The Health Benefits of Cinnamon For CIDP
Cinnamon is not only a tasty food additive, but it may have powerful effects on autoimmune problems and inflammation.
By Shiraz Abbas
Cinnamon has been used for ages as a flavor additive for a variety of cuisines. It is one of my favorite spices. I use it in drinks, food and pastries. But you would be surprised that many people are not aware of its health benefits and only see it as a great tasting condiment with little nutritional value. Perhaps its greatest potential is for people who suffer from autoimmune diseases like CIDP.
In previous articles, we’ve seen how antioxidants play an important role in fighting autoimmune diseases like CIDP. Cinnamon is known to increase levels of glutathione which is one of the most powerful antioxidants available and has strongly been linked to helping people with autoimmune disorders. In one study, the antioxidant capacity of cinnamon superseded that of 26 other spice extracts.
A common characteristic of autoimmune diseases like CIDP is inflammation. Reducing inflammation is key to treating the devastating effects of the disease. This is why medications like prednisone is used as they primarily function as anti-inflammatories. In addition to its antioxidant benefits, studies have demonstrated that cinnamon is an important spice when it comes to fighting off inflammation.
Speak to your doctor and see how you can incorporate healthy doses of cinnamon into your diet. Remember that natural remedies are not like pharmaceuticals, they take a long time to work but its effects have been known to be useful.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.