Cinnamon Vs. Ibuprofen For Pain

According to a recent research, cinnamon powder is extremely effective at alleviating symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea in college age students.

In a study titled “Comparative effect of cinnamon and Ibuprofen for treatment of primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized double-blind clinical trial,” and published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, a team of Iranian researchers investigated the effect of either 400 mg of ibuprofen,  420 mg of cinnamon, or a starch placebo, in three groups of 38 women.  At the end of the study it was found that:

“The mean pain severity score and mean duration of pain in Ibuprofen and Cinnamon were less than placebo group respectively (p< 0.001). Of 4 hours after the intervention there were no statistically significant differences between the Cinnamon and placebo group (p> 0.05). Of eight hours after the intervention, the mean pain severity in the cinnamon group was significantly lower than placebo group (p< 0.001). At various time intervals the mean pain severity in the Ibuprofen group were significantly less than Cinnamon and placebo groups (p< 0.001).”

As concluded by the researchers, “Cinnamon can be regarded as a safe and effective treatment for primary dysmenorrhea. More researches are recommended to study the efficacy of Cinnamon on reducing menstrual bleeding.”

Discussion

You might wonder why we consider cinnamon to be more effective than ibuprofen.  If we take into consideration its wide plethora of health benefits, its potential role as natural pain killer doesn’t come as surprise.  If you are interested in learning more about its benefits, read on!

First and foremost, it is worth mentioning that cinnamon promotes cardiovascular health, due to its fiber and calcium content, both of which help remove bile salts and break down cholesterol.  Consequently, it lowers down cholesterol levels and thus protects the arteries from atherosclerosis. In addition to this, it helps protect against cardiovascular disease due to its blood pressure and blood sugar lowering properties.

Apart from its health benefits, cinnamon doesn’t provide any cardiotoxic properties and unlike ibuprofen, it isn’t associated with any side effects.

As for its role in menstrual bleeding mentioned above, a new randomized trial found that it works wonders for alleviating the inconvenient menstruation symptoms,  as it reduced the severity of menstrual bleeding.

Finally, it is important to mention that this spice is highly versatile and it can be used in many different ways.  You can have a teaspoon of cinnamon powder everyday on an empty stomach, make it into a delicious tea, or simply sprinkle a little bit of it on your salad or coffee.

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