Ceylon Cinnamon Reduces Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol in Healthy Adults

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Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum syn. C. zeylanicum, Lauraceae; CV), a well-known spice derived from the inner bark of the tree, is indigenous to Sri Lanka and parts of India. Cinnamon is used in Ayurvedic medicine and marketed as a treatment for various ailments, including metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, and arthritis. Compared to cassia cinnamon (C. aromaticum syn. C. cassia), CV has a different phytochemical profile and lower levels of coumarin. CV could possibly be used in higher doses for treating metabolic syndrome without the potential toxic liver effects associated with cassia cinnamon. These authors conducted a phase I clinical trial to evaluate the pharmacodynamic properties and safety of CV in healthy adults.

The trial was conducted at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Colombo Faculty of Medicine in Sri Lanka. Thirty healthy adults between ages 18 years and 60…

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