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Cassia cinnamon is a plant grown in Southeast Asia, and cinnamon comes from the bark from this evergreen tree. Aside from being used as a spice or flavor additive to recipes, cinnamon has been used to treat a variety of health conditions due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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One teaspoon of cinnamon contains over a gram of fiber, plus iron, manganese, vitamin C and vitamin K. Based on research, daily doses of cinnamon has been shown to:

  • Decrease blood glucose levels in Type 2 diabetes
  • Lower LDL cholesterol
  • Improve blood sugars in patients with polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS)
  • Improve appetite and relieve indigestion (via Cleveland Clinic Wellness)
  • Aid in flatulence, muscle and stomach spasms
  • Prevent nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, infection and the common cold

It’s also used to treat erectile dysfunction, hernias, bed wetting, joint conditions, menopausal systems, menstrual problems, chest pain, kidney disorder, high blood pressure, cancer, and as a “blood purifier.” (via Medicine Plus)

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As beneficial as this supplement may seem, it is important to be aware of the possible (negative) side effects of taking elevated doses of cinnamon:

  • Cinnamon contains magnesium stearate which has been shown to suppress T cells (your natural killer cells) and causes the collapse of cell membrane integrity (an effect that was found to be time- and dose-dependent). Ultimately, this substance can (possibly) destroy cell function. (via Cinnamon Vogue)
  • Some cinnamon tablets contain Dicalcium phosphate (DCP). Too much of this (especially when taken in conjunction with other medications) can have negative consequences such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, stomach pain, thirst, dry mouth and increased urination. (via Cinnamon Vogue)
  • Patients with liver disease should not take this supplement.

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There is no established dosage for daily intake, but some argue that a half-teaspoon to one teaspoon (2-4 grams) of powder a day is sufficient. Some studies suggest 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon a day, and very high doses may be toxic to our bodies.

As with most supplements, talk to your doctor before taking this daily. Consume in moderation as a part of a healthy lifestyle that consists of moderate exercise and good nutrition.