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What are the risks of taking cinnamon?

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Very high quantities of cassia cinnamon may be toxic, particularly in people with liver problems. Because cinnamon may lower blood sugar, people with diabetes may need to adjust their treatment if they use cinnamon supplements. Coumarin, an ingredient in some cinnamon products, may cause liver problems; however, the amount of this compound ingested is usually so small that this wouldn’t happen for most people. Given the lack of evidence about its safety, cinnamon -- as a treatment -- is not recommended for children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

From: Cinnamon WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Cinnamon.”

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: “About Herbs: Cinnamon.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on September 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Cinnamon.”

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: “About Herbs: Cinnamon.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on September 16, 2019

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