Cinnamon Arrhythmia

Back in October of 2009 I wrote about my Arrhythmia with my heart. I traveled to Seattle to have a specialist perform a Cardiac Ablation which was supposed to fix my arrhythmia. That procedure failed and left my doctors standing around scratching their heads.

I was given some meds to reduce the occurrences and length of my arrhythmia episodes, but it was not a solution. Eventually my arrhythmia went away on it’s own and I quit taking the meds. Then without warning the arrhythmia came back which led me to really think about what I was doing.

When I first saw a doctor about this and found out I would have to travel to Seattle to have the Cardiac Ablation I stopped doing everything that was not “normal” for me. I stopped my diet, I quite taking my vitamin supplements. I just tried to take it easy and relax more.

When my Arrhythmia went away on it’s own months and months later down the line I started back up on a new diet. Then, one by one I started adding supplements back into my system. I noticed that shortly after I added Cinnamon back into my system the arrhythmia returned. If I stopped taking it the arrhythmia would go away. If I added it back again it would return. So I have quit taking Cinnamon supplements all together.

This information may be helpful for someone else so I am blogging about it.

The irony of this is that I have always been told that cinnamon is supposed to be great for heart heath.

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  1. Cinnamon is deadly! My best friend has an allergic reaction if she even smells the stuff. Ingesting it comes close to killing her. But that’s awesome!

  2. Hi Youseph!

    Pleased to hear that you discovered what causes your arrhythmia.
    I managed to do the same, but fortunately before the operating table.
    While some arrhythmia’s require operation/drugs to keep them under control, others cab be treated by merely changing your diet.
    I’ve written a pretty long article on my arrhythmia which you can read here:
    http://www.mcarticles.com/a/how-i-cured-my-arrhythmia-a-personal-story/
    I hope this information can help others too!

    Cheers,
    Nikola

  3. I nearly died when i consumed some cinnamon once im not kidding i was in the hospital for massive heart arrhythmia for like 3 days and it took nearly 6 months to recover. I told the doctors what i thought it was but they just laughed at such a preposterous idea. But i know what happened doctos dont know wtf their doing half the time trust yourself and your instinct.

  4. OK, so this thread confirms what I have noticed as well about cinnamon supplements. I have stopped taking them and this has drastically reduced my symptoms, over about a two week period. Interesting that this potential side effect is not wide known or advertised…

  5. Thank you! I have been drinking cinnamon infused water and noticed that my arrhthmia had gotten worse in the last few months…I drink about 1 gallon every 2-3 days. I am stopping this now. I guarantee things wil improve! I thought I was crazy! Thank you!

  6. This is an interesting post.. I have recently been diagnosed with an arrhythmia and I *think* the red thread I’ve drawn between major episodes is cinnamon. The first time in homemade Indian chai tea, and the second after consuming a cinnamon-heavy rice pudding. Looks like I’ll be taking a wide berth around both for a time. I’ve never had a problem with it until several weeks ago, but it appears to be a stimulant for my beats.

    • I have quit taking any cinnamon supplements and have drastically reduced my casual intake as well and I have virtually no arrhythmia episodes… granted this is anecdotal evidence but I do know it is the cause for me. Hoping you find it works for you too! BTW, I have found virtually no info from the medical community on this side effect… perhaps it only occurs in a small percentage of people…

  7. I have been chasing palpitations also, I attribute it to either cinnamon caps, clove caps, or oregano caps, very interesting post, I think you are spot on!

  8. Off and on for seven years my EKGs were showing abnormal if I was scheduled for a surgery or check-up. I ate a cherry pie covered with cinnamon after my lunch at McDonalds one day and returned to work with a really abnormal heartbeat and really short of breath. At that time I did not know that Cinnamon was giving me problems. I had just been to my doctors office and had an abnormal EKG. I was so short of breath that I talked with one of the doctors that worked down the hall from me. He said with the abnormal EKG and abnormal heartbeats that I should go to the emergency room. After the ER did my EKG, they came running with aspirin and oxygen thinking I was having a heart attack. They kept me overnight and did a stress test and Echo of the heart and both tests were negative. A few days later I was eating a piece of pumpkin pie and the abnormal heartbeats returned with the shortness of breath. I tied the 2 times that I had had cinnamon in my diet and I lived on Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal for years. I stopped cinnamon totally at this point in 2010 and I have not had another abnormal EKG or abnormal heartbeat since. A few years ago I had a heart cath done and it was negative so I know that the cinnamon was what was causing my reactions with my heart symptoms.

    Hope going off of cinnamon helps you too!