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Cinnamon is an herb that comes from tree bark native to Southeast Asian countries such as China and India. While the spice is commonly used in cooking, it is also available in supplement form. In fact, cinnamon has been used in folk and alternative medicine for centuries. Its use dates back to ancient times. During that era, cinnamon was relied upon as a treatment for bronchitis (respiratory disease). Over time, folk medicine also adopted cinnamon as a treatment for such conditions as stomach upset, appetite loss, and diabetes. Some researchers believe that cinnamon may have the ability to reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. This could mean that cinnamon might be helpful in lowering the risk of blood sugar spikes after eating food. However, not enough studies have researched the effect of cinnamon on human participants. As a result, additional research is essential to confirm the potential benefits of cinnamon as an herbal supplement.
Types of Effects
Cinnamon comes in a variety of forms at Walgreens. Capsules come in a variety of strengths. They can be taken daily with other supplements or vitamins. You can find cinnamon capsules in strengths as low as 500 mg and as high as 2000 mg. Many of these capsules are pure cinnamon. However, others feature additional ingredients with potential benefits. For example, you can find cinnamon capsules with biotin, green tea, chromium, blueberry, and alpha lipoic acid. Consider the combination of ingredients that best works for you when choosing cinnamon capsules from Walgreens. Before you add a cinnamon supplementation to your diet, consider the potential side effects. The National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that cinnamon is generally considered safe when taken in doses of 6 grams or less for a period of up to 6 weeks. However, cinnamon allergies do exist. Individuals with such allergies should avoid these capsules. In addition, people should not use cinnamon capsules to replace traditional medical care. This is especially the case for diabetics. Talk with your doctor before taking a cinnamon supplement. He or she will consider your complete health profile when determining whether you should add cinnamon capsules to your daily routine.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience side effects.