Health Effects of Cinnamon

What to look for first?

The health effects from cinnamon can vary from good to harmful. When consumed in large amounts it contributes to various health problems including liver damage, difficulty breathing, and reacting with other medications.

There are excellent health benefits from cinnamon when consumed in the correct doses and even better when using the high-quality cinnamon instead of the cheaper versions that come in the supermarket.

Research has shown that the cheaper Cassia cinnamon that you buy from the spice aisle of the grocery store has about 65% more of coumarin than you get from the more expensive type of cinnamon you can purchase online or from a health food store.

The key is to practice moderation when using the cheaper Cassie cinnamon and if you want to get the health benefits to consider spending the extra money to buy some Ceylon cinnamon from a reputable source.

I have been using the cheaper Cassia cinnamon for the past four months since I learned about the benefits of cinnamon, there have not been any side effects, and the amount that I am using is well below the thresholds that described in the research material that I have read.


It seems prudent, if you are taking something to improve your health, and then find out that there are tiny toxins in the product (no matter how small the amount) it is better to look for another source that does not contain the impurities.

Especially when the difference in price is less than twenty dollars! That is not enough savings to even consider the cheaper Cassia cinnamon over the Ceylon cinnamon for health supplement uses.

Cinnamon Sticks Health Benefits.

In researching for this article, it came to my attention that the two types of cinnamon are both readily available online and even listed in some local grocery stores.

The question then is to find out which form (powder or stick) is appropriate for the way you want to use the cinnamon. The stick form is better suited for placing in liquid and letting it infuse with the fluid to make a beverage to drink while the powder form is best for measuring out for recipes.

There are many claims that cinnamon will assist in weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, increase sensitivity to insulin and help with type 2 diabetes, reduce inflammation, with the high antioxidant levels prevent damage from free radicals and even help with preventing heart disease by lowering the bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the bloodstream.

Benefits to weight loss

Cinnamon has had many studies linking it to many impressive health benefits that peak interest in adding it as a supplement to ack as an insurance policy against diseases that can be debilitating or even deadly.

It still amazes me to think about how much the typical person does not know about natural remedies and how to find the correct information about the available natural solutions.

This issue inspires me to study more both to help raise awareness to others and to gain knowledge for myself. It makes much more sense to take natural ingredients when possible to get off of the pharmaceutical drugs.

Uncommon Uses for Cinnamon.

Here are some interesting things that some people are using cinnamon for and the reasoning behind the practice.

Some claim smelling the cinnamon can boost your memory and sharpen your mind. It always feels good when making something with cinnamon, so it is worth a try.

Making a room feel warm and relaxing to promote a soothing effect is possible with adding the fragrance of cinnamon in the air. Scented oils or air fresheners can provide this effect.

There are many claims that cinnamon will help with weight loss, so mixing it with foods that taste good with cinnamon is a way to increase the amount of cinnamon in your diet.

Cinnamon has excellent anti-fungal properties when added to homemade creams works to clear up the skin. Mix cinnamon with honey and apply directly to bug bites for an all-natural treatment.

Adding cinnamon to your teas and coffee can help fight the common flu and acts as a diuretic to reduce water retention in the body.

Diet Benefits of Cinnamon.

Research indicates that there are many benefits to adding more cinnamon to your diets, and better to add the Ceylon cinnamon vs. the Cassie cinnamon.

Cinnamon added to the regular food is one approach to increasing the amount of cinnamon to your diet.

Not all foods are good candidates to the spice but adding it to tea and coffee is a good fit and usually is complementary to the beverage.

Cinnamon Bun

Nobody wants to choke down something that tastes bad if they do not have too! So, it is better t find some recipes that you like that can be added to your diet and is sustainable because you enjoy it consuming the food or drink.

Changing the way we look at food is also changing the way we think about modifying recipes to accommodate adding additional spices that are healthy for us.

This methodology gives me the idea to think along the lines of how would a particular recipe be enhanced with the addition of cinnamon or even other healthy herbs and plants.

Cinnamon Tea Health Benefits

Adding cinnamon to tea is an idea that is growing on me and since the focus in my life has switched to becoming more healthy-minded with the choices of foods and drinks.

Cinnamon Tea

Cutting out the diet soft drinks is a challenge for myself, and many other people struggle with cutting things from their diets. To me, it is better to focus on what you can have instead of the things that you want to stop consuming.

If we can make that kind of adjustments to our thinking, then the lifestyle change will be easier to accomplish. Focus on the things that you can develop into good habits, and then the taste buds will change to adapt to the new diet.


Cinnamon can be an excellent addition to your food and bring with it some fantastic possibilities. Just like everything else in life the key is moderation and learning what the effects are on you.

Switching from the Cassie cinnamon to the Ceylon cinnamon is something that is an easy thing to do and will increase the chances to improve many areas of your health.

Thanks for stopping by and reading the article, please share any thoughts that you have on the subject in the comment section below.

18 comments on “Health Effects of Cinnamon

  • Kristina says:

    Hi Chad, I loved reading your article. I was a bit shocked with the Cassie cinnamon, I mean I heard there are two types of the cinnamon, but I never learned much about it. When I finished reading this article, the first thing that I did is I went to check out which cinnamon I use in my kitchen, and of course, it is the Cassie one. I was assuming that, but hoping that I was wrong. 🙂

    It’s a funny thing that no one in stores tells us about this, so I never give much attention to it, and by the way, I love cinnamon and use it often. So I will go with the Ceylon one from now on.

    I see that this cinnamon have a lot of benefits for us, but do you maybe know if it’s good to give it to pets in some small amounts? Before all to dogs and cats.

    P.S. Thanks for the great information.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Glad to raise your awareness of the differences between the two types of cinnamon, it is essential to people who are using more than two tablespoons of cinnamon per day.  

      Sorry but I do not know if cinnamon is good for pets, have not got that question or even thought about it, will have to do some research and see what information is out there on the subject.

  • Lynda says:

    I love the article! I have researched a lot of herbs and cinnamon was one of them. It tastes really good on meat in a marinade as well. I am glad you talked about the difference between the two different types. I was wondering if the pills are better than just eating the spice in food, is there a difference?

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your comments and your question, choosing between the pills, powder, or the stick form is going to depend on the supplier and the quality that they provide. I think that the less processed food or spice is, the better it is for you, I would lean toward the stick Ceylon cinnamon for the drinks and getting some ground Ceylon cinnamon for measuring out for recipes.

  • Sharon says:

    Hello Chad. I often read or heard about the health benefits of cinnamon, but seldom people mention about the effects. Thanks for bringing this up. 

    I love cinnamon in my coffee, and it gives a warm taste and pleasant aroma. And I am sure many of us enjoy a cinnamon bun. 

    Not too long ago, I found out about the difference between Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon. It is quite easy to see the difference in the form of the cinnamon stick but has to rely on the product label when it comes to ground cinnamon. Although I don’t consume much to the extent of having any health effects, I still prefer using Ceylon cinnamon.

    Thanks for the informative article.


    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read and share your thoughts on cinnamon in your diet and the importance of understanding the nutritional labels on the products that we buy. It is so important to be conscientious shoppers with all the advertisements that are out there trying to influence your decisions.

  • Nuttanee says:

    Thank you for writing for such an informative post about cinnamon. I had no idea until now that there are 2 types of cinnamon and too much can be toxic to us! I always thought that the difference between the cheap one and the expensive are just about packaging.

    I usually boil the cinnamon in the water every time I cook my Thai food. There is this staple called Plara (stinky anchovies), every time I cook it my husband cannot take the smell of the place, so my friend told me that while I prepare the Plara to try boiling the cinnamon while cooking and it works like magic. If your kitchen or place smell tries it next time 🙂 I will be sure to look for Ceylon cinnamon.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for the tip on using the cinnamon to control the smells from foods while cooking I will keep that in mind to try while cooking. The Ceylon cinnamon is more subtle than the Cassie cinnamon and is better to mix with teas and coffee beverages. 

  • Tolu says:

    I appreciate this informative post on the health effects of cinnamon. I have picked some valuable things from this. Cinnamon benefits one’s health in many ways. Ever since I read of its benefits two years ago, my wife has always included it when preparing meals. I agree that there needs to be moderation when consuming cinnamon. We use the powdering form, and my health now compared to two years ago has improved.  

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you for sharing your experiences with supplementing with cinnamon in your diet, glad to hear that you have had some good results. The Ceylon cinnamon does not have the risk of adverse side effects as the Cassie cinnamon does in high quantities. Something to consider when buying your ingredients.

  • Colby S says:

    I knew there was research saying that cinnamon could help with weight loss, but I had no idea that it could help my cholesterol as well!  Does cooking cinnamon affect the potency as it does with most fruits and vegetables?

    Also, are there any supplements I could take along with my other daily vitamins?

    • Chad Trader says:

      The nutrients are in the cinnamon and stay with it when cooked or heated with tea and coffee. There are excellent supplements to add with cinnamon and enhances the effectiveness, turmeric, fresh lemon, and honey come to mind right off the bat and work very well in a tonic.

  • Selenity Jade says:

    I love cinnamon! That said, I couldn’t eat it all the time, so I don’t think I need to worry about the health risks of too much cinnamon. I’m just thrilled there’s a reason to keep eating it (or drinking it). Thanks for the post! I’m going to get some sticks to add to my tea next chance I get. I hadn’t considered doing that before. 

    • Chad Trader says:

      The cinnamon helps the taste of tea, and that was a surprise to me as well. Glad you enjoyed the article and got an idea from the post to try for yourself. Enjoy!

  • Sue says:

    Thanks for this educational look at cinnamon and its health benefits. I did not know that if taken in large quantities, cinnamon could be dangerous. I do know about Ceylon cinnamon because about six weeks ago, I found out that I had high blood pressure.

    I have several friends on ‘big pharmaceutical’ blood pressure medicine, (some are on 2 or 3 different ones) and I wanted to try something natural first. I went online and found a product that is Ceylon cinnamon, vitamin B-6, and magnesium. I’m supposed to take it for 3 – 4 months before noticing a significant decrease in BP. I will let you know! Great article and keep up the good work!


    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for the comment and sharing your story on your experience with taking cinnamon to reduce your blood pressure. It has helped mine come down but not enough to get me off of the blood pressure meds. That is the goal to get off the drugs and using all natural remedies as I learn about them.


    This article is lovely, and cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits. Reading through your eyeopening post, I have learned more knowledge. I am going to give cinnamon a try and check out definitely. 

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read the article and make a comment hope that you find what you are looking for in improving your health with cinnamon supplements. 

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