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Username: Ed2001

Post Number: 171
Registered: 03-2010
Posted on Sunday, January 02, 2011 - 11:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

I wanted to ask if anyone takes cinnamon with anything they eat on a regular basis. I've just began to add cinnamon on my oatmeal during my mid-afternoon snack, and was wondering if it had any contraindicated effects with our anti-rejection drugs.
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Jack R
Username: Jack_r

Post Number: 223
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 07:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Hello Ed,
I was skeptical at first. After a bad gout attack I was left with some Arthritis in my big toe. I now take a 500 Cinnamon capsule once a day and it does seem to minimize the discomfort.
I asked my support team and they had no issue with using it. Being a heart Transplant I don't how this would apply to liver or kidney transplants.
Cardiac history going back to 1993. Heart Transplant received in Oct. 2004. Interesting first year and have been very physically active ever since. I currently am pro-active with the SE PA. Gift of Life and a member of Johns Hopkins patient administered Heart Transplant Foundation.
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Username: Gregg

Post Number: 4315
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 07:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Actually ed and Jack, I eat cinnamon on my oatmeal on a daily basis. They say that cinnamon helps to lower blood sugar. I dunno if it does, but it tastes good! I also eat dried cherries on my oatmeal and they say that something about cherries helps with gout, too.
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Username: Johnhollenbach56

Post Number: 388
Registered: 12-2009
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 08:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Good morning Ed,

I used cinnamon on the coffee grounds to break my habit of using sugar in it. It gave the coffee a unique taste that required no sweetener of any type. I use it when baking to reduce the amount of sugar/sweenter needed - but the amounts I use should not affect anything. If I were to use the capsule's for 'medicinal' purposes I would first consult my transplant team.

Stay well,
Jack Hollenbach
Received double lung transplant August 2, 2007 for COPD at UCSD Thornton Hospital, San Diego, CA

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Username: Breathinsteven

Post Number: 2236
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 09:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Hi Ed!

I agree with all of the above... A few years ago they came out with some evidence that cinnamon seemed to help / stabilize blood sugar levels -- that a half teaspoon seemed to be good for diabetics... I'm not sure where that went...

I'm not aware that it bothers any anti-rejection drugs -- though, as Jack pointed out -- it's probably a good idea to confer with your transplant team... You're quite a ways out from transplant -- so your immune suppression levels are probably at a very reasonable level... For people the first several months to a year out -- we should probably be more careful about eating spices that are not cooked with our food... We never know how long spices have been on the shelf, and whether there could be any fungi growing in them... That would likely be more critical early in our transplant / immunosuppression careers...

I pour cinnamon pretty freely in coffee grounds, oatmeal and on toast now...

Love, Steve
CF, Dbl-Lung Recip April 2000
Joe Berry
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Username: Joe910

Post Number: 249
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 10:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

I too am a fan of Cinnamon. I take it primarily for the positive impact on glucose. I take two 500 mg capsules per day. My transplant center is OK with it. I have been on it since about 3 months out when I was having a difficult time keeping my glucose where it should be,
Joe Berry, Peoria, IL USA
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Username: Relivkaren

Post Number: 5106
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 10:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

I LOVE cinnamon!! I don't know about cellular memory, but every since my transplant I can't get enough cinnamon. I drink cinnamon in my tea, on my toast, in my oatmeal. I love it. I have never had to go on insulin and my blood sugar levels have been very good. I think it's the cinnamon.

I have done some research on cinnamon. Apparently, it can be toxic to the liver if you take too much of Cassia cinnamon (the normal kind you find in the grocery store). From what I can find 1/2 - 1 tsp. a day of cinnamon (Cassia) is okay.

There is a "true cinnamon" - ceylon cinnamon that is not supposed to be toxic. It is hard to find. It is from Sri Lanka. I did find it at Whole Foods. It is sweet and more mild tasting than the Cassia cinnamon. I really like it. You can buy Ceylon cinnamon supplements too - you would probably have to order them online.

I think that any cinnamon is good for you in moderation. As we all know around here, moderation is the key.

Enjoy that cinnamon! Yum! Yum!!

God Bless!
Dx: BOOP - May 2006. Rediagnosed with Bronchiolitis Obliterans Nov. 2006
Double lung transplant on Dec. 1st, 2009
Cleveland Clinic

Ohio, USA

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Username: Rise

Post Number: 15350
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - 08:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Great share Karen!
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