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SRP. 2016; 7(1): 24-29

Cinnamomum zeylanicum Linn. The spice with multi potential

Vijaya Anand, Varalakshmi, Prasana, Sampath Kumar, Pushpa, Agaath Hedina.

Cinnamomum zeylanicum Linn. has been used as a spice and flavoring
agents. It is one of the healthiest spices and possesses useful medicinal
benefits. It has been recognized as the medicinally essential phytoconstituents,
such as phenolic, flavonoid and carotenoid. It is loaded with rich
amount of polyphenols, which are the powerful antioxidants. It inhibits the
growth of certain bacteria and fungi. It dramatically reduce insulin resistance,
there by helps insulin to reduce blood glucose. It also slow down the break
down of carbohydrate by interfering with carbohydrate digesting enzymes
and decreases the entry of glucose from intestine to bloodstream. It reduces
the growth of cancer cells. Numerous pharmacological investigations have
confirmed that the ability of this plant is to exhibit hepatoprotective, cardioprotective,
and neuroprotective activities and it supports the traditional
uses. Present review gives a detailed information on recent literatures
describing the multipotential uses of C. zeylanicum available for the treating
various ailments.

Key words: Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamon, Antidiabetic, Antioxidant, Hepatoprotective, Anticancer.

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