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Cinnamon: From Historical Spice to Cancer Support

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 18 December 2023
Cinnamon: From Historical Spice to Cancer Support

Cinnamon, a spice with a rich history dating back to 2800 B.C. in ancient China, has been revered for its medicinal properties across cultures like India, Egypt, and Iran. Beyond its delightful flavor, cinnamon has been traditionally used to treat sore throats, coughs, and various gastrointestinal issues, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities.

Modern research confirms these benefits, revealing cinnamon's potential in treating arthritis and type 2 diabetes by easing inflammation and reducing blood sugar levels.

When it comes to chemotherapy side effects, cinnamon's role becomes particularly interesting. Its antioxidant properties may help in reducing the chronic inflammation caused by chemotherapy, and alleviating joint swellings, fatigue, and pain.

Like ginger and peppermint, cinnamon can also soothe gastrointestinal discomforts, such as nausea and diarrhoea, common in chemotherapy patients.

Drinking cinnamon bark tea or a simple cinnamon-infused hot water can be a comforting remedy.

For those experiencing appetite loss due to chemotherapy, cinnamon might offer some relief.

It contains hydroxychalcone, which is believed to improve appetite. However, further research is necessary to fully understand its impact, especially in the context of chemotherapy.

Emerging studies suggest that cinnamon could play a role in cancer prevention and treatment.

A 2019 review in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry highlighted cinnamon's anti-cancer properties, focusing on its ability to induce apoptosis, a crucial process for eliminating damaged cells and preventing tumour growth.

Additionally, a 2010 study in BMC Cancer found that cinnamon extract could inhibit tumour growth in vitro and in mice models, pointing to its potential as a complementary medicine in cancer treatment.

In summary, cinnamon, a common kitchen spice, holds a myriad of health benefits, from its traditional medicinal uses to potential roles in cancer treatment and prevention.

While ongoing research continues to uncover its full potential, cinnamon already stands out as a versatile and beneficial addition to any diet.

Author:Manuela Boyle
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  • The Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Society for Integrative Oncology
  • Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia
  • Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
  • British Naturopathic Association