We’re Going There: Can Cinnamon Alleviate UTI Symptoms?

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

We know cranberry pills and juice can help ease the discomfort caused by a urinary tract infection, but could a certain spice work even better? Cinnamon has been used for centuries as a natural healing remedy and beauty remedy, and now researchers have been wondering if this seasoning could also help treat urinary tract infections or bladder infections. Cinnamon is a popular winter spice found in many holiday dishes. If you find yourself with leftover cinnamon this year, don’t trash it—it may come in handy in keeping your urinary tract system bacteria free.

Bladder infections—or urinary tract infections—are commonly caused when bacteria finds its way into the urinary system. E. coli bacteria is a well-known instigator in causing urinary tract discomfort, but other bacteria can be responsible as well. Whenever urine – which is typically sterile – becomes plagued by bacteria, it is likely that some kind of infection will occur. Many of these infections are relatively harmless when treated correctly. However, anyone who’s had one knows they can be incredibly uncomfortable and, not to mention, painful.

So How Does Cinnamon Help with UTIs?

Many medicines are available to help treat urinary tract infections, and a quick doctor’s trip is likely to prevent the infection from getting worse, but it would be nice if we could stop a urinary tract infection in its tracks using a natural method. Live Strong discusses a 2010 study published in The Journal of Urology that “looked at trans-cinnamaldehyde [the compound that gives cinnamon its color and flavor] as a possible antibacterial agent against hospital urinary catheter infections.” The study concluded that “The bacteria most responsible to urinary tract infections, E. coli, was the infective agent used for the laboratory test,” Live Strong states. Furthermore, “According to lead author Mary Anne Amalaradjou, graduate student in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Connecticut, cinnamaldehyde prevented the growth of E. coli and had no toxic effects on bladder cells.” This study, it seems, found that cinnamon can be helpful in stopping a urinary tract infection from becoming worse.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Dr Oz says that cinnamon’s “antiseptic properties give it the ability to fight bladder infection, and if taken in the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, a cup of strong cinnamon tea might just nip a bladder infection in the bud.” While the website explains that further research still needs to be done on this topic, they argue that adding some extra cinnamon to your diet definitely cannot hurt your infection.

eHow gives a different remedy using cinnamon powder and honey by suggesting to “mix 2 tbsp. of cinnamon powder and 1 tsp. of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drinking it.” Whether sipping cinnamon tea, drinking cinnamon powder with a mixture of honey, or using another way to get an extract intake of cinnamon, research seems to agree that this spice will help alleviate the symptoms of a urinary infection.

Verdict: Fact. Cinnamon can help fight off a bladder infection. This remedy may help prevent an irritation from turning into a painful bladder infection by washing out any bacteria. If you feel the discomfort that comes before a urinary tract infection, give this remedy a try to see if it clears up without a visit to the doctor; however, it is important to go see a doctor if symptoms persist. A quick round of antibiotics will have you feeling like yourself again in no time!

Do you regularly include cinnamon in your diet?

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