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Originally published May 19 2004

Cinnamon gum found to kill bacteria in the mouth; medicinal use of cinnamon herb is widespread

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered that cinnamon flavored chewing gum exhibits a strong antibacterial effect in the mouth and even counters bad breath. This is exciting news for Wrigley's, but not at all surprising to those familiar with the antibacterial properties of cinnamon and other plant oils.

In fact, cinnamon has a long history of use as a medicinal herb. It's not only antibacterial, it also helps regulate blood sugar, especially in diabetic patients. In addition, cinnamon is a potent immune system booster and helps prevent cancer. Truly, cinnamon is a remarkable herb.

To get the benefit, though, it's better to take cinnamon tincture rather than chewing on popular gum products. Most cinnamon gum is made with either refined sugar or artificial chemical sweeteners like aspartame, both of which are metabolic disruptors that reduce your overall level of health. The best way to get cinnamon is to take it as a tincture or use it in your cooking, but make sure you don't load up on added sugars.


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