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Health & Medical UnderGround >> Cassia Cinnamon, How Dangerous?


5/5/11 9:09 PM
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oblongo
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At my doctor's advice, I've been taking cinnamon supplements. But what I've been buying is cassia, and I've read it's toxic. He says at the dose i'm taking that won't be a problem, and true cinnamon seems to be considerably more expensive.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the difference between true cinnamon and cassia?
5/6/11 10:59 AM
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 If you are taking a supplement, make sure it is an extract that does not contain coumarin(the problem compound in cassia cinnamon...shown to cause liver damage and may also be carcinogenic).  Coumarin is not water soluble, so another way to get the supposed benefits of cinnamon without the dangers of coumarin is to boil water and make "tea" with cinnamon sticks.  Or you could just buy ceylon(aka true) cinnamon, which has a MUCH smaller amount of coumarin.

Europe has developed some standards for coumarin intake.  Read this:

http://www.bfr.bund.de/en/selected_questions_about_coumarin_in_cinnamon_and_other_foods-8487.html

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