Cinnamon and IBS: Not as Good as You Think
If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and intend to add cinnamon to your diet but do not know that Cinnamon is good or bad for IBS, you’re in the right place.
In this post, I will focus on 3 questions:
- Why cinnamon is good for IBS ?
- When you should not add cinnamon to your diet ?
- What form should you take cinnamon ?
Because the effectiveness of cinnamon depends on IBS causes, you need to know about the causes of IBS first.
The IBS Causes
IBS is a popular disorder of the large intestine. The most common signs and symptoms of IBS include:
- Cramping, abdominal pain, bloating
- Excess gas Diarrhea or constipation, or both
- Mucus in the stool
The precise causes of IBS are not known yet. The most potential factors include:
- Muscle contractions in the intestine: The walls of the intestines are lined with layers of muscle that contract as they move food through your digestive tract. Contractions that are stronger and last longer than normal can cause gas, bloating and diarrhea. Weak intestinal contractions can slow food passage and lead to hard, dry stools.
- Nervous system: Abnormalities in the nerves in your digestive system may cause you to experience greater than normal discomfort when your abdomen stretches from gas or stool. Poorly coordinated signals between the brain and the intestines can cause your body to overreact to changes that normally occur in the digestive process, resulting in pain, diarrhea or constipation.
- Inflammation in the intestines: Some people with IBS have an increased number of immune-system cells in their intestines. This immune-system response is associated with pain and diarrhea.
- Severe infection: IBS can develop after a severe bout of diarrhea (gastroenteritis) caused by bacteria or a virus. IBS might also be associated with a surplus of bacteria in the intestines (bacterial overgrowth).
Cinnamon and IBS
Cinnamon contains Eugenol and Cinnamaldehyde. Both of them have carminative, astringent, stimulant and antiseptic properties. If your IBS is caused by bacteria or a virus, this natural disinfectant property is able to help manage IBS effectively.
If your IBS is not caused by infection or inflammation in the intestines, cinnamon also helps relieve symptoms. Eugenol is a mild painkiller, which can help calm cramping and stop the pain and movement of the colon to control diarrhea.
Cinnamon also contains Catechins, a form of anti-oxidant. It helps ease stomach discomfort, bloating, gas and indigestion.
Can cinnamon trigger IBS?
One of the IBS triggers is food allergy. Food allergy depends on your genetics. Many people have worse IBS symptoms when they eat spices such as chili, turmeric, ginger, peppermint, cumin, coriander. If you have an allergy to cinnamon, you should not take it.
What form should I take Cinnamon?
If mixed with sugar and salt solution it will help with the dehydration caused by diarrhea.
- Powder formulation: 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of salt in 250mls (1 cup) of warm water.
- When to take: Sip slowly throughout the day. Take up to three times daily.
Hopefully this information on cinnamon and IBS will at least give you another alternative for treating this debilitating condition.