This one spice can fight off bacteria better than antibiotics

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Keep this in your spice rack for a powerful anti-fungal

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This one spice can fight off bacteria better than antibiotics

Sometimes the easiest solutions are in our cupboard. 

In the case of cinnamon, it’s not exactly true, because the popular kinds of cinnamon contain too much of certain carcinogens and are not exactly safe for regular use. 

A different kind of cinnamon, referred to as ceylon cinnamon, is one of the best and safest forms of cinnamon for therapeutic purposes.

Like most popular spices and herbs, cinnamon has many beneficial properties and is seemingly good for everything…

…including diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, arthritis, arteriosclerosis etc.

For now, however, let’s focus on just one of its properties: antifungal activity.

Many common food items have antifungal properties, but cinnamon has a very pleasant smell and taste and is easy to incorporate into a regular lifestyle.

Fungal infections and Candida.

One of the most infamous fungi which affect humans is Candida

Stories of Candida overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract are by now very common, and many have identified Candida as a major underlying cause of chronic diseases.

The truth of the matter is that Candida is very normal in humans. 

The problem is Candida and general fungi overgrowth, which can have toxic effects to the human body.

Generally, with aging it becomes more difficult to suppress excessive growth of fungi and other microorganisms.

This is where common, safe therapeutic food items like cinnamon can provide daily support when our own protective mechanisms and immune functions can’t quite keep infections under control.

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A 2019 paper by Veilleux & Grenier found a very potent effect of cinnamon bark oil against Candida activity.

In particular, cinnamon bark oil seems to be able to damage the integrity of the fungal membrane and generally suppress its growth.

…cinnamon bark oil exhibited high antifungal activity with minimum inhibitory concentrations and minimum fungicidal concentrations in the range of 0.039 to 0.078%. The cinnamon oil was also active against a pre-formed C. albicans biofilm. – Veilleux & Grenier (2019)

There are several antifungal medications which can be used to treat Candida, but their effectiveness is steadily declining because the fungi is becoming resistant against their effects.

This is why using a combination of simple spice and herbs like cinnamon — but also thyme, clove and many others — can be a valuable (and gentle) therapeutic approach.

How to use it.

Possibly the simplest way to use ceylon cinnamon is to cook with it.

A stick can be added to stews, rice, meat etc. 

Another way is to simply gently boil a stick for 10 to 15 minutes and drink the concoction, maybe with a little milk, honey, and lemon added.

Food grade (cinnamon bark) oils are also available and can be more convenient, and can be taken orally or added to food and beverages. 

It’s important to remember that Candida is part of the normal flora, so the objective is not to eradicate it…

But to keep it and other microorganisms from growing out of control and becoming pathogenic. 

Cinnamon can be one of the tools to help us in this regard.

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Hariri, Mitra, and Reza Ghiasvand. “Cinnamon and Chronic Diseases.” Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology Drug Discovery from Mother Nature, 2016, pp. 1–24., doi:10.1007/978-3-319-41342-6_1.


Veilleux, M. P., & Grenier, D. (2019). Determination of the effects of cinnamon bark fractions on Candida albicans and oral epithelial cells. BMC complementary and alternative medicine, 19(1), 303.


Lai, T., Sun, Y., Liu, Y., Li, R., Chen, Y., & Zhou, T. (2021). Cinnamon Oil Inhibits Penicillium expansum Growth by Disturbing the Carbohydrate Metabolic Process. Journal of fungi (Basel, Switzerland), 7(2), 123.