Cinnamon spices up a variety of foods, and now new research shows it may also kick-start irregular menstrual cycles in women affected by an infertility disorder.
A study by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York City shows that women with polycystic ovary syndrome who took daily cinnamon supplements experienced nearly twice the menstrual cycles over a six-month period as women with the syndrome who were given a placebo.
Two of the women in the treated group even reported pregnancies during the trial.
Study author, Dr. Daniel Kort, says there’s great interest in finding natural remedies for the condition.
An estimated five million American women of childbearing age have polycystic ovary syndrome, which is thought to be caused by insensitivity to the hormone insulin.
Kort says it's not clear exactly why cinnamon seems to regulate menstrual cycles in women with the syndrome, but it may improve the body's ability to process glucose and insulin.
Current treatments for the syndrome include weight loss, certain ovulation-inducing drugs and select diabetes medications.