Scientifically, there is only one true cinnamon, cinnamomum zeylanicom also known as cinnamomun verum. This cinnamon is commonly called Sweet Cinnamon or Ceylon Cinnamon. The variety known as cinnamomum cassia, cinnamomum aromaticaum and cinnamomum burmannii is commonly known as cassia, sagong, java, or padang cinnamon. The main difference between Sweet Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon is the cost and amount of coumarin contained. Coumarin is known for its anti-coagulant properties. Sweet Cinnamon has very low coumarins while Cassia Cinnamon has very high coumarins which may be detrimental to some individuals with blood pressure issues.

Some Benefits of Cinnamon: Studies have shown that just 1 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol. It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood. Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes. In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Dept of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the rapid reproduction of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combine with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month. When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative. One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the e.coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. /p>

Caution from Trish Seaward, CN, CET:
Sweet Cinnamon has some low blood thinning properties and herefore should be used cautiously by those on blood thinning pharmaceutical medication. Cinnamon can also be toxic if used in very large doses (more than 2 tablespoons daily), especially in oil form, over an extended period of time. 

I have been taking & 1 tsp of dry cinnamon for the last 3 years. I am not a diabetic, and don't want to become one. I had glucose levels in the mid 115-130 range then and as of last August it was 106. I'm told I am pre-diabetic since they lowered the parameters last year (2005) from 60-109 to 60-99. I put cinnamon in a pan with 1 cup of water and boil it for a few minutes and then let it sit for 5 minutes and then strain into a cup. I only use the liquid portion and discard what''s left in the strainer. I mix this liquid with milk and a little unsweetened chocolate to give it flavor and drink daily. Cinnamon in its dry form can be toxic when used regularly and is why I make a liquid. I understand cinnamon also lowers cholesterol but it's best not to take if one is already on cholesterol medication. Diane, 6 July 2006

Started cinnamon 6 month ago. Cholesterol dropped, HBP lowered and sugar levels dropped. SusanAnn Sheidy 16 Oct 2006.

I am a diabetic and person with heart and vascular problems. For more than a year I have been using cinnamon with my oatmeal, baked apples, etc., and I feel pretty pleased with the results. My doctor knows what I am doing and does not discourage my usage. I am following this non-surgical and admittedly self-invented regimen to keep from having a stroke. Berengaria, 22 Jan 2007.

I have found that cinnamon stops excessive bleeding during my period. I don''t feel fatigued at all and I don''t need to go to the doctor for a prescription for pills, and I feel much better. Vedra, 17 May 2007

I use the liquid from boiled cinnamon sticks for my morning coffee. It adds aroma and gives a strong bite to it. A friend who once worked in the Middle East, told me that women there drink cinnamon to have supple skin. Ishe, 12 Oct 2007.

My aunt is diabetic. She started taking cinnamon tablets and her glucose level decreased by almost 100 points in less than two weeks. Anonymous, 31 Oct 2007.

I have been taking cinnamon daily for almost two years for the health benefits. Cinnamon does indeed stabilize blood sugar, and when taken in the morning, supports blood sugar throughout the day. I was putting roughly one to two tablespoons in my shakes every morning and eating daily servings of cinnamon laced Indian food for dinner. About four months ago I started to have severe stomach pains and, at first, thought I had heartburn. So I cut all spicy food out of my diet for about a week (including my morning shakes) and I got better. Soon after continuing my usual diet, I started to have severe, debilitating chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness (frequently bordering on Hallucinations), cold sweats, facial flushing, pain radiating down my left arm and up my neck, and finally, nausea and vomiting. I found that doing any physical activity at all was fatigued me an that I was suffering from tachycardia almost constantly. I felt very sick every time I ate and every time I did Yoga (which usually makes me feel great). Being a thin, mostly healthy, physically fit and active 30 year old with no history of heart condition either personally or in my family, I found that I couldn't really believe that I have CHF or angina. It''s like when you get food poisoning from your favorite restaurant at lunch and even though you don''t get sick until after dinner, you know that it was lunch that was the culprit. I had that feeling about cinnamon. That it was making me sick. So I started researching and found in the Journal of Toxicology: Clinical Toxicology (pages 721-727) regarding Essential Oil Poisoning. Other signs of acute cinnamon toxicity include facial flushing, shortness of breath, tachycardia, dizziness, and abdominal pain, etc. New research shows that the potentially toxic compounds in cinnamon bark are found primarily in the lipid (fat) soluble fractions and are present only at very low levels in water soluble cinnamon extracts, which are the ones with the insulin-enhancing compounds. Generally we don''t ingest the water soluble extracts, but the ground bark which has the cinnamaldehyde and coumarin. I have noticed a marked improvement from withdrawing the overuse of cinnamon. I did read that it is best not to have more than 1 tsp twice a day. The truth is, it is always good to remember the adage everything in moderation. If you use common sense and pay attention to your body when you make dietary changes, you will be alright. Anonymous, 16 Feb 2008.

I have been taking cinnamon with honey twice a day for 6 months and have lost 17 pounds. I mix a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in one cup of hot water and drink on an empty stomach in the morning, again a half or to 45 minutes before breakfast, and again before I go to sleep. It works but that doesn't mean that you can eat all the junk food you want and sit on your.... Humira, 27 Nov 2008.

I've been taking cinnamon capsules daily for at least 5 years. I don't have any known health problems but take cinnamon to keep my blood sugar in check. It definitely works. I've tested it myself with Blood Glucose Tester. Cinnamon also calms me a little and keeps me from getting crabby. I've heard it''s an antioxidant (neutralizes free radicals that result in aging) and it helps lower triglyceride levels. So I can definitely see how it could help someone lose weight as it safely aids in sugar and fat metabolism. One thing I'd like to add is that cinnamon is a good source of manganese and according to the FDA, manganese deficiency is the cause of Carpal Tunnel. I type a lot and play guitar and still no Carpal Tunnel even though I was starting to feel tightening in my hands and wrists before I started taking cinnamon. Cinnamon is fat soluble and stored in the liver so you could over-dose, but you''d have to eat a ton. Boo, 17 Feb 2010.

"I mix 1 cup of cinnamon powder, 1 cup of Immune Boost powder, 1 cup spirulina powder, 1/2 cup of kelp powder into a container of ORAC Energy Greens (364 grams = approx 3 cups). Usually daily, I will drink two 12 oz bottles into which I have put 1 Tbsp or 1/2 scoop per bottle of this mix. I drink it when I am thirty, hungry, and take supplements. That way I am getting all the vitamins, minerals, and much of the alkaline water necessary for my health and well-being. It helps keep my blood sugar level (which helps greatly with fluctuating hormones/hot flashes/mood swings), and helps to keep my cardiovascular system healthy. I take additional spirulina capsules to help with weight loss and maintenance."
- Trish Seaward, CN, CET