What Really Happens When You Take Cinnamon Pills

Cinnamon is a delicious, potent spice used in baking, teas, and even some popular cocktails ... eggnog anyone? But are you aware that as you eat and drink your cinnamon-infused treats, you are providing a great service to your body? For thousands of years cinnamon has been said to have significant medicinal purposes and now there are multiple scientific studies to support those claims (via Healthline).

According to LIVESTRONG, cinnamon pills have been marketed to help with weight loss, balance blood sugar, and for many other health advantages. A 2019 study showed that those taking two cinnamon pills daily reduced fat mass, waist size, and body weight — but weight loss is far from the greatest benefit of cinnamon supplements. Studies show that just one 120 mg dose of a cinnamon supplement can lower trigyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and may help lower blood pressure (via Healthline). These combined health benefits can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, the world's number one cause of premature death.

More benefits of taking cinnamon supplements

Cinnamon is an antioxidant powerhouse that has been proven to be more potent than many super foods (like garlic and oregano). Its antioxidants fight free radicals, which cause cell damage, that many times can be responsible for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and neural disorders (via International Journal of Food Properties). Furthermore, the antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties which can have a positive impact on diseases such as arthritis, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease (per Eating Well). 

According to Healthline, cinnamon pills can lower blood sugar levels in two ways: by reducing the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after you eat, and by acting like insulin. Several studies have validated the anti-diabetic effects of cinnamon in humans, indicating a reduction in blood sugar levels by 10 to 29 percent. Cinnamon also contains antimicrobial properties and a 2016 study suggests that it can be effective at treating fungal infections (via Medical News Today)

Many studies say your body will thank you in more ways than one by supplementing with cinnamon pills. From reducing the risk of chronic disease to providing weight loss assistance, the advantages are great. But according to Healthline, watching your cinnamon consumption is important, as too much of it may result in unwanted side effects.