Q. A few months ago, I read in your column about someone who was using cinnamon to lower cholesterol and found that it also helped alleviate the symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon. I tried it for Raynaud’s, and I’m happy to say it works like a charm.
The beauty of it is I only have to take the cinnamon if it’s a chilly morning and I’m going to be outside. Now I can walk my dogs, go on a bird walk or go for a hike all in complete comfort.

A. We’re glad to know this remedy works for you. In Raynaud’s phenomenon, small blood vessels overreact to cold and the fingers become quite painful as the vessels constrict. They may also turn white or blue. We are delighted to learn that cinnamon capsules ease the discomfort for you.

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  1. Britni B.
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    I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s 4 years ago. My ex-boyfriend suggested that I take Cayenne Pepper to help relieve the symptoms. I may warn that you MUST take it with food, it will burn your stomach. You will also notice a slight burning sensation if you do not drink enough water through out the day. When I was diagnosed, I was delivering parts in the wind & cold. Since then, I have not been out in the cold for 8 hours straight, I have not had such severe symptoms as when I was diagnosed. Talk to your local health food store about herbal remedies for increased blood flow, they are extremely helpful when I have needed it. Good luck with finding something that works for you. Let us all know how these remedies work for you.

  2. firdos
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    I’m taking cod liver oil and vitamin E for Raynaud and it works.

  3. byoungda
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    I’ve been reading the above comments with hope that this will help my Raynaud’s primary. But then I also saw the new article on cassia cinnamon being possibly harmful. Will the benefit to my Raynaud’s be greater than any potential harm? I just take one cinnamon capsule daily.
    Thanks!

  4. Lori
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    I didn’t see your original post.. what is it exactly that you are taking for your Reynaud’s?
    Thanks!

  5. rky
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    I recently went to the local co-op to buy cinnamon and I saw that there were two kinds of cinnamon: Cassia Cinnamon and Ceylon Cinnamon. I asked a worker the difference, and she gave me some info to read about it. Cassia cinnamon is the classic stuff that everyone uses, but Ceylon Cinnamon is a much milder and more medicinal cinnamon because it has much less coumarin, which is what makes cinnamon dangerous to take in high doses. The price difference was pretty big though (granted I was at a fairly expensive co-op, so I’m sure you can find either one for much cheaper elsewhere). Ceylon was 26-something a pound whereas cassia was 8-something a pound, but if you’re taking the stuff in high doses, it may be best to go with ceylon. Ceylon has a different taste than the classic stuff too, but I found that I actually like it better. It’s a little earthier and I could imagine eating it not only with sweet foods, but savory ones as well.
    Another great remedy for Raynaud’s that I recently discovered is CAYENNE. You can fill capsules with it and take one a day. Another trick is to put cayenne in olive oil and rub it on your hands and feet.

  6. Kathy R.
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    My sister has Raynaud’s. It was getting pretty bad with the arterial spasms in her toes especially. She lives in South Bend, Indiana. I told her to use magnesium citrate, about 400 to 500 mg /day and gingko biloba, 120 mg of the extract. Both of these are known to improve circulation and relieve the arterial spasms by vasodilation. She called back 8 days later and said she is doing much better. Hope this info can help someone else.

  7. dw
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    be on the lookout for constipation with cinnamon’ otherwise use liberally.

  8. jq
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    I had reynards disease when I was in my teens and twenties then it went away don’t know how my hands are still cold at times but not uncomfortable. I use l aggine 2000 mg and taurine 500 ginger and cayenne pepper that latter is king of all herbs. try it for cold hands and feet jq

  9. RigglRord
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    I live in a warm climate, so I was puzzled to be dianosed with Raynaud’s, nonetheless after doing research on channel blockers, which was my only offer I ended up on this site. The cinnamon was a Godsend. The cinnamon has worked extremely well on my hands. Don’t look at my feet often as Raynaud’s doesn’t seem to bother them at all. In general it has made me appreciate the preciousness of my hands. Thank you for all the cinnamon comments. I too use cinnamon on my foods and in my beverages. I’ve been told it takes a lot to overdose. If anyone knows the exact amount, I’d appreciate knowing it.
    Thank you again!

  10. F M
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    My husband has raynauds for last 2 years, he takes high blood pressure medication and some medication for reflux, can he take cinnamon tablets with these meds? And do you have to take cinnamon tablets every day or when you are going out in cold? Please reply my question asap cause I am really worried.

  11. Anonymous
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    Have had Raynauds as long as I can remember and always thought it was very uncomfortable but not extremely serious. Recently was seen by an interventional radiologist and was told I could end up losing toes if not txd. Started with Nifedipine ER/XL 60 mg.1xqd.,which I could not tolerate, next was Amlodipine Besylate 2.5 mg.1xqd which I could not tolerate either.
    Both are b/p meds and my b/p can run on the low side to begin with. My feet are in bad shape, no doubt about that, the big toe on my R foot stands up straight, the rest bend downward and all are very difficult to move. The L foot is not quite as bad and, of course I am concerned. I am going to try the Cinnamon tabs and some Vitamin E. I have been reading some books by MD’s who feel Americans are overdxd. and therefore overtxd. and the pharma companies are actually selling sickness.
    Don’t know quite what to think about it anymore. I do not have trouble walking at all and I do exercise (weight bearing) 3x per week, a pretty strenuous class. Also try to do yoga. My feet bother me most at night, when I am relaxing and they are ice cold. Do wear support hose and that does seem to help somewhat. Also wrap them in a heating pad to warm them which also works. Obviously do not want to lose any toes. Any suggestions would be helpful and greatly appreciated!!
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT SILDENAFIL (VIAGRA) MAY BE HELPFUL FOR RAYNAUD’S THAT RESULTS FROM SCLEROSIS. PLEASE ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT THIS. HERE’S A LINK: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.30195/abstract

  12. cheryl
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    For the past 8+ years, I typically started my day with oatmeal and maybe 1 tsp. of cinnamon. I still have Raynaud’s episodes pretty frequently. Could it be that in powder form, I am not taking enough?

  13. DRS
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    Somebody asked me the dose I have been taking. I take the recommended dose on the bottle. Each pill is 250mg, and it says to take two pills twice a day before a meal. So I take 500mg before breakfast, and then again before dinner. I have been taking it for almost a week, and have had no major Raynaud’s the entire time. My hands get cold, and once in a while show little splotches of white, but they quickly disappear.
    The ultimate test for me was yesterday when I went into our grocery store (I ALWAYS get Raynaud’s there). They keep the air conditioning cranked up very high in there. I started to get cold, and looked down at my hands to see if they would turn white (like they usually do), but all I saw was a few splotches of white, which quickly disappeared.
    I almost always have to use a hand warmer before I leave the store, and then it usually takes 30 minutes for my hands to return to normal, but not this time. No Raynaud’s. I still wear gloves, partly out of habit, but also to take the edge off the cold. Well, I”m off to take another dose. . .

  14. DRS
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    I have severe Raynaud’s in my hands and feet, related to CREST syndrome. I read this review and bought Cinnulin PF because I was desperate for relief. I have been taking the recommended dose for three days, and have not had any major Raynaud’s flare-ups. My hands still get cold, and I have had little tinges of white which quickly go away, but they don’t turn completely white, like they usually do. I can’t express my gratitude enough to finally find something that actually works.

  15. J Bass
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    I’m sorry I didn’t include the information on dosage in my first posting. I’m using Cinsulin (bought it at Costco). The recommended dosage is 2 capsules, which gives you 500 mcg of cinnamon extract. I take it if it’s a very cold morning (we keep our house quite cool), and if I know I’m going to be outside.

  16. Brent B.
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    I had Raynaud’s Syndrome years ago — a few of my fingers would actually turn white in the winter! But since I use ginger I don’t have that problem. Still in recent months I have noticed a tingly sensation in my left hand. So I started taking a vitamin B-complex and that seems to be helping. I’ll also have to check out the cinnamon — my oldest brother takes it to prevent diabetes. Thanks for all the great information!

  17. sherri
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    Remember also cinnamon is great for type 2 diabetes control. It helps lower the blood sugar.

  18. S
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    I would also like to know how much cinnamon. This winter has been unbearable and I can not go into the grocery store with out hand warmers. Thanks for the help!!!

  19. dk
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    I have Raynaud’s syndrome and was prescribed Norvasc, which works really well. I thought it was funny I haven’t needed to take it in awhile. Probably ever since I started taking cinnamon for glycemic control! 2+2=4!

  20. Morning Star
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    This really caught my attention. For over a year, I’ve been eating daily oatmeal with a sprinkling of cinnamon, in the hope of helping reduce my cholesterol. I’ve also noticed that my Reynaud’s has not been as severe as it had been, but never made the connection. Coincidence? I’d be very cautious about taking the capsules because overdose is a real possibility. I think I will, however, sprinkle a bit more of that cinnamon on my oatmeal.

  21. RR
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    I too, have had Renaud’s for many years. How much cinnamon, and in what form, should I try? My fingers can turn blue even when I am not in a real cold environment.

  22. Humble1
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    Thank you–will definitely try it. Would love to know the dose used.

  23. Anne T
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    I have had great success with Vitamin E (natural mixed tocopherols, 400 mg) for Raynauds Syndrome that attacks my toes in cold weather. My worst attack was around 1976. Even heavy fur-lined boots in the house didn’t help. A doctor friend listened and recommended the orthopedists who did a thorough work-up with no diagnosis other than “it’s not gout!” and sent me to a circulatory specialist. By the time I could see him, I had been taking Vitamin E for about three weeks, and had nothing to show him, thank God. For me, anyway, the natural Vitamin E works perfectly — 34 years now with my Raynauds under control.

  24. R.U
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    Thanks for this post. I would try anything to help alleviate the pain I get in my fingers, even from a simple shopping trip in the frozen food isle.
    How much (or how many milligrams) is needed per dose, and how many times a day? Also – do you only take the supplements prior to exposure (if you know you’re going to be out in the cold)?
    Thank you.

  25. Jenny
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    Cinnamon can be hard on the body in high doses. I purchase Cinnulin PF, a product that is safer that straight Cinnamon. My hands really sting in cold weather and I’m going to try taking Cinnulin to see if that helps. Thanks for the tip.

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