Cinnamon Bark

Cinnamon bark comes from a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka. An ancient herb, cinnamon is mentioned in the Old Testament as a powerful spice for promoting beauty, health and general well-being. It was once so highly prized amongst ancient cultures that it was often given as a gift for kings, or as an offering to the gods. Indeed, this spice was highly regarded not only as an important element for cooking, but also as a healing medicinal and aphrodisiacal herb.

Reported health benefits:
The health benefits of cinnamon bark are numerous. In fact, there is compelling evidence showing that cinnamon bark may help the body create a health balance of serum lipids. Cinnamon bark is one of the main Chinese herbs used for counteracting arthritis, supporting cardiovascular function, and acting as an overall digestive support. Cinnamon bark increases blood circulation, and promotes spleen and kidney function. By increasing blood flow, cinnamon bark aids the dogs natural processes of deposit-removal, a toxic condition known to cause the pain and inflammation in many arthritic ailments. The active ingredients of cinnamon bark have anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antispasmodic and antiseptic properties. Recent studies from Japan show that cinnamon holds a high amount of cinnamaldehyde, and that this constituent is a powerful sedative and analgesic. Eugenol, another constituent of cinnamon bark, holds pain-relieving properties.

Other purported medicinal uses of this herb include:

Cinnamon Bark
  • Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis pain reliever
  • General strengthener of the digestive system
  • Remedy for the pain of backache
  • General pain reliever
  • Prevention of infection caused by decay-causing bacteria
  • Excellent for oral hygiene, as it kills the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease
  • Controls blood sugar levels in diabetics

Research on Cinnamon Bark
Cinnamon bark is also an excellent blood-sugar stabilizer. A research program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that cinnamon bark can lower the amount of insulin needed for glucose metabolism, helping to control blood sugar levels without medication. It has also been reported that regularly drinking cinnamon bark tea can reduce the amount of free-radicals related to oxidative stress. This is due to the high amounts of antioxidants in the herb.

Contraindications
No known drug interactions, but consult a doctor if you are taking any prescription medications. Consult a doctor if your dog is pregnant or breast-feeding.

Adverse Reactions
Rare side effects may include stomach upset and diarrhea.

References
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Ranjbar, Akram et al.. Antioxidative stress potential of Cinnamomum zeylanicum in humans: a comparative cross-sectional clinical study".

"Cinnamon Extracts Boost Insulin Sensitivity" (2000). Agricultural Research magazine, July 2000.

- Ingredient used in Human formula

- Ingredient used in Canine formula