Health and science writers use a variety of herbal and medicinal herbs, including cinnamon, to treat cough, cold, and flu symptoms.
But, many have been accused of making a bigoted and dangerous assumption about the substance’s ability to cure anything.
A new study, however, suggests that cinnamon may actually be helpful for those with respiratory ailments, as it may help reduce inflammation and other signs of the common cold.
Article source Google Scholar (United States) title Cinnamon for cough, flu and other common cold symptoms article Many people use cinnamon as a way to relieve their symptoms, but new research suggests that it may actually help reduce symptoms and help people with respiratory illnesses.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University at Buffalo examined the effects of using cinnamon for cough and flu, respectively.
They found that using cinnamon during cough, particularly during a hot and humid day, resulted in an increase in the amount of oxygen and mucus in the lungs.
This helped relieve the symptoms of the cold, but also helped the lungs produce more mucus to help regulate blood flow and help clear toxins from the body.
In addition, using cinnamon in hot and moist weather also increased the amount and number of white blood cells, which help fight infection.
The researchers concluded that cinnamon, along with other herbs, may be useful for many respiratory conditions.
“The findings suggest that cinnamon supplementation during cough may reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms of influenza, cough, and cold, respectively, and may help with other respiratory symptoms, such as fatigue, pain, and sleepiness,” they wrote.
The research was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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