Spices such as cinnamon may help with acid reflux. However, the relationship between cinnamon and acid reflux is still under exploration, and limited scientific evidence supports its use.

Acid reflux is a common gastrointestinal disorder characterized by the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus. It causes discomfort and a burning sensation in the chest.

Although various medications can ease symptoms, some individuals prefer alternative remedies such as cinnamon. It has a range of health benefits, and some people claim it can alleviate acid reflux symptoms.

This article examines cinnamon and acid reflux, including its potential benefits and side effects.

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No research specifically states that cinnamon can positively or negatively affect acid reflux symptoms.

However, a 2021 study suggests that it may help with functional dyspepsia. This condition, also known as non-ulcer dyspepsia, is characterized by recurring pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen. It also causes bloating, nausea, and a feeling of fullness after eating very little food.

Researchers compared the effects of cinnamon or sesame oil in 64 participants who took the oil-filled capsules for 6 weeks. Both groups reported a significant reduction in symptoms of vomiting, nausea, bloating, and stomach pain at the end of the study.

As both groups had similar results, it is challenging to draw any solid conclusions from the study regarding the effects of cinnamon.

Despite anecdotal reports of cinnamon’s health effects, its direct benefits for acid reflux are still uncertain. Early research highlights some general health benefits.

For example, a 2015 review of studies on animals and humans suggests that cinnamon may reduce blood sugar.

Other older research in animals showed that an extract in cinnamon bark called CEppt has properties that may prevent the formation of certain substances in the brain that can play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.

Cinnamon is generally safe when consumed in the amounts typically used in food and cooking. However, if someone uses it in very large quantities or for long periods, they could experience side effects such as digestive upsets or allergic reactions.

Furthermore, cassia cinnamon contains a chemical called coumarin, which can harm the liver when consumed in large quantities. In most cases, consuming cassia cinnamon does not provide enough coumarin to cause significant issues.

Experts do not know if using ceylon cinnamon in amounts greater than those found in foods is safe during pregnancy or while nursing. Therefore, pregnant people should limit their intake or avoid it altogether.

Ginger and turmeric may help with acid reflux and relieve uncomfortable symptoms.

Ginger is a traditional cure for symptoms of various digestive issues, including acid reflux, bloating, and dyspepsia.

Older 2010 research suggests ginger eases pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, which reduces the risk of it allowing stomach acid to flow back into the throat.

Turmeric may help protect cells in the esophagus from corrosive stomach acid damage. A 2019 review suggests that this could be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a compound in turmeric.

If a person frequently experiences acid reflux, they should speak with a doctor and discuss making dietary changes.

While spices may offer potential benefits for acid reflux, they should not be considered a substitute for medical advice or treatment. A person with persistent or severe acid reflux symptoms can consult a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Here are some questions a person can ask a doctor:

  • Is it safe for me to use cinnamon or other spices to manage my acid reflux symptoms?
  • Are there any potential interactions between cinnamon and the medications I am currently taking?
  • How much cinnamon should I consume, and in what form?
  • Are there any precautions or guidelines I should follow when using cinnamon or other spices for acid reflux management?
  • Are there any specific dietary changes I should consider?
  • Can you recommend any other natural remedies for acid reflux relief?
  • How often should I follow up with you to discuss my acid reflux management?

Some people may find that cinnamon helps with acid reflux symptom management. However, its direct effect on the condition is not yet scientifically proven.

While some spices may be associated with health benefits, they should not replace medical advice or treatment.

If someone experiences persistent or severe acid reflux symptoms, they can seek guidance from a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate management plan.