Cinnamomum zeylanicum Linn. The spice with multi potential

Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy,2016,7,1,24-29.
Type:Review Article

Cinnamomum zeylanicum Linn. The spice with multi potential

Vijaya Anand1, Varalakshmi2, Prasana2, Sampath Kumar3, Pushpa4 and Agaath Hedina1

1Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore–641 046, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

2Department of Biochemistry, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli–612 001, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

3Department of Chemistry and Biosciences, SASTRA University, Kumbakonam–612 001, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

4Department of Microbiology, Cauvery College for Women, Tiruchirappalli–620 018, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.


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.