Cinnamon is one of the world's most common and popular spices but until recent surprising research few people considered it a medicinal herb. However, delving into the history of the herb reveals that its use as a medicine ranges from ancient Egypt through the Bubonic Plague. Even the modern research was prompted by reports of various health benefits from use of Ceylon cinnamon. The popularity of Ceylon cinnamon as a health supplement is soaring as people realize the potential benefits. Ceylon cinnamon is now our top selling herbal supplement. -Brain Function: Recent studies showed cinnamon improved memory and the ability to process information. Further studies are underway to confirm the use of the herb in improving mental function in the elderly as well as for anxiety. Belly Fat: Abdominal fat has long been associated with high blood sugar since the digestive system tends to store excess glucose as fat there. Cinnamon reduces insulin resistance allowing the system to process the excess glucose and reduce belly fat possibly reducing the chances of developing blood sugar imbalances. Blood Sugar Control: Researchers in a Maryland USDA center accidentally discovered that cinnamon, administered in apple pie of all things, reduced blood glucose levels and insulin resistance as well as reducing cholesterol levels. Further studies confirmed the findings and much interest has developed in finding if cinnamon can help to control blood sugar. Cholesterol: A 2003 study published in the Journal of Food Medicine showed that cinnamon improved overall cholesterol levels. The same study confirmed lower blood sugar and triglyceride levels as well. Urinary Tract and Infections: German studies indicate that cinnamon completely eliminates the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections as well as the fungus that causes infections. Digestive Health: A Japanese study indicates that cinnamon soothes the digestive tract and helps to prevent stomach ailments.