Conventional treatment of breast cancer still relies on chemotherapy. But chemotherapy is harsh on your body, and its toxicity is the primary reason for women withdrawing from treatment. What if a common kitchen herb could help stop those side effects?

Many women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer will suffer from hair loss and from cancer’s most serious ravaging effect on the body: the wasting weight loss known as cachexia.

Cinnamon has shown some signs of being able to modulate the immune system and stand up to cancer. It is loaded in polyphenol antioxidants, including proanthocyanidins. These flavonoid antioxidants are related to the ones found in other healthy foods and herbs, like dark chocolate and green tea, and in herbal supplements, like grapeseed extract, pinebark extract and Ginkgo biloba.

A just published double-blind study gave either a placebo or 400mg of standardized cinnamon extract three times a day to 334 women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Either the cinnamon or the placebo was given for four consecutive 21 day chemo cycles. The women were on a standard chemo regimen of cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin and 5-Fluoro Uracil.

The women on the placebo suffered weight loss; the women on the cinnamon actually gained some weight. This is crucial when fighting cancer. The women on the placebo not only lost weight, they lost their hair too. But hair loss in the women taking cinnamon was not significant. Cinnamon may also have had some positive effect on chemo induced nausea.

If you have breast cancer and have opted for chemotherapy, this is a very exciting new study.

Asian J Pharm Clin Res 2019;12(10): 1-6

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