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There's little evidence that cinnamon can lower your cholesterol, so cinnamon isn't recommended to treat high cholesterol. Although some cholesterol-lowering effects have been seen in animal studies, there's little evidence that this applies to humans. Most of the trials have shown no effect on blood cholesterol. Much more study is needed.
However, cinnamon can be a healthy way to add flavor to foods, especially in place of adding sugar or salt.
To reduce your cholesterol, focus instead on lifestyle changes:
If you can't reduce your cholesterol levels with lifestyle changes alone, your health care provider is likely to recommend cholesterol-lowering medicines.
Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.
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