Cinnamon side effects


What side effects cinnamon has?

Cinnamon bark, taken in excess or prolonged use, is toxic and can cause burning mouth, ulcers or sores in the mouth. This is what usually happens to people chewing cinnamon along the day.

In high doses is responsible for the onset of breathing difficulties or seizures.

Even at therapeutic doses (2-4 grams daily), it can cause stomach problems such as diarrhea, gastritis, or allergic reactions in some people.

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  • Contact dermatitis: in sensitive individuals cinnamon can cause contact dermatitis.
  • Allergy and redness of the skin: the essential oil is sensitizer and can cause allergies when applied on the skin. For its allergenic potential, the extract and cinnamon essential oil should not be given to children under 6 years.
  • Vomiting, nausea and diarrhea: aromatic components can cause various digestive symptoms when taken in large quantities, such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Colic: cinnamon contains substances in its essential oil (cinnamaldehyde) that can cause gallstone biliary colic.
  • Decreased blood sugar: cinnamon extract can reduce blood sugar levels. Check with your doctor before taking cinnamon extract if you have diabetes, to agree on treatment guidelines and avoid hypoglycemia.

Precautions using cinnamon

  • Do not use extract or essential oil of cinnamon if you are pregnant: not recommended in pregnant women because safety has not been demonstrated in these cases.

The use of preparations of cinnamon is contraindicated in pregnant or lactating women. Its use stimulates the movements of the uterus which can cause abortions.

Women who wish to become pregnant should not take it because it is believed to have contraceptive properties. In fact, in India, the women taken after childbirth to delay a possible pregnancy.

Also not be given to children under two years.

* Related information: Cinnamon contraindications, cinnamon toxicity

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

9 November, 2021

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