Last update Dec. 23, 2021

Cinnamon

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

The bark of tender branches is used. Constituents are trans-cinnamic aldehyde and Eugenol (Fitoterapia.net, WHO 1999 p95). There are no clinical studies that adequately support the medicinal properties traditionally attributed as spasmolytic, carminative and antidiarrheal nor its effect in type 2 diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome. (Heshmati 2021. WHO 1999 p100)

There are no clinical trials that adequately support the medicinal properties traditionally attributed as spasmolytic, carminative and antidiarrheal, nor its effect in type 2 diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome. (Heshmati 2021, WHO 1999)

At latest update relevant published data on its excretion into breast milk were not found.

Cinnamon is commonly used as spice and flavoring for food and infusions. Widely used during lactation in some cultures. (Eid 2020)

Out of occasional irritation on skin and mucosa, there is a lack of toxicity and side-effects at the usual dosage. Do not overcome the usual amount used for food preparation.

Precautions when taking plant preparations (Anderson 2017, Powers 2015, Posadzki 2013, Efferth 2011, Kopec 1999):

  • Make sure they are from a reliable source. Poisonings have occurred due to confusion of one plant with another with toxic properties (Hsu 1995), poisonings due to containing heavy metals extracted from the soil and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi.
  • Do not take in excess. Follow the recommendations of professional experts in herbal medicine. “Natural” products are not good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which a large part of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can cause poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors if they are consumed in an exaggerated quantity or time, because they contain phytoestrogens. (Powers 2015, Zava 1998)

 

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Cinnamon since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Other names

Cinnamon is also known as


Cinnamon in other languages or writings:

Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Cinnamon in its composition:

  • Agua del Carmen™. Contains other elements than Cinnamon in its composition
  • Digestion Calming Drops™. Contains other elements than Cinnamon in its composition
  • Eau des Carmes (Belgium)™. Contains other elements than Cinnamon in its composition
  • Pervivo™. Contains other elements than Cinnamon in its composition
  • Relaxcol™. Contains other elements than Cinnamon in its composition

References

  1. Heshmati J, Sepidarkish M, Morvaridzadeh M, Farsi F, Tripathi N, Razavi M, Rezaeinejad M. The effect of cinnamon supplementation on glycemic control in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Food Biochem. 2021 Jan;45(1):e13543. Abstract
  2. Eid AM, Jaradat N. Public Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice on Herbal Remedies Used During Pregnancy and Lactation in West Bank Palestine. Front Pharmacol. 2020 Feb 14;11:46. Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  3. Anderson PO. Herbal Use During Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Abstract
  4. Powers CN, Setzer WN. A molecular docking study of phytochemical estrogen mimics from dietary herbal supplements. In Silico Pharmacol. 2015 Mar 22;3:4. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  5. Posadzki P, Watson L, Ernst E. Contamination and adulteration of herbal medicinal products (HMPs): an overview of systematic reviews. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2013 Abstract
  6. Ranasinghe P, Pigera S, Premakumara GA, Galappaththy P, Constantine GR, Katulanda P. Medicinal properties of 'true' cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): a systematic review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  7. EMA (European Medicines Agency) - Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC). Community herbal monograph on Cinnamomum verum J.S. Presl, cortex None 2011 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  8. Efferth T, Kaina B. Toxicities by herbal medicines with emphasis to traditional Chinese medicine. Curr Drug Metab. 2011 Abstract
  9. Kopec K. Herbal medications and breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1999 Jun;15(2):157-61. Review. No abstract available. Abstract
  10. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume I. WHO monographs 1999 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  11. Zava DT, Dollbaum CM, Blen M. Estrogen and progestin bioactivity of foods, herbs, and spices. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1998 Abstract
  12. Hsu CK, Leo P, Shastry D, Meggs W, Weisman R, Hoffman RS. Anticholinergic poisoning associated with herbal tea. Arch Intern Med. 1995 Abstract

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