Oxalates in Cinnamon

Oxalates in Cinnamon

October 2, 2019 19 By Ewald Bahringer


“Oxalates in Cinnamon” Like soy, the spice turmeric
may also suppress human fat cells, and not only have an
antiproliferative effect on cancer, but may prevent cancer metastases
by inhibiting cancer cell invasion. The main turmeric compound is even
being considered as a leading treatment for multidrug-resistant breast cancer. If it’s so good for you, though,
why not take a lot of it? Not some extract,
but actual turmeric, the whole food,
but just in large doses— three grams;
six or seven capsules a day. Is that a bad idea? Does it not matter either way? Or, the more the better? Unfortunately, it turns out
turmeric has too much oxalate to take that kind of daily dose, which would increase
our risk of kidney stones. And anyone who thinks kidney stones
aren’t a big deal has never passed an oxalate kidney stone
out through their urethra. So keep it under a
teaspoon of turmeric a day. Notice the title, though:
what about cinnamon? Like turmeric, cinnamon seems
to have all sorts of amazing benefits, but also like turmeric,
is high in oxalates. In fact, cinnamon has the same
amount of oxalates that turmeric does. So, is a spoonful of cinnamon
too much, too? Harmful, harmless, or helpful? Even a few spoonfuls
a day is not too much, because it’s not what you eat,
it’s what you absorb. And while cinnamon and turmeric
have the same amount of oxalates, more than 90% of the
turmeric oxalates are soluble— versus less than 10%
of those from the cinnamon. To get the benefits, though,
we’ve got to eat cinnamon every day. After just a single day of eating
a daily teaspoon of cinnamon, you can see, with the dotted line,
how well it blunts the blood sugar spike you get when you eat
a whopping load of sugar. On day 15, they stopped
eating cinnamon, though, and you can see how, by the next day,
the effect was gone. So we have to keep it up.