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Cinnamon for Fertility

Updated on October 21, 2011

Cinnamon is an ancient herbal medicine mentioned in Chinese texts for the past 4,000 years. Cinnamon trees grow in tropical areas, including parts of India, China, Madagascar, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Most people are familiar with cinnamon and the sweet but pungent taste of the oil, powder or sticks from the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon has a broad range of medicinal uses in many different cultures, such as diarrhea, colds, and menstrual disorders.

Five Facts on Cinnamon Supplements:

  • Supports normal erectile function.
  • Warms the menses and uterus in women and may be helpful to regulate menstruation
  • Cinnamon is also a very good source of Maganese, dietary fiber, Calcium, and Iron
  • Hard to obtain the beneficial amount in food alone
  • Recommended Fertility Dosage: 2000 mg (2g) per day

Cinnamon helps support sugar and fat metabolism in the body. It also helps to maintain a healthy metabolism of nutrients, making it an excellent choice for an herbal addition to your health program.

Cinnamon contains the important compounds eugenol and cinnamaldehyde, and has been traditionally used for wellness. Cinnamon has been shown to enhance in vitro glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis and to increase phosphorylation of the insulin receptor; moreover, cinnamon extracts are likely to aid in triggering the insulin cascade system.

Cinnamon is used in traditional Chinese medicine for both male and female fertility problems. It is known to stimulate blood flow and warm the reproductive organs, particularly increasing blood flow to the pelvic region. It is long been used to support normal erectile function. Cinnamon is known to warm the menses and uterus in women and may be helpful to regulate menstruation.

Food Sources of Cinnamon:

The easiest food source of cinnamon is the spice known as ground cinnamon. It can be added to an array of foods by sprinkling on or adding to a cooked dish. It can also be used in the form of sticks and simmered in milk, tea, coffee, or other beverage or meal. Cinnamon teas are also very popular.

While using cinnamon in foods can be easy, it may be hard to obtain the beneficial amount in food alone and a supplement should be used as well.

Cinnamon is also a very good source of maganese, dietary fiber, calcium, and iron.


Cinnamon supplements are the result of grinding bark into a water-soluble extract and placing in a pill.

Cinnamon supplements are also available as concentrated teas made from powder, volatile oils, and tinctures.


Typical recommended dosages of ground cinnamon bark are 1 to 4 g daily. Cinnamon oil is used at a dosage of 0.05 to 0.2 g daily.

When using in tea, 2-3 grams of powder is usually used.

Most people prefer to use a pill which contains 1000 mg (1g) or cinnamon, because other forms have a very strong taste that is sometimes difficult to tolerate in concentrated forms.

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