Research Shows Cinnamon Could Fight Resistant Bacterial and Viral Infections

Cinnamon is an amazing spice; it can prevent diabetes, boost brain health, and fight inflammation.

April 11, 2013

But that isn’t all the wonder spice is known for. Did you know that cinnamon could play an important role in future infection-prevention, fighting both bacterial and viral threats? While we are seeing an increase in the number of antibiotic-resistant infections, something as simple as cinnamon oil could hold a potential solution.

As most people realize, the medical industry runs campaigns every single year about the need to vaccinate against the flu. But as we know, these vaccinations are not without risks and are not foolproof. Similarly, doctors are trained to doll out prescriptions for antibiotics with each bacterial, and sometimes, inappropriately,viral battle. Rather than depending on some magic bullet to prevent illness, people are increasingly understanding the need for natural illness-prevention. Enter, cinnamon.

Using Cinnamon to Fight Bacterial and Viral Infections

Cinnamon has antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. In short, it can ward off a variety of illnesses. The spice has been shown to annihilate candida, a problematic yeast, and inhibit the growth of foodborne bacteria, making it a natural food preservative.

The effectiveness of cinnamon oil in the prevention of contagious illnesses is particular promising. According to a study from French researchers in 2008, cinnamon oil was found to have the highest antimicrobial properties (when compared with other known-antimicrobial agents like thyme and eucalyptus). The researchers said they found the oil to fight serious infections like Staphylococcus, E. coli, and several antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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