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Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice that is used as a flavoring agent. There are two common varieties used – Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon. Of these two, cassia cinnamon is said to have the greater healing properties and is used to treat a range of health problems like diabetes, flatulence diarrhea, cold, common infections, high blood pressure, kidney disorders and more. There have been studies which have shown alcohol cinnamon extracts may prevent liver damage. Excess alcohol consumption causes cirrhosis of the liver. Cinnamon extracts have anti-inflammatory benefits and could protect the liver against alcohol-induced steatosis.

Protective Factor
2 effects
Measured in mg

Interesting Facts

Ancient Medicine
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In Ayurvedic medicine Cinnamon oil is used in external applications for rheumatism, aching joints and stiffness. It is also used for toothache and sore gums, much like clove oil. Aryuveda makes use of Cinnamon for the same purposes as Disocorides recommends: as a decongestant for the respiratory tract and urinary problems. It is a good addition to teas for coughs and colds and is sometimes used in steam inhalations for respiratory conditions. In India it is used at the first sign of a cold to prevent it from taking hold fully.

Caution

Those who are sensitive to cinnamon, pregnant and breastfeeding women must avoid it. Heavy exposure to cinnamon oil could cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. Anyone with kidney or liver problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, bleeding problems like heavy and long menstrual periods, thyroid problems, allergies and require surgery must inform their doctor if they take drugs or foods that contain coumarin. The European Food Safety Authority in 2008 considered toxicity of coumarin, known to cause liver and kidney damage in high concentrations and a significant component of cinnamon, and metabolic effect on humans with CYP2A6 polymorphism, and confirmed a maximum recommended tolerable daily intake (TDI) of 0.1 mg of coumarin per kg of body weight.

Recommended Dosage

The safe dosage of ground cinnamon powder is 1-1.5g a day. This was tested on diabetic patients. Anyone with liver disease is advised to limit their intake of cassia cinnamon to food amounts.

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Cinnamon Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome
Obesity
Musculoskeletal

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Insulin Resistance Lymphatic outcome

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Blood Pressure - Hypertension Cardiovascular outcome
Blood Pressure ...
Cardiovascular

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Oxidative stress Lymphatic outcome

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Blood Sugar - Hyperglycemia Lymphatic outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

3 studies

LDL Lymphatic outcome
LDL
Lymphatic

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

2 studies

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