Cinnamon Bark 600 mg 240 caps by NOW Foods

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There is evidence that cinnamon upregulates neurotrophic factors, which are responsible for the growth and development of neurons. Cinnamon has shown benefits for Alzheimer's Disease, and if one can extrapolate, may help to reduce neurodegeneration elsewhere including the optic nerve.

Furthermore, it appears that amyloid-beta deposition, a factor in Alzheimer's Disease, is also involved in the destruction of retinal ganglion cells, which is further evidence that cinnamon could be of benefit for glaucoma.

Cinnamon Bark has been used traditionally as a culinary spice and to support proper digestion. It is know to possess a number of bioactive constituents that exhibit free radical neutralizing activity; other studies suggest that Cinnamon components may support balanced immune system and inflammatory responses.

Additional clinical evidence also indicates that Cinnamon Bark supports healthy glucose metabolism and may help to maintain blood sugar levels already within the healthy range.

  • May reduce neurodegeneration
  • May upregulate neurotrophic (nerve growth) factors
  • Healthy Glucose Metabolism
  • Digestion
  • Balances Vata (symptoms could include cold hands and feet)
  • Free Radical Scavenger
  • GMP Quality Assured
  • A Dietary Supplement

 

Cinnamon Bark

600 mg - 240 Capsules
Item catalog number: 4637

 

Suggested Use

As a dietary supplement, take 2 capsules twice daily with meals. Consider taking these other NOW products: Glucose Metabolic Support and Alpha Lipoic Acid.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 120
  Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 5  
Total Carbohydrate <1 g <1%*
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) (Bark) 1.2 g (1,200 mg)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.

 

Other Ingredients

Gelatin (capsule), silica, stearic acid (vegetable source) and magnesium stearate (vegetable source).

Not manufactured with yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.

Warnings

Store in a cool, dry place after opening.

Caution: For adults only. Consult physician if diabetic, hypoglycemic, pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Keep out of reach of children.

Do not eat freshness packet. Keep in bottle

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There is evidence that cinnamon upregulates neurotrophic factors, which are responsible for the growth and development of neurons. Cinnamon has shown benefits for Alzheimer's Disease, and if one can extrapolate, may help to reduce neurodegeneration elsewhere including the optic nerve.

http://www.life-enhancement.com/magazine/article/2862-cinnamon-reduces-neurodegeneration

Furthermore, it appears that amyloid-beta deposition, a factor in Alzheimer's Disease, is also involved in the destruction of retinal ganglion cells, which is further evidence that cinnamon could be of benefit for glaucoma.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1940230/


It is also becoming more well known that cinnamon helps control blood sugar. Just be careful of the dosages and regularity of use because it can be a little rough on the liver.

I have read that Alzheimers is sometimes referred to as "diabetes of the brain".  It may all be related.
Here are some links.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/conditions/insulin-may-hold-key-to-diabetes-of-the-brain/article4266680/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/diabetes-and-alzheimers/ART-20046987

The kind of cinnamon that's effective is cassia cinnamon not Ceylon cinnamon (which does not contain the active ingredient).   Cassia cinnamon is the strongly aromatic kind that's normally sold in grocery stores (and it's cheaper than the Ceylon cinnamon).  The risk comes from the fact that cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, which can be toxic to the liver in high doses.

In studies of the effect of cinnamon on blood glucose, the most effective, long-term response was from consuming 1 gram per day.  HIgher (3 and 6 gram) doses cause more rapid short-term responses, but long-term were not as effective as the 1 gram dose.  The 1 gram dose is equivalent to a little less than 1/2 teaspoon.  (I weighed half a teaspoon of cinnamon and it was about 1.28 grams.)

In this study, which lasted 3 months, even the higher 3 and 6 gram amounts didn't cause any liver problems, so half a teaspoon would probably be okay, but just to play safe you could always take a water-soluble extract, which contains the active ingredient without the coumarin, because coumarin is lipid-soluble, not water-soluble, so the coumarin remains behind when the water-soluble components are extracted from the bark.  I take the aqueous extract in a supplement.  That way I can get enough of the active ingredient without having to worry about any potential toxicity.  But I also occasionally add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to my oatmeal.

The studies with the spice itself show that 1 gram per day works better than 3 or 6 grams long-term, but that's the spice.  With the supplement, you're getting about half a gram, but it's the aqueous extract without the coumarin, which is evidently more potent than a half gram of the spice. 

 

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