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A B S T R A C T
Plants are an important source of traditional medicines that can be used to improve
health. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) has long been recognized to have many
benefits. Cinnamon was used traditionally as a remedy for arthritis, diarrhea, allergies
and ulcers. This literature review aimed to identify the bioactive compounds and
bioactivity of cinnamon. Literature searches used PubMed and Google Scholar. A total
of 55 full text articles met the inclusion criteria of the review. The extract or essential
oil of cinnamon contains many bioactive compounds, such as eugenol, cinnamic acid,
linalool, β-caryophyllene, coumarin, trans cinnamyl acetate, and 1.8 cineole. These
compounds have several bioactivities including anti-cancer, anti-arrhythmia, anti-
inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-atherosclerosis, anti-cholinesterase, and anti-lipid
oxidation. Cinnamon extract has an excellent potential as an antioxidant and
antidiabetic agent. Its potential and unique taste has contributed to its wide use in
herbal remedies.

Keywords

Cinnamomum zeylanicum Antioxidants α-glucosidase Anti-diabetic Cinnamon Extract

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Rahayu, I., Casey Christiany, & Susana Elya Sudrajat. (2021). The Potency of Cinnamomum Zeylanicum to Prevent Diseases: a Review. Eureka Herba Indonesia, 2(1), 52-62. https://doi.org/10.37275/ehi.v2i1.11