I looked up worlds healthiest spices and cinnamon made the list. I love cinnamon, but I would rather have it with food not just mixed with water. I don't use enough of it to be really worried about having too much.
the only true research has been done on cinnamon and diabetes control. NO OTHER disease states. One study showed a positive result in lowering blood sugar levels, and 3 stuides showed nothing. SO CURRENTLY, there is insufficient reliable evidence to rate cinnamon. In most of these studies about 1-6 grams of cinnamon was used, which is about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon daily. the studies lasted about 4 months.
SO before you go out and start gulping down cinnamon--check with your doctor and realize you are probably doing NOTHING to benefit your health.
Cinnamon can be toxic to the liver at very high amounts.
The jury is still out. What it's starting to look like is that cinnamon might help people with really poorly controlled diabetes. If you don't have diabetes, though, it's probably not helpful. (Anything that helps diabetics control blood glucose will also help their cholesterol and triglyceride levels, but again, it's not going to do much for non-diabetics.) It's undergoing research, but it's still in the early stages, far too soon to start using it because of any possible benefits (other than making your food taste good.)
It can be toxic in large amounts, but nobody knows how large. Again, it's early in the research. All the information I've seen says it's really not advisable to use it except as a spice.
How much cinnamon are you eating? My guess, if you're only eating it as a seasoning, it probably isn't enough to really affect anything.
11/25/10 4:10 P
I have conflicting reports about the health benefits of taking cinnamon. Some say it is good for your heart, helps control diabetes/insulin, anti-fungal properties, digestive system and arthritis. Other reports say that it can thin blood too much and may be toxic to your liver. Does anyone have any info about this?
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