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Some Forms of Cinnamon Linked to Liver Damage

Posted Jun 21 2013 10:08pm
Posted on June 19, 2013, 6 a.m. in Dietary Supplementation

Researchers at the American Chemical Society have issued a safety warning concerning many kinds of cinnamon, cinnamon-flavored foods and beverages, and food supplements. Ikhlas Khan and colleagues found that many cinnamon-containing foods, beverages and supplements do not contain “true” Ceylon cinnamon, which is derived from the dried inner bark of Cinnamomum verum. Analysis revealed that most contained a much cheaper type of cinnamon called cassia cinnamon, which can contain high levels of coumarin, a substance that has been linked to liver damage.  The authors concluded: "As found in this study, coumarin was present, sometimes in substantial amounts, in cinnamon-based food supplements and cinnamon-flavored foods."

Yan-Hong Wang, Bharathi Avula, NP Dhammika Nanayakkara, Jianping Zhao, Ikhlas A Khan. Cassia Cinnamon as a Source of Coumarin in Cinnamon-Flavored Food and Food Supplements in the United States. J Agric Food Chem. 2003;61:4470–4476.

  
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