How does Cinnamon Bark work?
The oils found in cinnamon bark are thought to reduce spasms, reduce gas (flatulence), and stimulate the appetite. Cinnamon might also increase blood flow. Cinnamon bark also contains a chemical that might work like insulin
to lower blood sugar.
Are there safety concerns?
Consuming cinnamon bark in food amounts is safe. Cinnamon bark seems to be safe for most people, in amounts slightly higher than those found in foods. It is unsafe when taken in large amounts. Ingesting cinnamon oil might not be safe. The oil can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes, including the stomach, intestine, and urinary tract. It can cause side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness
, sedation, and others.
Do not use cinnamon in amounts greater than those found in food if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have diabetes. Cinnamon might lower blood sugar.
- You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.