Increased heart rate, sedation, and other risks are negative effects of Cinnamon if consumed too much
Cinnamon is a spice that, in addition to giving aroma and flavor to your food, is commonly used for medicinal purposes and even to help lose weight. Its use in moderate amounts is considered safe. However, consumption in excessive amounts can have adverse effects on health,
Compounds in cinnamon have properties antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and antimicrobial.
Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a phytochemical that can fight viruses, lower blood sugar and prevent diabetes, lower cholesterol, and protect against neurodegenerative diseases. It reduces viral load and some evidence indicates that it may reduce the rate of progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the journal of Harvard Medical School.
How much is moderate consumption
Cinnamon has received Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status by the FDA. At doses of up to 6 grams per day for an adult, no significant adverse reactions have been reported. But as with other spices, it is recommended to consume in moderation.
Daily consumption of 1 to 3 grams of cinnamon has been enough to show positive effects to improve blood glucose and insulin levels.
Negative Effects Of Cinnamon If Consumed Excessively
Increased heart rate and subsequent sedation
Human consumption of large amounts of cinnamon bark or moderate amounts of cinnamon oil increases heart rate, intestinal motility, the frequency respiratory, and perspiration through a chemical stimulation of the vasomotor center.
The period of body acceleration is followed by a period of sedation that includes drowsiness or depression, refers to the specialized site Drugs.
Injuries to the mouth and risk factor for oral cancers.
Cinnamaldehyde can trigger an allergic reaction when consumed in large amounts. Small amounts of the spice are usually not a problem because saliva prevents the chemicals from staying in contact with the mouth for too long, Healthline explains.
They have also been reported lesions of the oral mucosa, commonly associated with cinnamon-flavored gum and candies, and exposure to cinnamon oil has been cited as a risk factor for oral cancers.
Risk of liver damage
Consuming too much coumarin (a compound in cinnamon) may increase the risk of Hepatic injury.
A woman presented acute hepatitis with cholestatic characteristics after taking cinnamon supplements for 1 week than provided higher doses to those obtained only with the diet.
There are two types of cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, and Cassia cinnamon, the latter is the most common in supermarkets, the most used, and contains a higher amount of coumarin than Celián.
Low blood sugar levels
Cinnamon is known for its ability to lower blood sugar. Consuming large amounts of spice can make it too low.
When blood sugar begins to drop, a hormone signals the liver to release glucose. But if the liver does not release glucose you have hypoglycemia, which has as symptoms: hunger, tremors, dizziness, slurred speech, confusion, feeling anxious or weak.
In diabetics, cinnamon can enhance the effects of medicines for diabetes and thereby cause hypoglycemia.
Eating or inhaling large amounts of dried cinnamon May cause throat irritation, vomiting, the danger of suffocation and permanently damaging your lungs.
The lungs cannot break down the fibers of the spice. It can accumulate in the lungs and cause lung inflammation known as aspiration pneumonia.
Cinnamon can interact with medications for diabetes, heart disease, and liver disease.