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I add 1 teaspoon of ceylon cinnamon powder to oats cereal everyday.Heard coumarin in cinnamon affects liver. Is my intake of cinnamon safe quantity?
YES-ceylon form safe: There are 2 forms of cinnamon, Ceylon (called true cinnamon),which has little coumarin,and Cassia,which has higher amounts of coumarin which in large quantities can cause liver damage in a subset of those who are sensitive. I can't find any info on whether 1 tsp of Cassia is considered a large quantity, but there's absolutely no reason to worry about Ceylon cinnamon.See http://tinyurl.com/cwmgeeh ...Read more
Is cinnamon, ceylon type, in natural from safe for breast cancer survivors? I've read that it contains estrogen.
Probably yes: Supposedly cinnamon does have some estrogenic properties, but there isn't any strong data out there that suggests those with estrogen receptor (+) breast cancer are at any significant risk with cinnamon consumption. I would caution you that in general, that more is rarely ever better, and that if you are "gung ho" about cinnamon supplementation that you be reasonable about your intake. ...Read more
I currently take a supplement containing 160mg of cinnamon daily, but I don't know if it's Ceylon or Cassia. Is this a dangerous amount of coumarin for daily use?
It isn't : different fundamentally from the cinnamon used in cooking. I can assure you 160 mg of the whole spice is teeny weeny compared to many of my stir frys. My baking book says a teaspoon is 20 times (2300 mg) more than that; and I use many teaspoons. furthermore, I know the cost of good cinnamon and I suspect they put 'supplement' on the bottle and jack the price 10x ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Cinnamon contains a natural substance, coumarin, that in very large amounts can cause bleeding and damage liver and kidneys. Ceylon cinnamon is "true" cinnamon, : but some companies use the less expensive cinnamomun aromaticum , or cassia. This contains more coumarin, and could be more problematic in large doses than ceylon cinnamon. http://tinyurl.com/qaqlu52. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cinnamon: Some research has found that a particular type of cinnamon, cassia cinnamon, may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Other studies have not found such a benefit. It has some anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial effects. So it may add some spice to your health. ...Read more
Many good benefits: Cinnamon might be best known for significantly lowering blood sugar and can reduce it 18-29%, but is also a potent anti-oxidant, good anti-inflammatory and lowers cholesterol 12-26%. It is also a broad-spectrum anti-microbial. For more information see http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice&dbid=68. ...Read more
Dangerous: Cinnamon is a caustic powder that contains cellulose. It can cause an immediate severe reaction and long term lung damage if inhaled. People who attempted the "cinnamon challenge" have required hospitalization after coughing and inhaling the powder. Those with cinnamon allergy, asthma, or other lung conditions risk death. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/5/833.long. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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