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.