Cinnamon is one of the many substances that supposedly have an effect on inducing a miscarriage. It is a known fact that cinnamon contains all sorts of powerful attributes and there has been quite a significant amount of research conducted to gain an understanding of the usage of cinnamon for several health conditions such as diabetes, cancer and pregnancy. However, no study so far that has been carried out has been able to prove or reject the claim that a miscarriage can occur if a pregnant woman consumes cinnamon. The existing claims and information were based on the possibility that this would happen if you consumed cinnamon in large quantities, but there is no fixed or agreed amount that could be considered a large amount by everyone.
There is however, some evidence that can provide you with all sides of the argument as to whether cinnamon should or should not be eaten during pregnancy and how much is considered dangerous so that you can be assured when you make a decision to remove it from your diet or whether you choose to continue eating it.
Many wonder how much cinnamon should be consumed in general when you are not pregnant. This tends to depend on the type of cinnamon that you will be eating. Cinnamon is usually divided into two types, Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon has a higher quantity of coumarin, a flavouring compound as compared to Ceylon cinnamon. While coumarin has many health advantages, it can be responsible for several issues as well. For women who are no pregnant, the safe amount of Cassia cinnamon to be consumed is around 1-4 grams in a day. There is research that has shown that if more than 4 grams is consumed per day, it can lead to several health issues such as liver damage, respiratory issues and can also increase the risk of cancer. However, this information is only relevant to anyone who is not pregnant.
There is no knowledge of whether the placenta is able to remove the possibly toxic substances that are present in cinnamon and we do not have any confirmed idea of how much a developing fetus can handle. However, it is a known fact that while fetuses have the ability to remove toxic compounds from their systems, this ability has its limits.
As to whether cinnamon is harmful during pregnancy, there is no proper answer and the available information is sparse and there is no confirmation. Many medical websites that are widely popular do not provide any information or advice on whether pregnant women should avoid cinnamon or not, except WebMD , which advises pregnant and breastfeeding women to refrain from consuming cinnamon. The available information on the matter is very conflicting and can lead to confusion.
A study was published that claimed cinnamon has emmenagogue and abortifacient effects. Emmenagogue means that it stimulates blood flow during menstruation while abortifacient means that it can cause spontaneous miscarriage. Another study stated that cinnamon should not be consumed by pregnant women since the available data was not sufficient and it is not considered safe to be eaten since there is a possibility that it may have abortifacient effects. However, this statement does not have enough information to support it and there is no clear amount that would cause those effects to occur.
If you truly wish to understand and know whether cinnamon is compatible with pregnancy, then it would be best to do some personal research and read through the information present and decide for yourself whether it would be safe to consume or not. If you wish to stay on the safe side, which is always best for pregnant women, then you should not consume cinnamon.
However, keep in mind that a minimal amount of cinnamon can be consumed every now and then without worry. This amount refers to mild seasoning or lightly sprinkling the cinnamon on top of desserts or snacks. Since cinnamon is used around the world for many different types of dishes, it is unrealistic and difficult to completely remove it from your diet. It is fine to eat foods that contain a sparse amount of cinnamon such as Thai or Indian food. However, one must definitely stay away from foods that are cinnamon based and have high quantities or be taking any supplements that contain cinnamon. If you consume large amounts of cinnamon or eat it regularly then it could definitely put you at risk.
As you know there is no study that can provide sufficient information on the effects of consuming high quantities of cinnamon, it is agreed on that pregnant women should not use cinnamon essential oil since it may cause uterine contractions. Since cinnamon is a prevalent ingredient used in herbal medicine and teas it is important to be careful when using them and to consult a doctor before consuming them.
Excluding pregnant women, cinnamon is a healthy and useful spice that is good to use and can even be taken for supplementary purposes. Some recommend cinnamon to be used after giving birth to cleanse the uterus, but you should consult a doctor before using it for this purpose. The safest way to consume cinnamon during pregnancy is to remain cautious of it while not completely restricting yourself from it. Do not worry if you consume it in small amounts every now and then, just make sure you do not eat it regularly and in large amounts.