A preliminary research suggests the spice may also help jump-start irregular menstrual cycles in women affected by a common infertility disorder.
A small study by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York City found that women with polycystic ovary syndrome who took inexpensive daily cinnamon supplements experienced nearly twice the menstrual cycles over a six-month period as women with the syndrome given an inactive placebo. Two of the women in the treated group reported spontaneous pregnancies during the trial.
Of the 16 subjects in the trial, 11 were given daily 1,500-milligram cinnamon supplements and five were given placebo pills. Diet and activity levels were monitored, and patients completed monthly menstrual calendars. Women receiving cinnamon had significant improvement in menstrual cycle regularity.
According to the study author, Dr. Daniel Kort, a postdoctoral fellow in reproductive endocrinology at the medical center, the research may be something we can do using a totally natural substance that can help a large group of patients.
The study will be presented at a meeting of the International Federation of Fertility Societies and American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Boston.
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