Ceylon cinnamon is used for indigestion (dyspepsia), diarrhea, diabetes, obesity, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods, cinnamon is used as a spice and as a flavoring agent in beverages.
In manufacturing, cinnamon oil is used in small amounts in toothpaste, mouthwashes, gargles, lotions, liniments, soaps, detergents, and other pharmaceutical products and cosmetics.
How does it work ?
There are also ingredients in Ceylon cinnamon called tannins that might help wounds by acting as an astringent, and also prevent diarrhea.
Uses & Effectiveness ?
Possibly Ineffective for
- Diabetes. Early research shows that taking Ceylon cinnamon daily does not lower blood sugar in people with well-controlled diabetes. There is weak evidence that it might help people with poorly controlled diabetes. But higher quality research is needed to confirm.
- Obesity. Taking Ceylon cinnamon every day for 2-3 months does not seem to decrease body weight.
Insufficient Evidence for
- Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea). Early research shows that taking Ceylon cinnamon for the first 3 days of menstruation may improve pain in women with menstrual cramps.
- Hay fever. Using a nasal spray containing Ceylon cinnamon might improve symptoms of hay fever.
- Swelling (inflammation) and sores inside the mouth (oral mucositis). Early research shows that rinsing the mouth with 10 mL of mouthwash containing Ceylon cinnamon leaf oil helps prevent mouth sores in some people with dentures.
- Thrush. Early research shows that taking lozenges containing Ceylon cinnamon for one week improves thrush in some people with HIV. But it doesn't seem to help everyone.
- A hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with cysts (polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS). Some early research shows that taking Ceylon cinnamon reduces insulin resistance in women with PCOS. But it doesn't appear to improve fasting blood sugar levels, blood fat levels, weight, or body mass index. Other research shows that taking Ceylon cinnamon along with other herbal ingredients for 3 months leads to regular periods, improves the chances of conception, lowers blood pressure, improves quality of life, and decreases symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress in overweight women with PCOS. It's unclear if the effects of the combination supplement are due to Ceylon cinnamon, other ingredients, or the combination.
- Illness from a Salmonella bacteria infection (salmonellosis). Consuming Ceylon cinnamon might help treat a salmonella infection.
- A long-term disorder of the large intestines that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS).
- Appetite stimulation.
- Common cold.
- Early orgasm in men (premature ejaculation).
- Flu (influenza).
- Gas (flatulence).
- Indigestion (dyspepsia).
- Infection of the intestines by parasites.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Breast-feeding: Ceylon cinnamon is LIKELY SAFE when taken in food amounts during breast-feeding. Not enough is known about the safety of taking larger amounts. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Diabetes: Ceylon cinnamon might lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use Ceylon cinnamon.
Low blood pressure: Ceylon cinnamon might lower blood pressure. Taking Ceylon cinnamon might cause blood pressure to drop too low in people who already have low blood pressure.
Surgery: Ceylon cinnamon can affect blood pressure and blood sugar levels and might interfere with blood pressure and blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking cinnamon at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CEYLON CINNAMON
Cinnamon bark might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking cinnamon bark along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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