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Very interesting health benefits! Looks like I need to use more cinnamon!

Posted by Stephanie on March 26, 2006 2:13 PM

Thanks for the info Tracy! You inspired me to go out and get a bottle of organic cinnamon. After much debate on how to get down 1/2 t. a day I finally came up with mixing it in my almond butter. Delicious!!

Posted by Elizabeth on March 28, 2006 11:36 AM

I'm glad the info was useful. I am going to increase the amount of cinnamon in my diet as well!

Posted by Tracy on March 28, 2006 3:07 PM

I am currently having oatmeal porrige each morning, I add half a tsp. of cinamon and a tablespoon of flax seed( ground) then I add brown sugar. Does the brown sugar take away the value of cinamon and flax seed? JM

Posted by Joan Miller on June 22, 2006 5:20 PM

I have been taking 1/2 tsp of dry cinnamon for the last 3 years. I am not a diabetic, and don't want to become one. I had glucose levels in the mid 115-130 range then and as of last August it was 106 - I'm told I am pre-diabetic since they lowered the parameters last year from (60-109) to (60-99). I put the cinnamon in a pan with 1/2 cup of water and boil it for a few minutes and then let it sit for 5 minutes in the pan and then strain it out into a cup and only use the liquid portion and discard what's left in the strainer. I mix it with milk and a little unsweetened chocolate to give it flavor and drink i daily. Cinnamon in its dry form is can be toxic when used regularly that is why it must be boiled and then strained before using. I also understand that cinnamon lowers cholesterol when taken in the same dosage of 1/2 tsp a day though it's best not to take it if one is already on cholesterol medication. Check with your doctor if wanting to try the cinnamon. Any questions, feel free to ask.

Posted by Diane on July 6, 2006 3:44 PM

Cinnamon is fantastically good especially when mixed with honey. I have been using it for a year now and just a spoon and two honey spoons you are assuredley having your libido retained and maintained. I am now addicted to the use of cinnamon and honey in all my three meals a day.

Posted by SAMMY on August 10, 2006 5:10 AM

What about cinnamon toothpicks? Wouldn't they be benefital for diabetes?

Posted by Terry on September 23, 2006 9:17 AM

Started cinnamon 6 months ago, cholesterol dropped, HBP lowered and sugar levels dropped! Didn't know about the arthritis/honey study. Going out now to buy the honey! You can buy capsules in the vitamin isle.

Posted by SusanAnn Sheidy on October 16, 2006 4:23 PM

I was very much interestetd with these facts and i have given cinnamon even to my 17 year old son. But today, (22 Octo 2006) i read an article in a local newspaper that the a German study revealed that cinnamon is hazardous to health as it may distrupt the functioning of liver and it may cause cancer. Please advice.

Posted by Beena George on October 21, 2006 11:48 PM

I have been told that cinnamon can also help you loose weight. Is this true? I would like more information on this and how much would I need to take daily.

Posted by Karen Vaughn on November 1, 2006 11:12 AM

My younger dauhter is on strict diet. She is almost 70lbs over weight. I read about mixing honey and cinnamon but the quantity is not mentioned. Could you please advise as to how much honey and cinnamon
Thanks

Posted by Shams on November 21, 2006 12:05 PM

I have multiple sclerosis and a big problem with fatigue and energy levels....I love cinnamon and use it in most everything.......especially in gum and a cup of coffee. I am wondering if one could overdose and make themselves sick??
I find that it gives me more energy than anything I have ever tried.......including energy drinks and even medication for fatigue.

Posted by Caroline Trinidad on November 24, 2006 7:00 AM

I have heard about the benefits of using cinnamon and honey for longetivity, but am unsure of the amount to take and do I need to strain the cinnamon water?

Posted by len on December 7, 2006 6:22 PM

Is cinnamon harmful in dry form?

Posted by Jean Weiss on December 12, 2006 7:37 AM

I have just recently started using cinnamon, a half teaspoon in my oatmeal every morning. Its dry cinnamon, should I be trying a different approach?

Posted by Mair on December 17, 2006 11:53 AM

Is it ok to use cinnamon to lower HBP if you are on bp medication?

Also, I know it will help type 2 diabetics lower their blood sugar level. What will it do to someone's level that is not diabetic and has a "normal" blood sugar level? Is it possible for it to lower it too much??

Posted by Brhodes on January 8, 2007 4:53 PM

I normally use cinnamon when I am baking. I love the flavour in my shortbread.

Having read the above comments I have today (11 Jan 07) started the cinnamon sticks tea and oh boy! it tastes good.

It is amazing what we can do with the kitchen seasonings.

I would really like to know if it causes cancer after a long use, or disrupts the functioning of the liver, like Beena George revealed, from the German Research. Please let the public know, before it is too late; there are lots of cinnamon users out there. Thank you.

Valencia Richards

Posted by armena on January 11, 2007 6:20 AM

I just found out about Cinnamon via MSN website review. What type of cinnamon are you using - from the spice container? How much does one take on a daily basis to control Cholesterol? Insulin?
Can you take Tablets if so how many mg?
Thanks

Posted by Denise on January 11, 2007 6:51 AM

for you and david

Posted by judith Farb on January 11, 2007 7:18 AM

I am a borderline diabetic and last year my blood results were up even more, I have just found out about the benefits of cinnamon for diabetics so now I am having 1 teaspoon of cinnamon on my cereal every day so I will see how my blood tests are in June, I will let you all know

Posted by Bev Ryan on January 19, 2007 8:44 PM

I've read that most of the cinnamon sold in the US isn't really true cinnamon.

If anyone wants to try this they should make sure they are using real cinnamon, try health food stores or et cetera.

Posted by Bruce on January 20, 2007 2:07 PM

Do we really want our blood not to clot? "Benefit" #5

Posted by Alison on January 21, 2007 9:48 PM

I am a diabetic AND a person with heart and vascular problems. For more than a year I have been using diabetes with my oatmeal, baked apples, etc., and I feel pretty pleased with the results. My doctor knows what I am doing and does not discourage it, although I wish he would play a more active role.
With regard to Alison's question--yes, there are times when we really do not want our blood to clot. For example, if the clotting takes place in the carotid arteries. I am following a non-surgical and admittedly self-invented regimen to keep from having a stroke; and as I have said my doctor knows about it. I would assume that the cinammon helps in my efforts to keep the arteries open, although my main reliance is on EDTA. So far so good.
I am pretty much disgusted with what I believe to be disinformation that is being handed out regarding cinammon. With regard to the German research suggesting that it is dangerous, I suspect it will turn out that you have to eat an old English bushel of it to have any bad side effects. As to the idea that the cinammon we buy in the supermarket is not "real," my guess is that this is an urban legend put about by people wanting to sell us something far more expensive.

Posted by Berengaria on January 22, 2007 7:48 AM

I recently developed a liking to cinnamon drops. Brach's uses real cinnamon in their Star Brites. There is no taste quite like cinnamon, and it appears to be one of the many beautiful expressions nature has given us for pleasure as well as health and healing. Most of us live in societies that try to make us feel wrong for what we like, for what is natural and feels (tastes) good, while promoting its synthetic and sometimes costly alternatives. Not that there is something wrong with the alternatives, but that nature often times provides us with a more simple and direct solution.

Posted by Breck on January 24, 2007 12:34 AM

I"m a 6 1/2 yr.breast cancer survivor,I"m hypertensive,& I tend to have a high cholesterol level at times,I"ve heard about cinnamon & I take ground fresh real cinnamon once a day I grind the bark myself,I"ve only been doing this a week & I put it in my protein shake in the morning is this healthy or harmful?

Posted by Nora on January 31, 2007 10:00 AM

I need to know how much cinnamon powder and honey should i mix to lose weight. Could you please send it to my mail?

Posted by emily g. kiunisala on January 31, 2007 7:39 PM

I take blood pressure medication and my husband takes cholesterol medication. Sould we take cinnamon powder or not? Please send me an email. Thanks
trish

Posted by Trish Taly on February 1, 2007 3:13 PM

I would be interested in hearing the results from anyone who has tried honey/cinamon for arthritis.

Posted by Judith on February 2, 2007 9:54 PM

I have been told that cinnamon can also help you loose weight. Is this true? I would like more information on this and how much would I need to take daily.

Posted by shiney on February 8, 2007 1:00 AM

I must post once again in regard to "my" cinnamon use.
First off, I use cinnamon in many different things, even sprinkle the type one can purchase at the grocery store...I do know that since I have been using a lot of cinnamon I have much more energy. I do notice that only certain cinnamon gum seem to improve my energy levels.
As far as I am concerned I do not see how we could have bad side effects to it unless of course we poured it into a cup and choked on it. I believe that in some cultures cinnamon is even put into meat dishes..Wish we had some type of scientific data in regard to cinnamon.

Posted by Caroline Trinidad on February 9, 2007 12:14 PM

I checked out a site through entering "real cinnamon" maybe that will help.

Posted by tess on February 9, 2007 6:43 PM

Thanks Tracy I love cinnamon
but i never knew this!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ab on February 10, 2007 7:02 AM

I have been told that cinnamon can also help you loose weight. Is this true? I would like more information on this and how much would I need to take daily.

Posted by pushpa on February 15, 2007 10:05 PM

I see a lot of questions but NO answers. Why say cinnamon is great if there are no answers to all the wondeful statements of how people are injesting the stuff.

Posted by Dave on February 22, 2007 9:12 AM

I make cinnamon capsules because i hate the taste but since i learned of the benefits i can do away with having to taste it. i buy empty capsules from the drug store and manually pack 500mg capsules for our daily take.. i do the same thing on curry because i also do not like the taste.. my husband is a diabetic and he takes 2 caps of both a day.. no sweat because i make my own capsules... i will start my own cinnamon therapy and will see how it will go...

Posted by Aleta on February 24, 2007 12:41 AM

I found this on the net about cinnamon some time ago, here it is.""Slimming- Mix 1 Table. honey and 1/2 Teasp. cinnamon in one cup water. Take in morning (daily) 1/2 hour before breakfast and on empty stomach and at night before sleep, cures obesity if taken regulary as it prevents fat from accumulation in the body."" I do not know if it works but like I said ,I found the info on net some time ago.

Posted by A Reader on March 9, 2007 9:13 AM

Here is another one,"" To Lower Cholesterol-Mix 2 tblesp. honey and 3 teasp. cinnamon powder with 16 oz of tea water, it reduces cholesterol level in the body by 10% within 2 hours."" again do not know if it really works but it was found on the net.

Posted by A Reader on March 9, 2007 9:21 AM

This is the last one as I had copyed them off the net.""Make paste of powder cinnamon and honey and use as a jam, take regulary for breakfast, it reduces cholesterol,relieves loss of breath, strengthens the heart and revitalize clogged arteries and veins."" Last one folks.Hope they do work as I do not know if they do or not. I wrote them all down so I could put them to use for myself and then forgot to try them out.but now I will start to use them again.

Posted by A reader on March 9, 2007 9:31 AM

I am reading about the benefits of cinnamon...are there any disadvantages?
Thanks.

Posted by Gene on March 15, 2007 6:46 AM

I need to loose weight and watch my sugar levels, will cinnamon and honey really help me to loose weight and control my sugar, and if so ,how much do I need to take?

Posted by Cathy Wilson on March 16, 2007 3:52 PM

I heard cinnmon tea is great if you have morning sickness or your stomach is upset!

Posted by Haydee Stoffel on March 22, 2007 7:45 PM

I Just want To know what is The bad effect Of Cinnemon Please

Posted by Angela on April 29, 2007 10:30 PM

Can you please tell me more about cinnamon and honey and how about the questions most asked. let me know please.

Posted by Anne Muchiri on May 2, 2007 4:57 AM

About 17 years ago I was a little overweight. I started to do cinnamon tea 1 tablespoon for 2 cups of water. I drunk it unsweetened. And certainly I lost 35 pounds in 1 1/2 month.
Obviously I strated this on my own before Knowing the benefits of Cinnamon.
Now 17 years later I plan to start all over and will let you know how it works now.

Posted by Ana on May 2, 2007 7:25 AM

Recently I have been hearing about cinnamon tablets for weight loss. I do have high blood pressure, but it is controlled with medication, and I have had a COMPLETE PHYSICAL THRU A Cardiolgist. I am trying to eat right, but am overweight. would be greatly interested in correct dosage of cinnamon tablets for weight loss. Also, I work as an otc stocker, we cannot keep cinnamon on the shelves the last several months. Please help.

Posted by kelsie baxter on May 3, 2007 7:21 AM

Please tell me about the negative effects if I use cinnamon it over a long period.
I have found out that cinnamon stops excessive bleeeding during period times. A friend of mine said she used it all the years and I decided to try it. I don't feel fatigued at all. I don't need to go to the doctor for a prescription for pills and I feel much better during period times as well

Posted by Vedra on May 17, 2007 11:58 PM

I love my husband to take a daily dose of cinnamon to improve the taste of his sperm.

Posted by Sally on June 23, 2007 10:04 AM

Where could I get the answers [commets] asked by the people

Posted by mrs s asokan on June 25, 2007 2:12 AM

How do we know if the cinammon.is not harm. for your health? I heard is bad for you liver Etc. how do we know that?

Posted by lauradee on June 28, 2007 10:35 AM

I HAVE LOST 26 LBS IN 6 WEEKS DRINK HONEY AND CINNAMON

Posted by BERNADETTE on July 3, 2007 10:45 AM

where will i find the answer to all this questions?

Posted by julio najara on July 5, 2007 4:21 AM

Is cinnamon harmful to your liver and will your blood sugar or BP become too low. Thanks.

Anita

Posted by Anita on July 11, 2007 7:08 AM

I take 1-2 1000mg capsules a day which were purchased at CVS Drug Store. Too early to tell...haven't checked cholesterol yet. HOWEVER, It did cure a scalp fungus which I have had for 18-20 years! It is completely gone. I have not noticed any side effects.

Greg

Posted by Greg on July 12, 2007 10:23 AM

Hello,

I am taking dionil (3) times a day & (2) Amolong (2.5mg)& One Ecospirin (75) tablets everyday.
My question is, whether can I take cinnamon 1/2 spoon everyday or should not take while taking those tablets.

Kindly help me.

Regards,
Asif

Posted by Asif on July 16, 2007 3:33 AM

I would like to know if cinnamon is bad for the liver. If is not bad, do you know any store that I can buy cinnamon and honey? or a can mix the regular honey bee with the cinnamon powder. Please send me the answer to my e-mail.
Nora

Posted by Nora on August 12, 2007 11:20 AM

i just heard about cinnamon and honey that it can help loose weight. how many tbsp or tsp of cinnamon and how many tbsp or tsp of honey in a cup (is it 8 oz?) of boiling water?

Posted by maria carmen chua on September 2, 2007 5:21 AM

is cinnamon harmful to the liver ???

Posted by Vlasta on September 2, 2007 11:14 AM

i use cinnamon 1/2 tsp. and 2 spoon honey with glass of water. definetly it helped me for my arthrites.
aruna

Posted by aruna on September 5, 2007 11:04 PM

There is some questions above regarding (1) weigh-loss and
(2) damage of the liver.

Were can we see the answer to the questions above

Posted by marietjie alkers on September 10, 2007 2:41 AM

Is there any herbal product for Hepatitis C?

Posted by Khalid on September 20, 2007 9:29 PM

hi! am a new user of boiled cinnamon sticks in water for my morning coffee coz it adds more aroma and gives a strong bite to it. a friend who once worked in middle-east country told me that women there used and drink cinnamon to have supple skin. please give more info on how to use cinnamon to attain beneficial effects and who else should and should not consume it. Thanks. Godbless

Posted by ishe on October 12, 2007 12:36 AM

Hey everyone! Check Wikipedia for Cinnamon. You'l find that most Cinnamon sold in US is in fact, Cassie.. Even here in India we get Cassie that we think is Cinnamon. Also I heard too much Cinnamon can be toxic. I read in a comment in this very page, that some dude had increased libido?? Lemme try that! t-)

Posted by Styles on October 15, 2007 3:03 AM

"Although some scientists suspect that cinnamon may be toxic at very high doses, at the small doses used in this study, the spice appears to be safe, said Richard Anderson, (CQ) the lead scientist in the Beltsville lab and senior author of the paper. "

http://www.myhealthsense.com/F040824_cinnamon.html

Everything in moderation I suppose! I love my cinnamon, but a little bit goes a long way.

Posted by Daisy007 on October 15, 2007 12:25 PM

My aunt is a diabetic, she started taking cinnamon tablets and her sugar level decreased by almost 100 points in less than two weeks.

Posted by Anonymous on October 31, 2007 6:44 PM

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU USE REAL CINNAMON AND NOT CASSIA.

TOO MUCH CASSIA CAN BE TOXIC.

READ MORE ON HOW TO IDENTIFY REAL CINNAMON

www.ceylon-cinnamon.com

Posted by cater on November 6, 2007 8:42 AM

Ana and Bernadette : did u take this once or more/day? anytime of the day or b4 breakfast.
Bernadette : what quantity did u drink

Posted by Nadia on November 19, 2007 9:59 PM

another great idea is peanut butter, honey, cinnamon an rye bread!
try it. tell me what you think!

Posted by Anonymous on November 22, 2007 4:25 AM

I am truly enjoying all the FREE info about BSM and ACV just by word of mouth, or rather, electronic communication. I was wondering if anyone knew if using BSM to bake with would still be an effective way to take it or would the baking process in some way dimish its affects. We have used it as a sugar substitute in our bread for awhile now.
Thanks.

Posted by Jennifer on November 29, 2007 12:50 AM

Hi,
Thanks for the valuable information.How much cinnamon powder and honey must be mixed together to make a paste as a spread on bread,etc?

Posted by Kudjo Dabri on December 24, 2007 12:01 AM

Have had a large teaspoon of cinnamon in my night time hot soya drink. Several months later found I have lost 2lb, which at 5ft2" is a lot.
I find that after heating milk I use a "stick blender" to mix the cinnamon makes it mix better.

Posted by Merelina on January 1, 2008 5:35 AM

Adverse Reactions
In “normal uses” in cooking, etc, cinnamon is unlikely to cause problems in non-allergic people, and up to ½ teaspoon at a time are thought to be safe. People attempting to take more as a supplement should be aware of the following: Most negative reactions are in the form of skin rashes, or irritation to the tissues of the mouth or stomach. Cinnamon has a mild anti-clotting effect in the blood, which could be beneficial, but it is conceivable that too much could cause bleeding problems, especially when combined with medications which “thin the blood”, including aspirin. In traditional medicine, high doses are not given to pregnant women, due to possible stimulating effects on the uterus.

Posted by m. m.ahi on January 8, 2008 1:38 AM

the adverse reactions of cinnamon as per S.No. 82 above are from internet under"Health Benefits of Cinnamon - Cinnamon for Diabetes and Insulin ..."

Posted by m. m. ahi on January 8, 2008 1:48 AM

'REAL CINNAMON' DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME HEALTH BENEFITS AS THE TYPICAL CASSIA CINNAMON WE ALL BUY IN THE GROCERY STORES.

Posted by OBERTO on February 8, 2008 8:23 AM

I drink a tea of cinnamon with a mix of herbs, the main ingredient is cinnamon. I take this tea 3 days before my period, and the first 3 days of my period, and I have a significant decrease in cramps. I also experience a more pleasant mood.

Tawnya

Posted by Tawnya on February 12, 2008 10:55 AM

PLS REMEMBER EXCESS OF EVERYTHING IN NOT GOOD.

Here are excerps from "abchomeopathy" under 'diabetes and cinnamon"

I have been taking cinnamon now daily for almost two years...not for diabetes, but for the other health benefits it provides. Cinnamon does, indeed, stabalize blood sugar, and when taken in the morning, supports your blood sugar throughout the day. I was putting roughly one to two tablespoons in my shakes every morning (on top of the almost daily servings of delicious, cinnamon laced Indian food for dinner.) Why so much cinnamon, you ask? Well, as much as I would like to be healthy, when I figured out that cinnamon curbed appetite, kept energy levels up, and helped me lose weight in a more natural way, I got hooked...and started using this sumtuous spice very liberally, especially on days when I did not have time for lunch. About four months ago, though, I started to have peculiar symptoms that were not readily attributed to the cinnamon. I had severe stomach pains, like a stomach ache, but much worse...and at first, I thought I had heart burn, so I cut all spicy food out of my diet for about a week (including my morning shakes,) and I got better. But soon after starting up again, I started to have more alarming symptoms: severe, debilitating chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness (frequently bordering on hallucinations,) cold sweats, facial flushing, pain radiating down my left arm and up my neck, and finally, nausea and vomitting. I found that doing any physical activity at all fatigued me, and that I was suffering from tachycardia almost constantly. I felt sick every time I ate (which people with heart burn usually feel better,) and every time I did Yoga (which usually makes me feel great.) I have done a lot of research, and being a thin, mostly healthy, physicially fit and active 30 year old with no history of heart condition either personally or in the family, I found that I couldn't really believe that I have CHF or angina. You know, it is like when you get food poisoning from your favorite restaurant at lunch, and even though you don't get sick until after dinner, you know that it was lunch that was the culprit. I had this feeling that the cinnamon was making me sick. So, I started reading about it and found this:

Essential Oil Poisoning
Journal Journal of Toxicology: Clinical Toxicology
Publisher Taylor & Francis
ISSN 0731-3810
Issue Volume 37, Number 6/1999
Category Original
DOI 10.1081/CLT-100102450
Pages 721-727

"Other signs of acute cinnamon toxicity include facial flushing, shortness of breath, tachycardia, dizziness, and abdominal pain, etc."

and this:

"In their latest paper, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Anderson et al. characterize the insulin-enhancing complexes in cinnamon—a collection of catechin/epicatechin oligomers that increase the body’s insulin-dependent ability to use glucose roughly 20-fold.. Some scientists had been concerned about potentially toxic effects of regularly consuming cinnamon. This new research shows that the potentially toxic compounds in cinnamon bark are found primarily in the lipid (fat) soluble fractions and are present only at very low levels in water soluble cinnamon extracts, which are the ones with the insulin-enhancing compounds. "

Generally, we don't ingest the water soluble extracts, but the ground bark which has the Cinnamaldehyde (also called cinnamic aldehyde) and Coumarin. I have already noticed a marked improvement from withdrawing the overuse of cinnamon from my diet. I do not know how long these toxins stay in the system, or when I may start taking cinnamon again, but as I find more information, I promise I will pass it along. I did read that it is best not to have more than half a teaspoon twice a day. The truth is, it is always good to remember the old adage, "Everything in moderation," and that if you use your good sense and judgement, and pay attention to your body when you make dietary changes, you will end up alright in the end. I hope this helps a little! Best wishes! :)

Posted by annonymous on February 16, 2008 6:17 AM

I pop it in my 'fairtrade!'coffee every morning... it tastes fantastic :)

Posted by emily on February 29, 2008 2:49 AM

oh goodness, just read the last comment. Thanks for the info. I'm going to 'moderate' my use of cinnamon from now on!

Posted by emily on February 29, 2008 2:55 AM

I mix a little in a glass of milk in the morning instead of instant chocolate. It's a pretty good way to incorporate it into your diet if you are a milk drinker.

Posted by Anonymous on March 1, 2008 3:19 PM

I mix a little in a glass of milk in the morning instead of instant chocolate. It's a pretty good way to incorporate it into your diet if you are a milk drinker.

Posted by Anonymous on March 1, 2008 3:19 PM

is there any allege in cinnamon please let me know cause i would like to start to take some

Posted by hazel on March 4, 2008 10:06 AM

I have known that cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels for some time now, but have not given it much of a chance. I am a type 2 diabetic, so I really ought to. From today I started eating pumpkin seeds and love them. From tomorrow I will start and continue with a daily half teaspoonful of cinnamon on my cereal.

Posted by Keith on March 12, 2008 12:18 PM

I just found out about the benefits of cinnamon to our health, I want to know if we are supposed to strained the mixture we make with water and how we cam make it taste better.

Posted by nicole on March 21, 2008 5:16 PM

Please let me is cinnamon harmful to our liver.
Thanks

Posted by Jong Phek Mee on March 23, 2008 9:30 PM

i take lipitor 10 mg.my bp is around 140-84. is taking 500 mg of cinnamon ok...

Posted by JOE on April 17, 2008 4:22 PM

i would like 2 know the quantity of cinnamon & honey is needed for reduce weight

Posted by radhika on May 6, 2008 6:40 AM

with so many questions about cinnamon and it's effects--did anybody ever think about moderation? that's the key. not too much just every once in awhile !

Posted by Liz on June 10, 2008 6:50 PM

there are many benefits to all kinds of spices but we don't need to go overboard with any particular spice. don't forget many spices can be toxic if taken in large doses--a little bit here and a little bit there keeps us healthy. moral of the story is to stay away from processed foods. eat healthy!!!

Posted by Liz on June 10, 2008 6:58 PM

I have just read about cinnamon and its side effects. please let me know a reliable source I can go to for answers.

Posted by lbacon on June 28, 2008 1:10 PM

Overall, the things I've read about cinnamon has been very beneficial. Having said that, it is always good to be moderate and know your own body well enough so as to be alert to changes that are either good or negative. Also, don't be to naive to believe everything you read!

Posted by carol on June 30, 2008 4:18 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMpsd-ZXwcc

Posted by DJ Anderson on July 14, 2008 9:45 AM

I have 2 great ways to drink some cinnamon; 1 being in Horchata. It's a rice drink mixed with cinnamon that I used to think was only found in mexican restaurants, until one day I saw that Kerns had an horchata drink as well. The other yummy way is for you starbucks lovers out there, or for someone wanting to give something new a try. But they have a Chai Creme Frappuccino, but you can get the cinnamon sprinkles blended in, and it usually comes on top. Just a few ideas I didn't see on the list.

Posted by Cori on July 14, 2008 12:22 PM

Where are the answers?

Posted by Teetaa on September 10, 2008 11:54 AM

I was having hypertension symptom for the past two years and undergoing medication.I need to know whether cinnamon can control high blood pressure.If so pls tell me know what type of cinnamon and how much qty in what way i should consume to reduce BP. My BP level is 150/95.

Posted by MANI on September 16, 2008 12:34 AM

when i was very young i remember i used to bite the cinnamon tree in our backgarden. the tree is so sweet, leaves everything,, i loved the taste. ofcourse it was in srilanka(ceylon),
cinnamon could give you health benifits, many i guess. it makes meat curries so so delicious.

Posted by Don on September 21, 2008 1:14 PM

Please advice me if usining cinnamon regularly is it beneficial?

Posted by kamil on October 27, 2008 3:07 AM

iv been taking cinnamon with honey twice a day for 6 months and have lost 17pounds,just mix tablespoon of honey and teaspoon of cinnamon powder in one hot cup of water and drink it on empty stomach in the mornin,wel half hr or 45mins b4 brekky and den again befor u go to sleep it works but that doesnt mean u can eat all the junk food u want and sit on your ass lol..

Posted by humira on November 27, 2008 6:25 PM

what is maximun daily cinnamon intake recommendation ?

Posted by everet on December 1, 2008 5:16 AM

try cinnamon sprinkled on sliced bananas - delicious!

Posted by Kathy on February 18, 2009 9:37 AM

I can't imagine what sort of hillbilly site linked to this page to get all these silly people to show up here. Many of you don't seem to understand how the internet works at all. Just because someone goes through the trouble to write a blog post with some information on the health benefits of cinnamon (1) does *not* mean that they are a medical doctor or a nutritionist or that they otherwise have all the answers to your questions, and (2) even if they did they are not obligated to respond to every single one of you individually and (3) the internet does not work like a Magic 8 Ball where you can just ask it your questions and it will answer right back! If you think your questions are so important and urgent, use Google to try to find your own answers, and educate yourself a little bit so that you are ready to ask your doctor or your nutritionist the right questions!

Posted by Anonymous_Crab on April 14, 2009 5:17 PM

You are 100% correct. You are a crab and we all hope you remain anonymous.

Posted by TO #142 ANON_CRAB on April 16, 2009 8:55 AM

hey! honey n cinnamon works great for weight loss n obesity related issues ... but they say losing too much weight too soon isn't recommended, n has anyone lost inches using this? i lost upto 7 pounds a week but no inches :( but weird thing is i didn't even go on a diet n hardly exercised!!! :D

Posted by virginia on April 17, 2009 12:09 AM

There may be something true to the anti-clotting effect of cinnamon. I am already on a plavix-aspirin regimine, and that thins the blood some. I have been taking a half teaspoon of cinnamon a day. 2 days ago I cut myself on the arm, and this morning it is still bleeding. After two days and one morning there has been no coagulation of the blood at the wound site. That has not happened to me before, and the only change is the addition of cinnamon to my daily diet. I think I'll either reduce the dosage or stop taking the cinnamon all together. I wanted the cholesterol benefits that cinnamon offers, but not this side effect.
Randy Jones in Ohio

Posted by Randy Jones on May 14, 2009 2:06 PM

wow! fantastic about cinnamon!

Posted by maya on May 16, 2009 9:39 PM

My mother is diabetic, so I got a monitor to check mine come to find out mine was extremely high. I did some research and I started on the cinnamon pills. I only took the cinnamon after my sugar would spike, like up to 227. I took two pills and it dropped a 100 points after 30 minutes. Well, I changed how I was taking the cinnamon pills. I take a 1,000 mg. If I thought something would spike my sugar I would take from 500 mg to 1,000 mg BEFORE I ate. Well, the food would never effect my sugar and I have lost 5 inches in my waist in the last 3 weeks! This doesn't include the weight I have lost in my legs and butt! Not only taking the cinnamon before I ate does wonders for my sugar levels, I also lost weight and inches. My sugar stays normal now, I have not had a problem at all. There are other benefits to it that I have noticed in the last few weeks taking the cinnamon pills regularly. One of them is my chlorestoral is back to normal when it was 280.

I wanted to share my experience with other people because the cinnamon might be an answer for someone else.

Posted by Sabrina on June 6, 2009 10:30 AM

thanks,to all...I will try the cinammon and honey...I'm killing myself at the gym...trying to lose weight. but I will combine the 2 together for better results!!!
Mayra

Posted by Mayraa on July 17, 2009 4:16 PM

Cinnamon is a wonder drug and like all drugs it must be respected. Taking small amounts of cinnamon is not harmful to a person at all. If you are looking to lose weight you are barking up the wrong tree. Weight gain and weight loss are similar. It comes down to diet. There is no wonder drug out there that you can pop that will take unwanted weight off of you. So stop looking for it. You gained those unwanted pounds from the the foods that you have been consuming. Just remember that it takes change for change to take place.
Dr. Mark L.Huddleston PhD,DCC.

Posted by Dr. Mark L. Huddleston Phd, DCC on July 20, 2009 7:47 PM

Too much of anything is a bad thing. My mother is from vietnam and she use to eat whole cinnamon sticks as a snack and it caused abnormal nose bleeds. Cinnamon from vietnam is very strong and it is the best kind. Just don't over do it like my mom did. I'm pretty sure 1/2 - 2tsps a day is safe. I wouldn't consume any more than that. And what's this nonsense about cinnamon causing cancer and being toxic in dry form? Such bs. As for weight loss, just stick to foods that have high antioxidants(including cinnamon) and you'll lose weight and be extremely healthy.

Posted by cinnamonlover on July 28, 2009 5:32 PM

I have been craving cinnamon lately which made me curious. I'm so glad I did because I will continue to do so. I have a history of type 2 diabetes in the family, I have mild arthritis, I have a mild iron deficiency, and as a woman I'm trying to get calcium and fiber in wherever I can. I have 1/4 tsp in my coffee and sprinkle wherever else I can - trying to avoid putting it in honey or other sweetener. I love the smell and have it in my kitchen as a reed diffuser but if it boosts cognitive function and memory I might put one in my office. What's the harm?

Posted by Diane on August 17, 2009 7:49 AM

Have found all the above very interesting and will be trying honey and cinnamon to reduce my BP. I was told to use itsp.cinnamon in 1 tab. honey mixed in warm water.
I live in SA

Posted by Norma Hough on August 19, 2009 12:46 AM

Try 1 tsp of cinnamon mixed in with your coffee when making that pot in the morning. Delicious and think of all the benefits.

Posted by Lara on August 21, 2009 6:04 AM

I was on a low carb diet and lost quite a bit of weight. When I would go off it completely, I would gain weight back. I was trying to do a sort of half baked approach of low carbs most of the time. This resulted in fluctuations in my blood sugar. This was not measured, just a fuzzy sugar high feeling after eating carbs then a low energy crash after they wore off. 2 weeks ago, someone suggested to me to eat oatmeal in the morning as a carb that would enter my blood stream slower and level out my blood sugar level. As flavoring, I added Cinnamon. I settled on 1/2 teaspoon to flavor my 3/4 cup oatmeal that I eat just in the morning. This is very likely Cassia, Meijer brand ground Cinnamon. I don't use honey or sugar, I use Splenda to sweeten it. My energy level has been up. I caved to carb cravings a couple times without feeling sugar high after and have not had any crashes. While I would have been happy to maintain my weight, I am not at my lightest I was at when hard core on the low carb. I have lost 7 lbs in the 2 weeks. After finding out my father takes Cinnamon for health purposes, I Googled and found this site. I Googled for some of the studies and found many are actually on Cassia, not true Cinnamon. I also read http://www.bfr.bund.de/cd/8487 posted a couple times in the comments. While it says it can cause liver damage, it says it is not permanent. My take on that is if I get jaundice, stop the cinnamon for a bit then use less when I start up again.

My suggestion for someone thinking it will help is to just try it. If you find it nothing for you after a couple weeks, the question of side effects are moot because there is no point in continuing. I would think most people have already consumed more Cinnamon in their lives than would be consumed in 2 weeks at 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day. If it does things helpful, you can always investigate after the trial to see if you are concerned about long term effects. I found what I was looking for through Google and am not concerned about side effects. Anyone having questions related to my comments can do the same. You need to read the information yourself and make your own decision. You may not come to the same decision as someone else who read the same information.

Posted by Steve on September 1, 2009 3:53 PM

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Very interesting health benefits! Looks like I need to use more cinnamon!

Posted by khaja naseeruddin on October 10, 2009 4:10 AM

I've been on a honey and cinnamon cure for a few weeks now, and last night I woke up several times because my liver was causing me an excruciating pain. The first thing that came to my mind was that I perhaps have gone over board with the cinnamon and honey cure. I take four tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of cinnamon, pour boiling hot water over it in a glass, and drink it twice a day - one in the morning and one at night.

Posted by Shayan on October 11, 2009 6:08 AM

Cinnamon can help, but it can't do everything for you. Anyone who promises quick weight loss with a pill or by eating just this one food is a snake oil salesman. The hard truth is that you have to consume less than your body burns, whether it be just by dieting or dieting and moving about more.

Posted by Hampaiden valkaisu on November 6, 2009 11:20 AM

I know a lot of persons who consume more than they burn and they still remain slim. I want your answers on that. See, those rules dont work every time.

Posted by Ese on January 15, 2013 2:47 AM

I've been using cinnamon for several months as a natural treatment for Type I diabetes and also to decrease my cholesterol level. I have more energy, my metabolism is higher, and my diabetes is under control.

Posted by lisa anderson on November 7, 2009 10:20 PM

There are no pain receptors on your liver....lol

Posted by Anonymous on November 17, 2009 7:28 PM

Wow, If cinnamon is that lethal, perhaps i should be dead! I have been taking a heaping tablespoon of it a day for quite a while now, I put it in my mouth, drink some water, swish it around and swallow, no biggie. I am verry into homeopathic remedies. I went to the docs to get a full check up, healthy as can be, and havent taken any medications for years. no wonder the drug companies are Filthy Rich, someone has a tooth ache, or a hangnail, they run to the doctors office and get a perscription. Drugs dont cure. If the drug companies knew that cinnamon could cure an ailment, think how much money they would loose. Thats why they have nothing good to say about homeopathic remedies!!!!

Posted by Erik on November 26, 2009 11:20 PM

I employed cinnamon sticks, freshly ground in a coffee grinder, on my oatmeal with freshly ground flax seed.
Both my total cholesterol and my triglycerides have dropped below 100 for the past two (2) years now.
Of course, moderate yet daily exercise and a health minded diet help as well.
The cinnamon sticks I use are BADIA's (9 oz pkgd in FL USA) for under $4.00. I share them with friends, family and the like, handing out if not sending out packages of the stuff.
And too, I re-use/re-purpose the empty Badia cinnamon/spice containers to better keep the flax seed and other grains I buy in bulk. Anything high in omega fatty acids I store in these easy-pour containers and keep refrigerated so the oils don't spoil. Flax seed and unroasted, unsalted almonds and walnuts I more often buy in bulk, and when its on sale!

Posted by Buck Dallas on December 9, 2009 6:50 AM

Read ALL the comments before asking your questions.
For Cinnamon to be harmful to your liver you would have to take ridiculous amounts EVERY day.
But it IS true that its better to boil the bark or the ground Cinnamon.

Posted by Reader on December 15, 2009 8:45 PM

I understand the big difference in true cinnamon from Ceylon (thinner bark) and regular cinnamon you find everywhere is the levels of coumarin. Only trace amounts in true vs. high levels in typical cinnamon. I have read SO MANY cinnamon articles and I can't get to the bottom line of exactly how much coumarin is in cinnamon. Coumarin is in strawberries too. They make synthetic coumarin to treat toenail fungus, which is probly why cinnamon has been shown to be good for treating candida/yeast which is a fungus. I would like to see a number telling me how much coumarin is in say 100 grams of cinnamon vs. say 100 grams of strawberries. Anyone?

Posted by Lisa on December 17, 2009 9:16 AM

I know without a doubt the cinnamon helps with diabeties. I was taking 1000mg. of metformin and the doctor wanted to raise it to 15oomg. I said let me try the cinamon for three months. I took two 500mg. of cinnamon a day and now my sugar goes from 84 to 110 (if I eat to much sweets).

Posted by sandra on December 28, 2009 9:42 AM

I have all manner of digestive problems, including constant and often severe stomach pain. Antacids do little to help. Yesterday a woman saw me drinking Pepto Bismol straight from the bottle and she suggested eating a spoonful of cinnamon. I tried it today, and was amazed. Within minutes my stomach had almost completely stopped hurting. I feel better than I have in weeks.

Posted by Charles Jones on February 2, 2010 8:40 AM

I've heard about "fake" cinnamon, but just what would be used as a replacement cinnamon?

Posted by Biff on February 6, 2010 11:22 AM

I've been taking Cinnamon Capsules daily for at least 4 - 5 years. I don't have any known health problems, I just take Cinnamon to keep my blood sugar in check. It definitely works, I've tested it myself with a Blood Glucose Tester I bought down town. -- Cinnamon also calms me a little and keeps me from getting crabby. I've heard it's an antioxidant (neutralizes free radicals which are what cause us to age) ... and that it helps lower triglyceride levels. So I can definitely see how it could help someone lose weight, as it safely aids in sugar and fat metabolism. -- One thing I'd like to add is that Cinnamon is a good source of Manganese and a Manganese deficiency, according to the FDA, is the cause of Carpal Tunnel. Anyways, I type a lot and play guitar, still no Carpal Tunnel even though I was starting to feel tightening in my hands and wrists before I started taking cinnamon. -- My Grandma said you're not suppose to take Cinnamon if you're on High Blood Pressure Medicine. Maybe it'll lower your blood pressure too much, I'm not sure but I'll bookmark this, call a dietitian I know and update u guys maybe in a few days. - And finally, to answer someone's question, Cinnamon is Fat Soluble and is stored in the liver. So ... yes u could over-dose but you'd have to eat a ton.

Posted by Boo!! on February 17, 2010 3:37 AM

There is one more benefit I have yet to see here. Though I didn’t read every single posting. I have been taking Cinnamon pills for yrs. It really hasn’t help lower my sugar. I am on diabetes medications for type 2. I was taking Cinnamon pills for another reason. I’m a 54 yr old man. Some of us at 54 have some problems in the relations area with there spouse. I was taking that little blue pill for help. Because of Ins change, I had to pay for that pill out of pocket. Those damn pills are $10.00 a piece. A friend of mine told me to start taking an over the counter Cinnamon pill I can buy at any Walmart. Lets just say I’m doing MUCH MUCH better now. No more problems in that area anymore. Woooooohooooooooo….
What I say here may not work for everyone. Its worth a try though. Beats having to buy those blue pills.

Posted by Mike on January 28, 2012 1:51 AM

Hi... which cinnamon do you use? is it from walmart? and how much do you take at a time? I will let my husband know.... I like your whoooo hooooo comment!

Posted by Nurse Mel on January 28, 2012 4:54 PM

Bad Side Effects listed here:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/cinnamon-side-effects.html

Please remember - especially those eager to lose weight - that too much of anything is a bad thing. You CAN overdose on cinnamon. It DOES have side-effects that may harm certain people.

Incorporate cinnamon as part of a healthy diet and you should all be fine.

Cheers.

Posted by Nightarrow85 on July 9, 2012 7:39 PM

These are really great and true tips. Cinnamon can really improve your health there is no doubt. However you should think about what kind of "Cinnamon" you are eating. A lot of cinnamon that is cheap is ok, but not true Ceylon Cinnamon. Ceylon Cinnamon is not only better for you but it is less bitter.

Posted by Ceylon Cinnamon is Real Cinnamon on August 5, 2012 2:02 PM

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Posted by Chloe Anderson on December 3, 2012 9:26 PM

I am a borderline diabetic and last year my blood results were up even more, I have just found out about the benefits of cinnamon for diabetics so now I am having 1 teaspoon of cinnamon on my cereal every day so I will see how my blood tests are in June, I will let you all know. Thanks

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