Cinnamon and honey is rumored to be an effective home remedy for a wide variety of ailments, ranging from hair loss and toothache to cancer and heart disease, but there is little scientific evidence to support these claims. On the other hand, a number of past and ongoing studies suggest that both honey and cinnamon are effective in preventing or treating other medical conditions such as insulin resistance and high cholesterol. Some remedies, such as treatments for sore throats and coughs, continue to be used with some success despite a lack of scientific support. Consult your physician before using honey and cinnamon as a home remedy.
Colds and Sore Throats
Hot drinks with honey and cinnamon have been used to soothe sore throats throughout the ages and honey may help to ease coughing, as well, according to MayoClinic.com. Children with upper respiratory tract infections were given up to 2 tsp. of honey before bed and seemed to cough less and sleep better. Cinnamon has a natural warming and antiseptic property that appears effective in home remedies for colds, fever, congestion and bronchitis, according to the online publication “Bottom Line Secrets.” The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that no scientific evidence proves that any home remedy is able to treat or prevent colds.
Cinnamon and Glucose Intolerance
Research suggests that a little less than 1 1/3 tsp. of cinnamon a day may help your body utilize insulin more efficiently and improve digestion, according to “Bottom Line Secrets.” Gastric emptying may decrease your glycemic load and subsequently lower your blood glucose levels after meals. Elevated blood sugar levels after eating may lead to diabetes and eventually heart disease and other complications.
Honey and Glucose Intolerance
Recent studies suggest that honey may have a beneficial effect on glucose intolerance, according to the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA. A clinical study set to conclude in 2012 is looking at honey's effect on insulin sensitivity and glucose intolerance. Scientists hypothesize that honey will result in less insulin resistance than sugar and corn syrup in overweight people both with Type 2 diabetes and without. The “Journal of the American College on Nutrition” states that the carbohydrate honey has a lower glycemic load than other carbohydrates such as sugar.
“Bottom Line Secrets” reported that one non-diabetic patient who showed signs of insulin resistance was treated with a special diet and supplements, including 500 mg of cinnamon extract. After 2 1/2 months, the patient showed a significant drop in cholesterol and triglyceride levels. You are less likely to develop diabetes when your body effectively handles the insulin it produces. Too much insulin may cause weight gain and hypertension along with a higher risk of heart disease, cancer and other conditions.
- “Bottom Line Secrets”; A Toast to Cinnamon; Pat Crocker and Susan Eagles; Jan. 5, 2006
- “Bottom Line Secrets”; Is Cinnamon the Healthiest of All Spices?; Joanna Hlebowicz, MD; Dec. 25, 2007
- USDA Agricultural Research Service: Glycemic Effect of Honey
- “Bottom Line Secrets”; The Many Meanings of High Cholesterol; Mark Stengler, M.D.; Aug. 15, 2006.