comment related to cinnamon: cinnamon is one of the vitamins/supplements I used to drop and replace Avandia (which now also carries a health warning). As the ancient and original Hippocrates (the same guy that gave medicine its Hippocratic oath and which seems to be totally ignored by a good percentage of today’s docs) “Let food be your medicine.”

  2. beau10

    This actually relates to vinegar:a study at Arizona State University East conducted by Nutrition Professor Carol Johnston concluded that ingesting vinegar had the same effect upon blood sugar as Metformin and Actos (Actos was recently nailed with a health warning by the FDA ). An additional side-effect of the vinegar was weight loss by all those in the study who consumed the vinegar.

  3. Carole G.

    I like to sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal, I’ve heard it helps lower cholesterol, also read that it lowers blood pressure plus it tastes good.
    I also sprinkle it on my orchid leaves if spots appear, it helps kill bacteria on the plant. When plant gets wet, re-sprinkle with the cinnamon.

  4. paul43

    Does Cinnamon help lower blood pressure?


    a friend of mine’s primary physician recommended using cinnamon a couple times a day on cereal and other foods that would accommodate it to lower his cholesterol. anyone else using cinnamon to lower cholesterol?

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