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Cinnamon may reduce menstrual cramps
Menstrual cramps are nearly universal and can interfere with daily activities and quality of life. The most common treatments are over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or prescription medications, both of which can have serious short- and long-term side effects. In this study 76 college women with untreated, moderately painful menstrual cramps took a placebo or two 420 mg capsules of dried cinnamon bark three times per day during the first three days of the period. Compared to placebo, bleeding was significantly lighter, pain scores were one-third lower at 24 hours, and 50 percent lower at 48 hours. Also, nausea and vomiting were much less in the cinnamon group.


Reference: Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2015; 17(4): e27032.
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