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Cinnamon is not only delicious, it is also very healthy
Especially at Christmas time, cinnamon is a popular spice for pastries and desserts in this country. It can also be used to refine tea and coffee. But cinnamon is not only tasty, it is also a real miracle weapon for health: It is supposed to stimulate the metabolism and thereby help with weight loss, have a disinfectant effect, promote intestinal health, keep blood sugar levels constant, lower cholesterol levels, prevent diabetes and improve memory.
A new scientific study now provides evidence that cinnamon bark extract could also alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis. The typical symptoms of an allergic runny nose, such as a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy, burning and red eyes, can be extremely uncomfortable for those affected. In addition, sleep disorders, headaches, fatigue and fatigue are often added. An extract from cinnamon bark could help here.
The symptoms of allergic rhinitis can severely affect the quality of life and sometimes the ability to work. But now there is hope for a natural active ingredient with few side effects, which is obtained from the bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum). A recently published study provides promising evidence that a nasal spray with standardized cinnamon bark extract could relieve allergic seasonal rhinitis.
More health benefits from cinnamon
Studies have also shown how helpful cinnamon can be in losing weight and that cinnamon spices improve learning ability and our memory.
Caution: Too much cinnamon can also hurt
As is so often the case with active ingredients in health, too much of a good thing can have negative effects. Too large quantities of cinnamon can be harmful to your health: cinnamon contains coumarin, a fragrance and aroma that can damage the liver in high doses. Ceylon cinnamon contains less coumarin than cassia cinnamon. However, adults would have to consume very large amounts of cinnamon every day to damage the liver.
However, caution should be exercised in children due to their lower body weight, as excessive cinnamon consumption can be dangerous for them. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recommends a maximum of 30 grams of cinnamon stars (approximately six small cinnamon stars) or 100 grams of gingerbread per day for small children with a body weight of 15 kilograms. An adult person with a body weight of 60 kilos, on the other hand, should consume around 120 grams of cinnamon stars (equivalent to about 24 small cookies) or 400 grams of gingerbread a day, provided that no other coumarin from other sources is consumed. (kh)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Magistra Artium (M.A.) Katja Helbig
- Steels, Eleanor et al .: A randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study of intranasal standardized cinnamon bark extract for seasonal allergic rhinitis; in: Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Vol. 47, 2019, Science Direct
- Federal Institute for Risk Assessment: Questions and answers on coumarin in cinnamon and other foods. www.bfr.bund.de (accessed on December 16, 2019), BfR