Cassia cinnamon contains chemicals that seem to improve insulin sensitivity, which might help blood sugar control in people with diabetes. It also contains cinnamaldehyde. This chemical might help fight bacteria and fungi.
Cassia cinnamon is a very common spice and flavoring agent in foods. As medicine, people most commonly use cassia cinnamon for diabetes. It is also used for prediabetes, obesity, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse cassia cinnamon with other types of cinnamon, including Ceylon cinnamon, Indian cassia, Padang cassia, and Saigon cinnamon. Also don't confuse cassia cinnamon with other plants known as cassia, including cassia auriculata and cassia nomame. These are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
When applied to the skin: Cassia cinnamon is possibly safe when used short-term. It might cause skin irritation and allergic skin reactions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Cassia cinnamon is possibly safe when used short-term. It might cause skin irritation and allergic skin reactions. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Cassia cinnamon is commonly consumed in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if cassia cinnamon is safe to use in larger amounts while pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Children: Cassia cinnamon is possibly safe when taken by mouth appropriately. One gram of cassia cinnamon daily has been used safely in teens for up to 3 months.
Liver disease: Cassia cinnamon contains a chemical that might harm the liver. If you have liver disease, do not take cassia cinnamon in amounts larger than those normally found in food.
Perioperative: Cassia cinnamon might lower blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking cassia cinnamon as a medicine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CASSIA CINNAMON
Cassia cinnamon might lower blood sugar levels. Taking cassia cinnamon along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs) interacts with CASSIA CINNAMON
Taking large doses of cassia cinnamon might harm the liver. Some medications can also harm the liver. Taking large doses of cassia cinnamon along with a medication that can harm the liver might increase the risk of liver damage.
Be cautious with this combination
As medicine, cassia cinnamon powder has most often been used by adults in doses ranging from 120 mg daily up to 6 grams daily for up to 4 months. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what dose might be best for a specific condition.
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